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Some helpful spices & herbs

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WebMD article by Salynn Boyles suggests that some spices and herbs are beneficial.

The spice cabinet may prove to be a source of help for diabetes patients.

Some of the most commonly used dried herbs and spices may help block the inflammation believed to drive diabetes and other chronic diseases, laboratory studies conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia suggest.

The researchers tested extracts from 24 common herbs and spices and found that many contained high levels of inflammation-inhibiting antioxidant compounds known as polyphenols. …

More at the link. Top among spices was ground cloves, with cinnamon coming in second (and easier to find uses for). More from the story:

Spices — derived from seeds, berries, bark, or roots — tended to have higher levels of polyphenols than dried herbs, derived from plant leaves.

Of the herbs tested by the researchers, oregano, marjoram, and sage had the highest polyphenol levels, followed by thyme, Italian seasoning, tarragon, mint, and rosemary. Black pepper had the lowest polyphenol content of any of the tested herbs and spices.

UPDATE: I added 1/2 tsp of ground cloves to the morning cereal. Not bad at all.

Written by Leisureguy

7 August 2008 at 8:39 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Health, Science

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