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Spices: Health Benefits

Updated on March 25, 2017

Historically and geographically, spices are an integral part of our culinary life. Don’t you agree, it's hard to imagine a kitchen without a set of cans and pouches with aromatic content. Spices not only affect the taste of our food, but also our health - this is referred to as the ancient medical treatises, and the latest scientific research. Today I will talk about the impact of spices on our body.

Value Of Spices

Once spices were literally valued in gold. In the old days it was hard to keep food for long periods of time and spices helped get rid of the bad taste. In addition, as India experienced, curry, which includes a number of different components is an excellent preservative.

There are a number of great spices: star of anise, sage, basil, tarragon, black and red pepper, cloves, vanilla, coriander, cinnamon, sesame, cumin, and so on. Each of them, and in this case it is only those who are of vegetable origin, has its own unique taste and properties.


In our time it is not necessary to go to distant countries for a variety of spices. However, with the advent of the availability sometimes quality is lost. Spices can be fraught with danger. You should be especially wary of the various mixtures under the common names:. "Seasoning for fish", "Spices for meat", "Mix for pilaf", "Provencal herbs" Such sets of different components are usually supplemented by chemical ingredients to improve the taste.

Another danger - is not quality, but quantity. In large quantities, five and ten grams of the above, spices can actually cause serious health problems. Nutmeg, sage and cinnamon can cause seizures. Due to its sedative properties cloves can cause severe drowsiness.

Spices - are sufficiently strong irritants that can cause diseases. In the event of gastritis, ulcers, allergies, asthma and cystitis, it is better to limit the use of spices or eliminate them from your diet. It is not recommended to combine some spices together with drugs, such as curry and aspirin, since the properties of spices negate the effect of the medicine.

Red pepper is spicy due to the presence of capsaicin in its composition - alkaloid responsible for the burning characteristics. If capsaicin enters the eye, it can cause serious damage to the retina.

Useful Properties Of Spices

Each spice, besides the unique taste and unique flavor, has its own set of useful properties and qualities.

Cloves and bay leaves as a spice or oil, helps with diseases of the upper respiratory tract.

In the course of experiments conducted at the Medical University of Graz in Austria, it was proved that turmeric prevents the development of cirrhosis of the liver, normalizes the bile duct and stops the inflammatory processes.

Amaranth paniculata, coriander, cinnamon, Erwa woolly (almost all of these spices are part of curry) to help cope with the negative effects caused by high levels of sugar in the blood, and are recommended for patients with diabetes and older people.

With sesame, blood cholesterol levels, blood pressure, normalizes. Sesame oil promotes proper bowel function.

Vanilla due to the presence of polyphenols, with antioxidant properties, prevents cancer cells, slows the aging process, is the prevention of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's.

Well-known red or black pepper also prevents the formation of cancer cells, is an excellent tool for coughs. Further, red pepper regulates blood coagulation, and strengthens bones and is recommended for smokers because due to its high content of beta-cryptoxanthin, which neutralizes the effect of tobacco.

Eat spices with moderation and do not forget that, among other things, almost all of them are excellent pheromones!

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