You already know how important your diet is for health; you know to eat your greens and sample a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. But do you know that your spice cabinet and herb garden may provide you with powerful protection against disease, as well? Read on to discover eight common pantry items that deliver uncommon health benefits.
Some words of caution: Do not attempt to self-administer these herbs and spices as a cure. While a sprinkle or two in your meal may be good for you (and delicious!), eating them in large quantities could be dangerous. The therapeutic doses used to produce results in the following controlled studies are a promising step toward proving their worth as remedies in clinical trials. Talk to your doctor about how you can reap the benefits of herbs and spices, and be sure to ask your pharmacist about foods that may trigger reactions or otherwise work against your prescription drugs.
Cinnamon, which comes from the bark of a type of evergreen tree, is said to contain more antioxidants than any other spice. Among other feats, it’s been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and to reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. Now a new study suggests it also may help combat Parkinson’s disease, though researchers have yet to test this theory in clinical trials.
According to Kalipada Pahan, the lead researcher of a recent study done at Rush University Medical Center, cinnamon may help to alleviate or prevent the tremors and poor mobility suffered by those with Parkinson’s disease. The key to cinnamon’s power against Parkinson’s is a compound that is turned to sodium benzoate in the liver. The sodium benzoate is then sent to the brain, where it protects neurons and normalizes neurotransmitters.
There are so many good reasons to season your favorite savory dishes with oregano! Among the herb’s attributes are fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, iron, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, according to a study done by the Department of Agriculture, on a gram-per-gram, fresh-weight basis, oregano has four times more antioxidants than blueberries.
With so much goodness packed in each leaf, maybe the study done by a team of medical researchers in Italy shouldn’t come as a great surprise. The team used essential oil of oregano to kill drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus. Their study was published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, and the results have inspired follow-up studies to see if oregano may help stem the rising tide of drug-resistant staph infections in the United States and elsewhere.
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