Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Spice Of Life

Herbs and spices have more disease-fighting antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables. Here are some benefits:

Can lower blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Aim for one-fourth to one-half teaspoon of cinnamon twice a day.

Contains curcumin, which can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Try to have 500 to 800 milligrams a day.

Stops gene mutations that could lead to cancer and may help prevent damage to the blood vessels that raise heart attack risk.

Destroys cancer cells and may disrupt the metabolism of tumor cells. "Studies suggest that one or two cloves weekly provide cancer-protective benefits."

Contains capsaicin, whose anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects may lower the risk of cancer (also found in cayenne and red chili peppers). There's no specific recommended dose, but moderation is probably the best way to go.

Can decrease motion sickness and nausea; may also relieve pain and swelling associated with arthritis. Doses used in clinical trials range from 500 to 2,000 mg of powdered ginger. (A quarter-size piece of fresh root contains about 1,000 mg.) More than 6,000 mg can cause stomach irritation. Ginger can also hinder blood clotting.

Health Boost: A USDA study found that, gram for gram, oregano has the highest antioxidant activity of 27 fresh culinary herbs.

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