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Universities claim: Herbs, spices offer healing power

 
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Universities claim: Herbs, spices offer healing power
January 3, 2007

Curry for back pain, rosemary to ward off aging: The findings add a new dimension to the phrase "spice of life."

It's the natural stuff rather than concentrated pills or supplements that have more effective curative powers, University of Michigan researchers said yesterday when issuing a list of seasonings and herbs that are potent panaceas.

"Herbs and spices add flavor, but they also add health benefits. They can help maintain a healthy weight. Plus, they can help prevent certain cancers, and even lower blood pressure, control blood sugar and improve cardiovascular health," said Suzanna Zick, a nutritionist and epidemiologist in the university's Department of Family Medicine.

Serious medicinal properties are found in those fragrant leaves, fresh garlic and ginger, curry powder and cinnamon, she says, including cancer-fighting antioxidants, anti-viral agents and anti-inflammatories. Clever combinations such as basil and oregano are a good substitute for salt for those on low-sodium diets, while nutmeg, clove or cardamom can help temper a sweet tooth.

Though there may be some breath issues, garlic appears to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It also contains a sulfur compound that acts as a natural antibiotic, and it may decrease the risk of developing colorectal, prostate, breast, liver, skin and digestive tract cancers.

"For maximum benefit, you need to have about three medium cloves of garlic per day. Dry garlic or garlic left out too long lose their health benefits," Mrs. Zick said.

And dried herbs? They're as effective as fresh, leafy versions provided they are less than a year old, she adds.

"Rosemary is one of nature's most powerful antioxidants," Mrs. Zick said, noting that new research has found that it is helpful with memory loss and cancer prevention. Meanwhile, chronic coughs have responded to thyme.

"The health benefits of thyme are unique. It has been traditionally used to treat coughs, even whooping cough. Thyme is often drunk as a tea," she said.

Curry powder contains curcumin, a substance that works in a way similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Curry may decrease symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis and auto-immune diseases, and has been shown to shrink colon polyps, Mrs. Zick said.

Curry has fans elsewhere: Last year, Rutgers University researchers revealed that the bright yellow spice can ward off prostate cancer.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine an agency of the National Institutes of Health with a $123 million annual budget also is investigating the health benefits of fresh food substances common to many larders. Chocolate, chamomile tea, cranberries, ginger, garlic and mushrooms are among those being tested in clinical trials.
The NIH researchers are persnickety, indeed. One study under way in conjunction with Stanford University is examining whether fresh garlic lowers cholesterol. Four groups of 200 volunteers each are swallowing either dried garlic, powdered garlic tablets, aged garlic extract or fresh garlic "study sandwiches" over a six-month period to determine which form best does the job.

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1. Instead of salt, use herbs. Common herbs like oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley and garlic can really bring out the natural flavors in a meal. Salt can be replaced with a tasty combination of basil and oregano on food.

2. Use fresh garlic for maximum benefit. Garlic appears to help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

"For maximum benefit, you need to have about three medium cloves of garlic per day. Dry garlic or garlic left out too long, lose their healthy benefits," said Zick.

3. Fight aging: Eat rosemary. Rosemary is one of nature's most powerful antioxidants. It's also thought to help with memory, and research is currently underway to determine rosemary's potential cancer-prevention properties.

4. Basil, oregano and rosemary can help fight colds. Since these three herbs contain strong essential oils, they potentially can fight against colds and flu. In addition, all three are powerful antioxidants as well.

5. Treat chronic coughs with thyme.

"The health benefits of thyme are unique. It has been traditionally used to treat coughs, even whooping cough. Thyme is often drunk as a tea," ZIck said.

6. As for that niggling back pain, well all you need to do is eat curry. Research has shown that the substance commonly found in turmeric - a common, bright red spice added to curry mixes - has known anti-inflammatory properties. The substance, curcumin, works in a very similar way to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

7. Fight cancer: Eat more curry. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, research on curcumin has also shown it to shrink pre-cancerous lesions known as colon polyps. The amount needed for its health benefits is unclear, she suggests including a generous helping of curry or turmeric in a meal.

8. Lower your blood pressure with "warming spices." These include ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, pepper, cayenne pepper and others. These can make a person feel warm because they bring blood from the centre of the body to the skin. This disperses blood throughout the body more evenly, which may decrease blood pressure.

9. Soothe your aching tummy with ginger. Ginger contains gingerols, which decrease oxidative products in the digestive tract that cause nausea. The key is to eat real ginger and not things flavoured artificially like many ginger-ales, in order to reap the benefits.

10. Reduce the sugar, add the spice. If you need to cut back on sugar, Zick suggests adding spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to your sweet snacks instead of sugar. For instance, if you buy unsweetened applesauce, add cinnamon to give it an extra kick.

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Hmmmmmmmmmm, let's see now. Before we had conventional medicine (modern day medicine), we had what????? Herbs, you say? Oh, really now! Tell me something I didn't already know!!
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Hmmmmmmmmmm, let's see now. Before we had conventional medicine (modern day medicine), we had what????? Herbs, you say? Oh, really now! Tell me something I didn't already know!!
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While I support your freedom of sarcastic expression, let's look back on what the life expectancy of an American or European was 100 years ago.

It was 40.7 years.

Fact. Not sarcasm.

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While I support your freedom of sarcastic expression, let's look back on what the life expectancy of an American or European was 100 years ago.

It was 40.7 years.

Fact. Not sarcasm.

[link to www.overpopulation.com]


Now, let's not get carried away here and credit "modern" medicine for the increase in life expectance. That credit deserves to go to cleanliness. You know, wash your hands, wash your bedding, take a bath and flush toilets. The only thing "modern" medicine is good at is tending to trauma.
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While I support your freedom of sarcastic expression, let's look back on what the life expectancy of an American or European was 100 years ago.

It was 40.7 years.

Fact. Not sarcasm.

[link to www.overpopulation.com]


Now, let's not get carried away here and credit "modern" medicine for the increase in life expectance. That credit deserves to go to cleanliness. You know, wash your hands, wash your bedding, take a bath and flush toilets. The only thing "modern" medicine is good at is tending to trauma.
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Interesting and true
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Now, let's not get carried away here and credit "modern" medicine for the increase in life expectance. That credit deserves to go to cleanliness. You know, wash your hands, wash your bedding, take a bath and flush toilets. The only thing "modern" medicine is good at is tending to trauma.
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hot water and washing machines...boiling water could be used in the washing machine and kill the germs.

"modern medicine" is responsible for many deaths.

also good for as you say...tending to trauma.
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Yes, modern medicine (doctors) kills more people than all highway accidents and all gun fatalities. Some record!!
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Cholesterol lowering drugs are the rage these days. Did you know Vitamin C is a natural statin? Now compare the side effects and tell me which is better. Modern drugs or nature's medicine.

[link to medicine.ucsd.edu]

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God gave us plants for medicine
but, men like to make money from their chemicals created in a lab





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