Spices are part of Chinese and Indian (Ayurveda) medicine. Dr. Chauncey Crandall, Cardiologist from Penn State University says negative effects of a high-fat meal can be prevented with a spicy meal containing turmeric and cinnamon. The previous study was done in 2011 (published in Nutrition Today) shows eating spicy meal will help us in following aspects
Heart health can be improved with following spices
Flavonoids : Plant food supply naturally occurring chemicals called phytonutrients and helps plants in resisting diseases and bacteria while growing. Flavonoids are one class of phytonutrients that give color (pigment) to plants, UV filtration, chemical messengers, cell cycle inhibitors, resisting plant diseases. Benefits with the consumption of plant food containing flavonoids are
Flavonoids content increases as the color of the food item increase and found in fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Antioxidants : Oxygen mediates chemical reactions with fats, carbohydrates and proteins in our body to produce energy and this process is called oxidation. Oxidation process leads to chain reaction damaging body cells by producing free radicals. Antioxidants prevent or terminate oxidation process by neutralizing free radicals and prevents cell damage. Our body makes some antioxidants but depends on the diet for rest of antioxidants. Plants and animals maintain systems to prevent oxidation process in them. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants. Antioxidant dietary supplements are not effective in preventing oxidation process in humans. Some of the oxidants are
Benefits with antioxidants are
Cinnamon offers good antioxidants to the body and mimics sweetness. U.S. Department of Health recommends daily consumption of 6 grams of cinnamon for up to 6 weeks or less. Lori Kenyon Farley, a Nutrition expert suggests a week break after continuous consumption for 6 weeks. Otherwise, consuming cinnamon during weekdays. But the individual should aware that high consumption of cinnamon are toxic. But there is no health complication in consuming ½ to 1 teaspoon (2 to 4 grams) of cinnamon per day. Health benefits with cinnamon are
There are no major side effects with the consumption of cinnamon but some of them are
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