Medicinal Spices

blog postby Marla Brodsky RD,  LD, CNSD Luscious Life Nutrition, Inc The ancient Middle Eastern civilizations utilized all types of plant, animal and mineral products to treat disease. The Ebers Papyrus, which was written in Egypt about 1500 B.C., mentions the use of several spices as medicines, including coriander, cumin, fenugreek and mint. Today, we are still researching and using spices to treat many illnesses.   Most spices and many herbs contain more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. Each different spice or herb is valuable for the functioning or treatment of different conditions. Most of these have fewer or no side effects compared to drugs. Several spices are potent anti-inflammatory agents and help to reduce progression of inflammatory conditions such as autoimmune diseases or other inflammatory conditions. Other spices act as Cox-2 inhibitors similar to Celebrex and other drugs. Many spices actually contain salicylates which are also found in aspirin and therefore can help with pain. Below is a list of some of the medicinal uses for culinary spices/herbs. In order to improve health, it is therefore important to not only think about choosing healthy food, but to think about spicing it up to make it both delicious and boost its health value.   Spice/Herb / Medicinal value Turmeric (curcumin= key ingredient) antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cancer prevention properties. shown to inhibit virtually every biomarker tested.   CUMIN 1629mg.salicylic acid(aspirin)/100gm. Helps with digestion and used for colds and fever.   GINGER Potent anti-inflammatory. Used for nausea.Chewing on fresh ginger relieves sore throat and horseness   GARLIC Known to reduce blood pressure and help prevent heart disease. Contains antiviral and antibacterial properties. 1 clove/day helps lower cholesterol   NUTMEG Relieves diarrhea and colic. Aphrodisiac   FENNEL SEED Carminative which relieves gas and indigestion   CORIANDER Diuretic, reduces cholesterol, allergies, inflammation   MUSTARD SEEDS Increases appetite and stimulates production of gastric juices. Mustard oil used to treat arthritis. Stimulates bowels.   SAFFRON Antibacterial and useful for treating digestive disorders. A remedy for headache when applied to temples. Effective in treatment of liver, urinary and uterine dysfunction. Aphrodisiac.   CHILI PEPPER (CAPSAICIN) Increases gastric acid flow thereby reducing stomach pain and ulcer. Reduces arthritis pain when used topically in capsaicin cream. Contains vitamin A and more vitamin C than citrus fruits.   CINNAMON 1 tsp./day helps lower blood sugar in diabetics. Used as a liniment to soothe headache, rheumatic pain and toothaches.   ROSEMARY Inhibits breakdown of brain neurotransmitters to enhance memory. Used to stimulate hair follicle growth. Cox-2 inhibitor properties   LICORICE Many use as a corticosteroid alternative. Reduces inflammation. Used to relieve stomach, throat, intestinal pain It has estrogenic and other steroidal properties and is used to normalize and regulate hormone production. Glycyrrhizin, a major component of licorice root, is structurally similar to adrenal cortical hormones. It has proven especially helpful in treating adrenal exhaustion, infertility due to hormonal imbalance, menopausal dysfunctions, and Addisons disease. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice will not raise blood pressure.   BASIL Improves appetite, aids digestion, and combats fatigue. Has antibacterial properties. Has been used as an aphrodisiac and for depression. High in antioxidants   THYME Potent antibacterial. Active ingredient in Listerine mouthwash to “kill the germs that cause badbreath”

blog postby Marla Brodsky RD,  LD, CNSD

Luscious Life Nutrition, Inc

The ancient Middle Eastern civilizations utilized all types of plant, animal and mineral products to treat disease. The Ebers Papyrus, which was written in Egypt about 1500 B.C., mentions the use of several spices as medicines, including coriander, cumin, fenugreek and mint. Today, we are still researching and using spices to treat many illnesses.

 

Most spices and many herbs contain more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables.

Each different spice or herb is valuable for the functioning or treatment of different conditions. Most of these have fewer or no side effects compared to drugs. Several spices are potent anti-inflammatory agents and help to reduce progression of inflammatory conditions such as autoimmune diseases or other inflammatory conditions. Other spices act as Cox-2 inhibitors similar to Celebrex and other drugs. Many spices actually contain salicylates which are also found in aspirin and therefore can help with pain.

Below is a list of some of the medicinal uses for culinary spices/herbs. In order to improve health, it is therefore important to not only think about choosing healthy food, but to think about spicing it up to make it both delicious and boost its health value.

 

Spice/Herb / Medicinal value

Turmeric (curcumin= key ingredient) antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cancer prevention properties. shown to inhibit virtually every biomarker tested.

 

CUMIN

1629mg.salicylic acid(aspirin)/100gm. Helps with digestion and used for colds and fever.

 

GINGER

Potent anti-inflammatory. Used for nausea.Chewing on

fresh ginger relieves sore throat and horseness

 

GARLIC

Known to reduce blood pressure and help prevent heart disease. Contains antiviral and antibacterial properties.

1 clove/day helps lower cholesterol

 

NUTMEG

Relieves diarrhea and colic. Aphrodisiac

 

FENNEL SEED

Carminative which relieves gas and indigestion

 

CORIANDER

Diuretic, reduces cholesterol, allergies, inflammation

 

MUSTARD SEEDS

Increases appetite and stimulates production of gastric

juices. Mustard oil used to treat arthritis. Stimulates

bowels.

 

SAFFRON

Antibacterial and useful for treating digestive disorders. A

remedy for headache when applied to temples. Effective

in treatment of liver, urinary and uterine dysfunction.

Aphrodisiac.

 

CHILI PEPPER (CAPSAICIN)

Increases gastric acid flow thereby reducing stomach

pain and ulcer. Reduces arthritis pain when used

topically in capsaicin cream. Contains vitamin A and

more vitamin C than citrus fruits.

 

CINNAMON

1 tsp./day helps lower blood sugar in diabetics. Used as a

liniment to soothe headache, rheumatic pain and

toothaches.

 

ROSEMARY

Inhibits breakdown of brain neurotransmitters to enhance

memory. Used to stimulate hair follicle growth. Cox-2

inhibitor properties

 

LICORICE

Many use as a corticosteroid alternative. Reduces

inflammation. Used to relieve stomach, throat, intestinal

pain It has estrogenic and other steroidal properties and

is used to normalize and regulate hormone production.

Glycyrrhizin, a major component of licorice root, is

structurally similar to adrenal cortical hormones. It has

proven especially helpful in treating adrenal exhaustion,

infertility due to hormonal imbalance, menopausal

dysfunctions, and Addisons disease. Deglycyrrhizinated

licorice will not raise blood pressure.

 

BASIL

Improves appetite, aids digestion, and combats fatigue.

Has antibacterial properties. Has been used as an

aphrodisiac and for depression. High in antioxidants

 

THYME

Potent antibacterial. Active ingredient in Listerine

mouthwash to “kill the germs that cause badbreath”