Saturday, March 17, 2007

0 Health benefits of Spices

MUSTARD SEEDS - Protects against cancer. They also are a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, protein, niacin and fiber.

CLOVES - Prevents toxicity from environmental pollutants like carbon tetrachloride, digestive tract cancers, and joint inflammation. They have been used in dentistry in the US as a mild anaesthetic as well as an anti-bacterial agent.Cloves are anti-inflammatory and an excellent source of manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and magnesium.

CINNAMON - May help control blood sugars and help people with diabetes. It has antimicrobial properties that can fight fungal bacteria and also has preserving properties. Even smelling Cinnamon can boost your brain activity! A source of maganese, fibre, calcium and iron.

CORIANDER SEEDS - Have anti-inflammatory properties and are a good source of fibre, iron, magnesium and maganses.

CUMIN SEEDS - Are a good source of iron, are good for digestion and are also known to be cancer fighting.

TURMERIC - Researchers have found that a substance known as curcumin is found in turmeric and has anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin has also been shown to shrink pre-cancerous colon polyps. This spice has been found to be helpful in fighting inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. It's also shown promise in cardiovascular and liver protection.

GINGER - Sooths your stomach. Substances called gingerols in ginger can help control nausea. Ginger is also known to help aid digestion and help control nausea.

RED CHILI PEPPERS - These peppers, which include the popular cayenne pepper, contain capsaicin, an anti-inflammatory compound that helps with pain relief. Chili peppers have been found to
Clear congestion by clearing mucus from the lungs and nose
Boost immunity, prevent stomach ulcers by killing bacteria, help with weight loss, reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels and platelet aggregation
Prevent cancers, including stomach cancer and relieve pain.

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