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Cancer-Fighting Herbs and Spices

Updated on September 12, 2016
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Theresa writes on the topic of health at times to share what she has learned here and there in life. She is a breast cancer survivor.

Spices, Seasonings, Herbs and Vegetables

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In 2011, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, and since that time I have learned a lot about the foods we eat and how to prepare our food. I was especially excited to find out that the spices in our spice racks may actually help to fight cancer. Thankfully, I was healed of my cancer.

I was in the habit of cooking with the same old spices, but I learned there is good reason to dig a bit deeper into our cabinet for those rarely used spices. I have so many spices that I use a whole cabinet instead of just a spice rack.

Dig Deeper into Your Spice Cabinet

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What Researchers Have Found

According to the National Cancer Institute, two spices in particular, rosemary and turmeric, used in high doses are proving to be successful at warding off breast, skin and colon cancers. This is great news for me as I love rosemary, but have just recently started using turmeric. Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its bright yellow glow.

Herbs and spices contain chemical compounds, similar to the types of components found in broccoli and other vegetables and fruits, that may help prevent cancer. Since most spices are plant foods, and plant foods are rich sources of Phytochemicals, they have been shown to have anticarcinogenic properties.

Pennsylvania State University researchers used powdered rosemary in their testing, and the herb reduced the occurrence of cancers by 76 percent. Also, at Rutgers University in New Jersey, in the Laboratory for Cancer Research, researchers found that curcumin, the anticancer component in turmeric, inhibited skin cancers when it was applied directly to the skin.

The effects of high doses of some phytochemicals are so promising that researchers are testing purified versions of the chemicals in tablet form to be used to prevent or fight cancer.

However, researchers have found that you would need such high doses of these spices, more than our tastes buds could handle if you used only one spice. Therefore, it is best to add a variety of herbs and spices to a diet rich in vegetables and fruits, which all work together to fight cancer more effectively. When they interact with each other, smaller amounts of each may be effective.

Fresh Herbs, Spices and Vegetables

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Spices that Have the Most Promising and Abundant Cancer-Fighting Components

SPICE
Component
What It Does
Rosemary
Polyphenol (see below for more information)
Inhibits the binding of carcinogen to breast cells and may help prevent breast cancer initiation
Turmeric
Polyphenol
Helps reduce incidence of duodenal, colon and stomach cancers
Orange zest (Limonene)
Monoterpene (see below for more information)
Helps prevent initiation and progression of breast cancer. May diminish carcinogenic effects of tobacco.
Caraway seed oil
Terpene (see below for more information)
Reduces size of skin cancers when ingested or applied topically (the latter was more effective)
Ginger
Terpene
Prevents skin cancer and reduces inflammation, which slows tumor growth
Cumin seed
Terpene
Decreases incidence of stomach cancers
Garlic
Allylic sulfide (see below for more information)
Suppresses human colon cancer cells when transplanted. Also reduces LDL cholesterol in humans and inhibits the development of lung-tumor cells grown in the lab.

Learn More About These Components

Garlic and Rosemary

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Knowing the Best Herbs and Spices for Specific Cancers


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Ginger Tea

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Easy Fresh Ginger Tea

If you have digestive problems or need to curb nausea, vomiting or an upset stomach due to motion sickness, then make fresh ginger tea to help with all of these ailments. It is very easy to make.

Just simmer a piece of ginger root on the stove for 10 to 15 minutes.

If you happen to have a cold, just add fresh lemon juice and honey. This combination is powerful in fighting germs. You may also make tea from powdered ginger to stave off a chill. To do this, just simmer a teaspoon of powdered ginger in about four cups of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain tea and enjoy. To reap more benefits and add more flavor, you may add some ginger root or use a ginger tea bag.


Fresh Ginger

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Remember to Spice Up Your Life


It is past time to go ahead and spice things up! All of us enjoy a flavorful meal when we sit down to dinner, so why not add in some of these delicious herbs and spices to liven up our taste buds and to possibly prevent certain kinds of cancers?

Remember to live this life to the fullest and savor the flavor of every aspect of life!

