Diabetes, Heart and Cardiovascular Diseases News Chronicle.  Diabetes, Cardiovascular and Heart Diseases
 Article 108
    Published on January 8, 2017

Health Benefits With Spices

Spices are

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

Spices reduce coronary heart disease (CHD), fat meal negative effects with antioxidants activity.

Heart health can be improved with following spices

  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric

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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

  • Antioxidant benefits
  • Anti-Inflammatory benefits
  • Supports nervous system
  • Anticancer benefits
  • Reduce heart attack risk
  • Antiallergic benefits
  • Increase in life expectancy
  • Associated with weight loss
  • Risk of cardiovascular disease decreases
  • Risk of diabetes decreases

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

  • Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
  • Glutathione
  • Lipoic acid
  • Uric acid
  • Carotenes
  • Vitamin E
  • Melatonin
  • Lycopene
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

Benefits with antioxidants are

  • Protects heart
  • Reduction in diabetes complication
  • Prevents dementia
  • Slowdown aging process
  • Protect DNA
  • Helps in developing healthy skin
  • Saves eyesight
  • Prevents macular degeneration
  • Some arthritis-related conditions
  • Prevents Alzheimer's disease
  • Prevents cancer


Health Benefits With Cinnamon

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

  • Reduces triglycerides by 30 percent
  • Reduces risk associated with heart disease
  • Prevents spike in blood sugar levels after meals
  • Prevents tissue damage and inflammation
  • Improves cognitive functioning
  • Protects from Parkinson's disease
  • Reduces insulin hormone resistance
  • Reduces bad cholesterol (LDL)
  • Contains antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties
  • Treating Alzheimer's disease symptoms
  • Prevents development of cancer
  • Helps in fighting HIV
  • Protects dental health
  • Prevent or cure candida overgrowth
  • Helps in fighting allergies
  • Having blood-thinning properties

Cinnamon reduces heart diseases, LDL cholesterol, insulin resistance, sugar level spike, inflammation.

There are no major side effects with the consumption of cinnamon but some of them are

  • High consumption of cinnamon irritates mouth, lips and may cause sores
  • High doses of cinnamon are toxic
  • Cinnamon may interact with other medications, so consult the doctor before eating cinnamon
  • Some people may get an allergic reaction
  • Increases heart rate
  • Not good for breastfeeding and pregnant women
  • Not good for children
  • Redness and irritation when applied to the skin

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