Gnawing on tree bark turns out to be a good thing, and not just for beavers. According to research, eating a mere 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon a day significantly decreased the blood sugar in people who had type II diabetes. Not only that, this powerful bark decreases cholesterol, keeps your teeth and gums healthy, improves digestion and alleviates the congestion that comes from colds and allergies. It’s also anti-inflammatory and improves blood circulation. If you needed an excuse to eat apple pie, this could be it.
Turmeric is perhaps a less well-known spice, unless you love Indian food and curry. This spice is bright orange and comes from the root of a plant in the ginger family. It is a powerful antioxidant (just as strong as vitamins C and E) and works as an anti-inflammatory agent. In fact, it can be drunk in the form of golden milk to reduce inflammation and joint pain, or put on a swollen area as a poultice. People with liver problems or hepatitis also drink turmeric or take turmeric capsules because this spice increases the production of bile in the liver and protects it from toxins.
One of the great things about ginger is that it improves your muscle tone – but not on your biceps; in your intestinal tract. Yep. Have problems with nausea, diarrhea, stomach aches and gas? Well, ginger is your man. It's so effective that it has been used to prevent nausea and vomiting after surgery and cancer treatments. Some preliminary studies also suggest that ginger may help prevent cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
This leafy herb is not only delicious on pizza or ground up in pesto, but also boosts the cardiovascular system. People who have colds or asthma drink basil tea to make breathing easier and to invigorate the lungs. Basil also has a calming effect on the nerves, relieves headaches, brings down fevers and promotes healing from insect bites and skin infections.
If you have bad breath, try swishing an infusion of oregano around in your mouth as a cure. This herb is great against swollen throats, coughing, insomnia and headaches. Not only that; this herb packs a powerful antioxidant punch. According to this source, oregano has “42 times more antioxidants than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges, and four times more than blueberries.
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Garlic gets some bad rap. All you need to do is mention the phrase 'garlic breath' and someone’s bound to sink to the floor coughing helplessly. Yet, while its reputation for creating sulfurous breath strong enough to knock a man off his horse is probably well founded, there is a lot more to garlic than simple stench.
First, we’ll cover the basics. Garlic is a bulb crop, in the same genus (allium) as leeks and onions. It grows underground and sends up green shoots. Besides being called garlic, it is also nicknamed the 'stinking rose'. Now here’s where it gets interesting. Garlic actually contains sulfurous compound, and not only does it cause bad breath, but it actually travels through your entire body and can come out of your pores. Even chowing down on breath mints won’t hide the fact that you ate garlic because you’ll end up sweating out the scent. The worst of it, though, is that if you eat garlic often enough, you might not even notice the smell. That's good for you, but not so good for everybody else!
However, according to a nutrition specialist from Colorado University, sweating garlic may actually act as a natural mosquito repellant. Apparently, mosquitoes can smell the carbon dioxide and lactic acid on our breath up to 40 yards away. The scent of garlic on our breath and skin may confuse these nasty pests so much that they won't be able to find and bite their human prey. Maybe eating garlic should become a tradition before your annual camping trip.
Garlic is also a natural antibiotic. In fact, British medics used garlic as an antibiotic to treat wounded soldiers in WWII. One of the real advantages of using garlic in this way is that the bacteria in our bodies don’t develop resistance to it, so it is effective over time, unlike many antibiotic drugs.
A group of researchers led by Xiaonan Lu of Washington State University isolated a compound found in garlic called diallyl sulphide. They tested it as an antibiotic against Campylobacter bacteria. This bacteria is one of the most common causes of food-borne illness in the US and affects 2.4 million Americans every year. The researchers found that diallyl sulphide was 100 times more effective at killing the bacteria than two other common antibiotics. That’s powerful stuff!
In the end, it all comes down to whether you like garlic or not. If you can’t stand the smell, but want its health benefits, you can take garlic supplements. But if you love garlic curry, garlic potatoes and garlic pasta, there’s probably nothing that will hold you back from its culinary delights. Perhaps one day, the benefits of garlic will so outweigh the smell that the phrase 'garlic breath' will be taken as a high compliment, and celebrities will start their own brands of garlic perfume!
Cayenne red pepper (ground)
Cayenne pepper, also known as Guinea spice, is a powdered form of red hot chili pepper. This pepper is used as a flavoring and to add spice to a variety of culinary dishes. The cayenne pepper contains a substance called capsacin. Capsaicin is the substance that gives the pepper its spice level. The greater the concentration of capsaicin, the hotter the pepper. The presence of capsaicin enables the cayenne pepper to have a multitude of health benefits.
According to John's Hopkins Health Alerts, capsaicin has important pain reducing properties that are a great benefit to individuals with arthritis pain. Capsaicin reduces the amount of the neurotransmitter called substance P in the body. Substance P releases inflammation causing enzymes throughout the body which in turn sends a pain signal to the brain. The decrease in substance P will decrease the amount of pain signals sent to the brain, therefore, reducing pain throughout the body. Capsaicin has the same pain reducing effects whether it is ingested or used as a component in a topical ointment.
According to the publication The Chili Pepper Diet: The Natural Way to Control Cravings and Boost Metabolism by Heidi Allison, the capsaicin content of cayenne pepper has cardiovascular benefits. Capsaicin promotes vasodilation, which increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure and promotes healing in the body. Consumption of cayenne pepper will also increase blood flow to the heart and strengthen the contractions of the blood vessels that allow blood to flow throughout the body.
According to the World's Healthiest Foods, consumption of cayenne pepper may be beneficial in boosting the immune system. Cayenne pepper contains a high concentration of beta carotene, also known as pro-vitamin A. Beta carotene is an importance substance because it has antioxidant properties that rid the body of free radicals that cause cell damage throughout the body. Antioxidants are also effective in protecting the body against invading pathogens that cause infections.
Stomach Ulcer Prevention
According to the World's Healthiest Foods website, cayenne peppers have properties that prevent stomach ulcer formation. Cayenne peppers, and spicy foods in general, are commonly considered causes of stomach ulcer formation. However, consumption of cayenne peppers can prevent the formation of stomach ulcers by killing the bacteria in the stomach that precipitate ulcer formation.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/27821 ... z1ySSqIfaw
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