© Faith Reaper, March 22, 2014

Disclaimer

Persons with health concerns should discuss them with a health care professional or doctor. This article is not intended for medical advice but merely information and background.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Audrey,

      It is always a lovely visit when you stop by to read. I am glad you found this to be helpful and, better yet, I am thrilled you are already using turmeric every day!

      Please know that I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, lovely one.

      Precious blessings to you and yours as well.

      I appreciate the share.

      Hugs and much love,

      Theresa

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you Theresa for this very helpful hub on Cancer-fighting spices. I use turmeric every day. I sprinkle it on my egg whites to add color and I love the taste too. I also take Turmeric-Curcumin (500 mgs) twice a day with food. This helps inflammation.

      This week I was diagnosed with basil cell carcinoma and had a skin cancer removed. When I read that caraway seed oil may help skin cancer I was thrilled. Thank you for that! Precious blessings to you and yours. Sharing.

      Audrey

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, that is sweet of you to think of your Aunt. I truly hope it is helpful, dear one. Bless you

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      shared this with an aunt, found it so useful so you know.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Thelma,

      You are doing very well using all that you do! I was taken aback too at just how beautiful the turmeric plants are and how beneficial to one's health.

      Thank you for your lovely visit here this day. Keep up the good work and keep adding these to your diet.

      Here's to good health to you and yours!

      Blessings

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      I mostly use ginger, garlic and rosmarin. Since last year, I used turmeric in my cooking especially after I have found out the health benefits of it and that I have turmeric plants in my tropical garden. The plant was beautiful and I did not know the name of it until I was searching online about herbs. Thanks for sharing this very informative and useful hub. Well done!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey,

      Yes, I am well, and thank you. I am glad you include these powerhouse foods and spices in your diet for overall health benefits.

      Blessings

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      You have some of my favorite foods listed here--I eat a fair amount of curry for many of the reasons you have outlined here--hope you are well

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi whonu,

      I am glad you found this article informative and helpful. I appreciate your visit here to my side of HP Town this lovely weekend.

      It is amazing at all of the natural herbs and spices our sweet Lord has provided to help us along to better health and as a bonus, to add such lovely tastes to our food for our enjoyment.

      Peace and blessings always

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Very informative and helpful information my friend. Thank you for sharing this important information. and so well presented.whonu

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Missy,

      Oh, you are so kind to leave most generous comments here. Yes, for some reason I am still here, and so I hope to attempt to inspire others in writing of my true life stories, here and there, to His glory.

      Thank you for popping over to my side of HP Town.

      Peace an blessings always

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      Really great useful information in this hub. Very well written and put together.

      I would like to express congrats on beating that ugly disease called cancer. I have so much respect for all women who have and are having to fight for their life. I know it has to be such a tough battle. However, I see so much resilience which is so inspiring.

      You write very good hubs Faith. You are very talented and Resilient. :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear PS,

      Yes, they add amazing flavor to ordinary food AND, and that's a big and ... can help stave off cancer and other illnesses. So, I say add them with all meals for not only full-flavored meals but healthy ones too.

      Thank you for the awesome. You're awesome and so is your beautiful and strong family.

      Yes, all is well here dear one.

      Stay strong. Hugs and much love coming your way on the wings of Angels as always

      I appreciate the vote up and more

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Gotta' love the herbs!!! They make our foods tasty and give that extra zing to them...doing a happy dance in our mouths AND they help stave off unwanted illness....

      Awesome.

      It is such fun to prepare dishes using these spices as the flavors in foods seem to come alive and make enjoying them that much more pleasant.

      Well done, Faith. Hoping once again that all is well with you and your family

      Angels are headed toward you , my friend. ps Voted up++++

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello aesta,

      Thank you so much for stopping by here this day. I am happy to know you do use this wonderful home remedy for colds too. These spices and herbs are truly beneficial to one's overall health.

