It’s no secret that the spices we already often have in our kitchen have incredible healing potential. A recent study into the most potent anti-inflamatory spices proves that natural cures are effective when used correctly.
Pound for pound, spices have even more antioxidant power than foods that are known to be high in anioxidant levels. So basically, by seasoning your food, you are “upgrading” it without adding a single calorie. Spices themselves have a unique set of healing properties, and new studies are proving this every day.
In a recent study, researchers from three Universities devised an experiment to evaluate the “true world” benefits of herbs and spices, by feeding them to people in quantities that are typically consumed simply by spicing up your meals. As noted by Dr. Michael Greger MD, who produced the video below:
“The researchers could have taken the easy route and just measured the change in antioxidant level in one’s bloodstream before and after consumption, but the assumption that the appearance of antioxidant activity in the blood is an indication of bioavailability has a weakness.
Maybe more gets absorbed than we think but doesn’t show up on antioxidant tests because it gets bound up to proteins or cells. So the researchers attempted to measure physiological changes in the blood.
They were interested in whether absorbed compounds would be able to protect white blood cells from an oxidative or inflammatory injury—whether herb and spice consumption would protect the strands of our DNA from breaking when attacked by free radicals.”
The study was done by taking 13 groups of 10-12 people and feeding them a certain spice every day. For example, the clove group ate a specific amount of cloves every day for seven days. Their blood was tested before the experiment and then again at the end of the week. The measurements concluded that certain spices were found to be SIGNIFICANTLY effective at stopping the inflammatory response.
Those spices Are:
As noted in the research release: “The results represents what might happen when cells in our body are exposed to the levels of spices that circulate in our bloodstream after normal daily consumption—not megadoses in some pill. Just the amount that makes our spaghetti sauce, pumpkin pie, or curry sauce taste good.”
So the next time you set out to cook a homemade meal, take full advantage of the spices you already use to end inflammation.