This isn’t the first post I’ve composed strongly recommending that we increase our use of spices in all cooking. Study after study is confirming the incredibly powerful healing and disease prevention qualities in spices.
For some cancers, studies show that using Ceylon Cinnamon was more powerful than chemo drugs in their therapeutic effect.
The beneficial health effects of Ceylon or ‘True’ Cinnamon identified were; a) anti-microbial and anti-parasitic activity, b) lowering of blood glucose, blood pressure and serum cholesterol, c) anti-oxidant and free-radical scavenging properties, d) inhibition of tau aggregation and filament formation (hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease), e) inhibitory effects on osteoclastogenesis, f) anti-secretagogue and anti-gastric ulcer effects, g) anti-nociceptive and anti-inflammatory activity, h) wound healing properties and i) hepato-protective effects. The studies reported minimal toxic and adverse effects.
It’s also an immeasurable kindness to teach our children to learn to love a variety of these healing foods, for the sake of their future health.
This PubMed article, published in Oct. 2011, is yet another declaration that upholds the importance, in fact critical nature, of adding spices to your dishes.
Neuroprotection by Spice-Derived Nutraceuticals: You Are What You Eat!
“… the incidence of certain neurodegenerative diseases among people living in the Asian subcontinent, where people regularly consume spices, is much lower than in countries of the western world.0
Extensive research over the last 10 years has indicated that nutraceuticals derived from such spices as turmeric, red pepper, black pepper, licorice, clove, ginger, garlic, coriander, and cinnamon target inflammatory pathways, thereby may prevent neurodegenerative diseases. How these nutraceuticals modulate various pathways and how they exert neuroprotection are the focus of this review.”
The article outlines several common degenerative diseases like Alzheimers’, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, MS and others, and discusses spices and spice extracts that are proving to be highly therapeutic.
“The prevention of neurodegenerative diseases has been one of the primary goals of researchers, but to make prevention feasible, two objectives must be accomplished: (1) individuals at high risk for the disease must be identified before the symptoms become evident, and (2) compounds that are safe and effective in either reducing or slowing the disease progression need to be developed. Unfortunately, to date, no such safe preventive agents are available. Therefore, there is an urgent need for agents that are pharmacologically safe, cost-effective, and immediately available with minimal side effects.
“.. Unfortunately, to date, no such safe preventive agents are available. Therefore, there is an urgent need for agents that are pharmacologically safe, cost-effective, and immediately available with minimal side effects.
“Spices are one such source that has been used in cooking to add flavor and color to the food.
“Modern molecular tools have shown that spices have active components, called nutraceuticals that contribute to the plethora of properties. Extensive research over the years has also identified the molecular targets of most nutraceuticals [7–9]. During the past decade, a number of nutraceuticals have been identified from spices (Fig. 1). These nutraceuticals are chemically diverse (Fig. 2) with a plethora of effects.”