      Blessings to you for great health and spicing up your life

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We like to use spices and ginger tea is a staple in our home especially when we have cold. We just simmer ginger, add lime and honey just like what you've suggested.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Awww, what an Easter blessing, dearest Ann! Thank you so much for letting me know. You are blessed to the overflow and all your grandchildren are so blessed to have you as a wonderful grandmother. I have tears in my eyes of joy for you knowing of that special love between a grandmother and grandchild. Ann, you are not even going to believe this but my flash fiction that I am still working on is called Savannah's Smile and it is about the special bond between and Granddaughter and grandmother! Here in southern USA the name Savannah is consider a wonderful southern name for a girl. It is so ironic that you mentioned my flash fiction and you being a grandmother again with a granddaughter named Savannah ... Wow, now I am inspired even more to finish my flash fiction. God bless you and Savannah. I will have a smile on my face for weeks at this wonderful news. Hugs and much love to you both always.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Hi Theresa. Just thought I'd let you know that grandchild no.5 arrived on Easter Sunday; a wonderful girl called Savannah! We are all so lucky.

      Looking forward to reading your flash fiction.

      Ann

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rangoon House,

      Yes, cancer is awful, but I was actually healed of cancer by the sweet Lord, long before I discovered the wonderful health benefits of Turmeric. I have always loved rosemary and garlic. They certainly add much flavor to our diets which is just an added benefit to the health benefits.

      Thank you so much for reading.

      Blessings

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      AJ 2 years ago from Australia

      It's an awful reason to discover new herbs and spices, but I hope you're very well and obviously loving delicious meals.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Ann,

      Yes, it is so easy to do and so beneficial to one's overall good health, plus adding such wonderful flavor to our meals is just an added delicious benefit. Turmeric is one power-packed spice!

      I do so love rosemary too.

      I am well. We have the grands up for the weekend and a couple of extra days, so playing catch up here. Been working on a flash fiction, but still the editing process.

      Bless you too

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Hi Theresa! I didn't have notification of this hub, no idea why. You've had a great response and rightly so. I love herbs and spices and use most of the ones you mention, though turmeric is not one of them. Ginger and garlic are popular in this house (anti-arthritis) and I love rosemary so I must see which combinations work the best.

      This is all fascinating; the best bit is that it's so easy to do - not being the world's best cook that's essential for me!

      Sorry I missed this one; better late than never. I hope you're keeping well. Bless you.

      Ann

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jamie,

      Yes, adding spices to one's diet, certainly spices up things plus is a healthy bonus to possibly cut down on the risk of cancer. God create such goodness for us to put into our bodies.

      Thank you for reading.

      Blessings

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      What a yummy way to stay healthy. Great hub! Jamie

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Team Wiseman,

      So nice to meet you! I am so glad you have stopped by my side of HP Town to read, and I truly appreciate the vote up and more, and especially the share.

      Yes, if you are not adding these spices and herbs to not only add great flavor to your food when cooking, with the added health benefits, you are truly missing out.

      I will be over to your side of HP Town to see what's up.

      God bless you.

      In His Love,

      Theresa (Faith Reaper)

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      Team Wiseman 2 years ago

      Thumbs Way Up!, Useful, Interesting and Awesome!!

      Who would have thought? Great article filled with LIFE SAVING Information. Thank You

      Following You, Gonna Share this with everyone I can!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Smilealot,

      Thank you for popping over to my side of HP Town to read. Yes, turmeric is excellent for health benefits, as are these others. They are truly beneficial to adding to one's diet. Plus, the added benefit of adding great flavor to one's food. It is certainly a win-win no doubt!

      Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend so far.

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      Smilealot 2 years ago

      I had read about the benefits of turmeric to health, but not so much about the other flavourings...very informative, and of course invaluable ...thank you :-))

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Prasetio,

      I am so glad for your visit here this day on my side of HP Town! I am happy you found this hub to be useful. Oh, really ... wow, thank you for telling me you have never heard about these herbs and spices being added to one's diet for overall better health, as I feel so inspired now that I published this hub for that very reason.

      I appreciate the vote up too!

      Blessings for great health to you and yours

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Martie,

      A lovely rosemary bush is wonderful to have right there in one's garden! Yes, please do and enjoy the great flavor it brings out in your food. Your mother is a wise women in believing in ginger. I hope you try the other herbs and spices here for better health over the long run.

      Thank you and it is always so lovely when you stop by to read.

      Hugs

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      prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub and useful for us. I had never heard about this before. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      I have a rosemary bush in my garden, and I can surely use it for the better. Awesome tips, thank you, Faith :)

      PS: My mother believes in ginger, and she seldom if ever gets flu.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi ignugent,

      Yes, we must be mindful of what we are putting into our bodies and make strides to improve our diets and make healthy additions and substitutions.

      Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. Well, I am sure if you add more of these spices and herbs, who knows.

      Thank you for reading.

      I appreciate you.

      Blessings

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      ignugent17 2 years ago

      Very useful Faith. It is all true that the food we eat helps us to be healthy. I love rosemary and I do hope it will really help me not to have breast cancer. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Shyron,

      I am so glad you found out about Ginger. Oh, I do hope it has helped with your migraine. All of these specific herbs and spices are beneficial to one's health.

      Hahaha ... that is my own quote that I came up with and so glad you love it. I was trying to come up with something to sum up adding herbs and spices to one's diet.

      Thank you so much for the vote up and more and share.

      Blessing to you and yours too, sweet friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Theresa/Faith, there is so much information here, I found out about Ginger the last time I went to the ER for my migraine.

      I love you quote "Savor the flavor of every aspect of life!"

      "Did you Herb that somewhere or is that your own?"

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

      Blessings dear friend

      Shyron

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello poetryman,

      So nice to meet you and thank you so much for stopping by my side of HP Town. I am so glad you include these herbs and spices in your diet, as the health benefits are tremendous.

      Here's to good health!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello ChitrangadaSharan,

      I am so glad you found this informative, especially knowing you already use and know of the great health benefits of using herbs and spices, especially these here.

      Oh, truly, I did not suffer much with Cancer, as God healed me and baffled the doctors, but I did have to have seven weeks and one day of radiation which was not bad at all and then surgery, and that went well, and there is such a tiny scar that cannot really even been seen! I praise Him for His healing touch on me.

      We should all add a little spice to our meals and the benefit of the health aspects come naturally.

      I know Indian food contains a lot of great herbs and spices, which is awesome!

      Thank you so much for the vote up and pin.

      Blessings

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Some very good advice on some very healthy eating. We try to eat more of the things you advise as often as we can.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is truly very informative and useful hub about the health benefits of spices.

      Thankfully I use most of them. Most of the Indian food is considered incomplete without spices.

      You have provided great information through your charts and description.

      Sorry to learn you suffered due to Cancer, but relieved to know you defeated it.

      Thanks for sharing this hub, with loads of information.

      Voted up and pinned on my health board!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Easy Exercise,

      So nice to meet you! I appreciate you reading here this day. Oh, yes, please do spice it up a bit for not only adding great flavor to your meals, but more importantly, for the great health benefits these particular herbs and spices provide.

      Thank you so much for the vote up and more!

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States

      Faith Reaper,

      Adding spice to our food is important. Sadly, I rely upon Lawry's seasoning too much. This reminds me to spice it up a bit and to review my neglected spice cabinet.

      Voted up and useful! Thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Bishop55,

      Thank you so much for reading! I appreciate the lovely comments here and I am glad I am still here too. I know God has a plan for me no doubt.

      Hugs and blessings

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      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      Hi,

      I'm a full believer in this. Great hub, thanks for sharing, and I'm glad you are here and that your cancer is in remission.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene,

      I am thrilled to know you already use these wonderful herbs and spices to spice up your meals, and without knowing it, you have been adding great health benefits to your diet!

      Thank you for stopping by to read. I appreciate you always.

      Blessings

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is very informative information about herbs and spices as they are related to helping stave off cancer. I have all of these spices in my cupboard. I also grow a few herbs in my garden, but I never really knew their value aside from spicing up meals. Now, I have learned how to spice up my life, too. Thank you for such good and valuable information.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Patsy, Always so great to see you stopping by to read and leaving such generous comments. You are so kind. I appreciate the vote up and more and pin. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mary, Thank you so much. Oh, herbs and spices are not necessarily spicy as in hot spicy, but add such amazing flavor to food. Herbs bring out the natural flavor and are so wonderfully beneficial healthwise. I appreciated the continued good health wishes and thank you for the vote up and more. I hope you have a lovely Sunday ahead.

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      How detailed. You thought of it all. I like this well rounded article. It is clear but detailed. As always, Great Hub! Voted up, UAI, pin.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I am so happy you defeated Cancer. So many people don't. I have never used spices because my family won't eat spicy foods. My fault for not introducing spices to them at an early age. I do like spices and need to learn how to cook with them. I hope you will have continued health.

      Voted UP, etc.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello B Lucy,

      Nice to meet you too. I appreciate you stopping by to read, vote up and share!

      I hope you are enjoying a great weekend.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bridget F,

      So nice to meet you and I am glad you found this hub interesting.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      I know, me too! Of course I knew they added great flavor to meals, but had not clue as to the great health benefits ... duh on my part. I think we just cannot add enough to our diets. Oh, yes, it would be amazing on chicken!

      Thank you the vote up and sharing

      Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello SANJAY LAKHANPAL,

      Thank you for reading, and I am so sorry for missing your comment here from so many days ago! Oh, I will try that combination for sure. Thank you for sharing your suggestion here.

      Blessings

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      B Lucy 3 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      Wonderful hub and great information. Thank you so much for sharing what you have learned with us!! Voted and shared!

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      Bridget F 3 years ago from USA

      This is so interesting! Thanks for sharing!!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I tried fresh rosemary and mint together that I grow myself and I was so amazed at the yummy mixture. I will have to use it on baked chicken or something really soon. I wasted too much life without herbs!! lol

      Just love this hub. ^ and sharing.

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      Sanjay Sharma 3 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Nice Hub, but please consider to include mint and basil or ocimum in the list.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello bizwin,

      So nice to meet you. Yes, adding such amazing flavor to our foods is not only pleasing to our taste buds, and the health benefits are an added blessing no doubt.

      Thank you for stopping by to read.

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      Christabel Evans 3 years ago from England, UK

      I always enjoy spicy, and knowing that the benefits far outweigh every other thing are blessings.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello misterhollywood,

      Thank you so much for reading and sharing on social media. Oh, yes, it is so very important to one's overall health to add these vital herbs and spices to one's diet. It is a win-win because of the great flavor to spice up a bland meal, so why not do so!

      I am a breast cancer survivor and have learned so much. God healed me, and I am now mindful of better choices to put in my body (temple).

      Here's to great health and delicious food!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jackie,

      Glad you found this one again. Yes, you are so right, who knows either way.

      Your hubby is blessed to have a sneaky wife lol ...who cares so much about his health to add it to his diet without him knowing. Great idea!

      Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs

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      John Hollywood 3 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Really informative hub and I was totally captivated with the information. I am sharing on social media. Never even thought of flavoring foods in the way you have discussed here for anti-cancer purposes.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Have been looking for this! I forgot it was in with other spices and yes I remember it now. I do love the ginger root and I am going to buy up several to freeze for winter; we better, may not be an easy winter; one way or another. I don't mean financially but who can say even about that!

      Grate this up in a salad for the hubby and he will not have stomach trouble again. Mine does not like it so I just never mention it, lol, but put it in there and he never knows!

      Sharing!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest ps,

      So lovely to see you here this day. I know you already know all there is to know on the subject, dear heart. Oh, yes, awesome flavor indeed.

      Thank you for blessing me this night with your presence here. You and your precious family are in my thoughts and prayers, please know.

      Angels heading your way too.

      Hugs and much love.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      You have collected some very helpful information for us Faith. I have read about a number of these and some of them already use on a daily basis. I too use flaxseed each day as one other person mentioned. The beauty of these spices is that not only are they good for us but they make our food taste spectacular too ....

      Have a lovely evening. Thinking of you often.

      Angels are on the way to you and yours. ps

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, wow, thunderstorms cool things off no doubt! They are a magnificent force of nature.

      Thank you for the great tip about the freshly ground flax seed. Yes, I have been cancer free since 2011. I will also start adding that to my diet as well. I have to run to the store today and so I will put these great suggestions on my list. I appreciate you.

      You are a strong and lovely woman and help many. I am heading over to your side of HP Town!

      Thank you again for sharing your knowledge.

      Continue on enjoying your thunderstorm!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      We are having a thunderstorm right now...I love it! Also, I highly recommend freshly ground flax seed. I eat two teaspoons a day...for the past 7 years...I'm high risk for colon cancer and so far, so good.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sunshine,

      So lovely to see you here stopping by to read on my side of HP Town. Yes, turmeric is the real deal, especially one to add to one's diet. How interesting about the Oregano oil. I will start using it too.

      I hope you are enjoying a lovely sunny day in the sunshine state. It is just gorgeous here this day.

      Here's to good health to you and yours.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I've heard many positive benefits to the spices you listed, especially tumeric. Oregano oil is also beneficial for some cancer. Thank you for sharing your advice and wishing you well.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello PhoenixV,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read. I appreciate your wonderful comments and I do hope you grow your garden. Herbs are especially easy to grow, as you can grow them anywhere, even on a windowsill if space is a problem.

      Blessings

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      PhoenixV 3 years ago from USA

      This is an excellent and informative hub. I have recently been seriously considering becoming more self sufficient and growing a garden because of the ever increasing prices of food. I really like spices and herbs and I know people that enjoy growing a lot of that kind of thing, but I never really considered growing it myself until I read your hub on the various health benefits of it, thanks for this.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey,

      So wonderful to see you stopping by to read. Yes, these specific herbs and spices are so important to add to one's diet for great health benefits.

      Thank you so much for sending it around.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I love this hub and have been thinking about this subject lately--sending it around!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello SRPowell,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read. I know caraway seed oil is great for heartburn and digestion and other such ailments, but if one is a diabetic, it can lower blood sugar. It is always good to heed any precautions too. I have seen websites that carry it.

      Here's to good health!

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      Shannon Powell 3 years ago from USA

      Great hub! This is so informative. I'm adding caraway seed oil and orange zest to my list of ways to spice up food and help us eat healthy. I wonder where to find the caraway seed oil. I'm guessing any whole foods store would have it? Anyway, thanks for writing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Vellur,

      You are a smart one indeed! Always so nice to see you stopping by to read.

      I do hope all who read find this to be valuable information.

      Blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi VioletteRose,

      Oh, yes, I understand that it is very common in Indian cooking. I am glad that the rest of the world is now finding out about such. I pray that due to the daily consumption of these great herbs and spices, there is less cancer.

      I appreciate you stopping by to read. Thank you so much for the vote up and more

      Blessings for continued good health

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Thank you for sharing this valuable information. I include herbs and spices in my cooking. Take care.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      The use of spices is very common in Indian cooking. Turmeric, cumin seeds etc. are added to foods almost daily. Great hub, voted up and useful :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Torrs13, thank you so much for reading. Yes, these especially are great to add to one's diet for the added benefits. Ginger is awesome. I appreciate your wonderful feedback here. Here's to great health and spicing up one's life in a most healthy way! I am sorry for the late comment back, however, here of late, it seems there have not been enough hours in the day this summer. I see that you have been busy as ever publishing away. I will be on my way to your side of HP Town shortly.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      I've been very interested in learning about herbs and spices and how to include them in recipes. It's amazing that they can help with cancer! I have heard people say great things about ginger, as well as some of the others you've mentioned. Great hub!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi DreamerMeg,

      So glad you found this hub interesting and will use it to remind you to use more of these important herbs and spice. I do hope this information helps someone.

      Have a lovely evening and thank you for stopping by to read.

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      DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Very interesting hub. I am going to print this out and put in my recipe book to remind me to use more of these particular herbs and spices.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi cclitgirl,

      I am so glad you already love, love, love cooking with these spices! Keep on using all of the spices and you should remain on a path of great health.

      I appreciate you stopping by to read and leaving enthusiastic comments.

      Here's to adding spice to lives with the added benefit of good health.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      I love, love, LOVE cooking with spices. YUM! I have turmeric and even curry - and I've been wanting to use them more. I should just make myself try them in all the dishes I prepare anyway - just to do something different. Thanks for the reminder. Oh and garlic and ginger? Omigosh - they are staples. :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello mts1098,

      Nice to meet you and thank you so much for reading! Well, as far as jalapeno peppers, all I know about them is that I do love them a lot lol!!! However, my dad did too, and unfortunately, he ate so many of them, he wound up with a terrible case of the Gout in his big toe ... Ouch. He was a big man, well over 6 ' tall, but he said he never felt such pain as the Gout. However, he would also eat a whole jar of habanero peppers too!

      I appreciate your visit here this day and hope you are enjoying your day "Inside the Man Cave."

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear word55,

      Aw, you are so kind and most generous in your commenting here. If this helps just one person then it is worth taking the time to write it. Thank you for leaving such thoughtful comments to inspire. I have been remiss here of late in publishing, and do hope to publish something soon ... to His glory.

      God bless you. In His Love Always dear brother in Christ

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      mts1098 3 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      an excellent read and great information - before I go out to get some fresh ginger and tumeric - what do you know about hot peppers? I eat habanero and jalapeno peppers all the time :)

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Faith, you've turned your situation into a beautiful blessing. You're a Child of God, you're a testimony and you're extra special. You're here to help save millions of people if only they would pay attention and take heed. You are serving your purpose my dear. Love you my sister, Keep up the good work :-)

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hi Faith! It's a beautiful Sunny Sunday morning in my part of the world. And, obviously I'm catching up on my reading and hubbing. Gotta do it quickly though cause I'd like to go enjoy some good walk and smell some fresh flowers and herbs, rosemary and turmeric spices included. :)

      Excellent hub! Glad to know you're free of cancer. This kind of hub full of useful information needs to be shared. So, sharing and voting indeed!

      Love from the sky~

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much Better Yourself. I appreciate you stopping by to read this day. Oh, yes, please add a little adventure to your diet and spice it up for good health! Oh, I am so sorry about your sister and will pray for sure. Thank you so much for the vote up. Yes, I was healed of cancer.

      Hugs and blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent hub and Voted up! I have rarely used, if at all, most of these spices. I do like rosemary and garlic but need to be a little more adventurous in incorporating the others. I've shared this article with my sister as well who unfortunately has to deal with melanoma. Happy you are cancer free and thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jo,

      No, I will not do that and I am scheduled for my next one soon, and I will make sure I do not miss it. Yes, Jesus healed me without a doubt.

      Oh, you would be a blessing to those having to take the treatments. I know I was blessed by those who served at the cancer center. They were like no others I had ever met.

      Sweet dreams.

      Hugs and love always.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Yeah Faith don't play with your check ups and keep on believing , because the devil is a nasty stinker . You know at times he may come with his doubts but don't you EVER take heed to him, I am not saying you do but just shout aloud by his stripes I am healed. He was wounded for my transgressions he was bruised for our iniquities, surely he bore our sorrows.

      It has been a desire in my heart about 2 1/2 yrs now to visit a cancer hospital and meet the patience , inquire what's its like to live with such an awful disease to many times we do not fully enter into other people's feelings because its not at our door.

      Good night I need to hit the sack like NOW lol

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Deb,

      So great to see you stopping by to read. Sounds like you are ahead of the game in adding the turmeric and garlic to your diet. Yes, please do try the ginger root tea.

      Blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Peg,

      Yes, thank you, for I am healed! It is a great blessing and I know that I am still here for a reason. Oh, thank you for sharing that your sister is a survivor too! Awesome!

      I appreciate you reading, sharing and posting on Facebook.

      Have a lovely evening.

      Blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello ologsinquito,

      I appreciate you stopping by to read again, pinning and sharing.

      God bless you.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Turmeric and garlic have always been a staple. I sure want to try ginger root tea!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Useful and interesting information on the importance of using food flavorings that heal. Thankfully, you are healed, Faith. What a Blessing. My sister is a survivor too. I'll be passing this article along to her and posting on Facebook.