Ginger Root “Super-Spice or Healing Aid”

Ginger root has a deep-rooted history worldwide!  From gingerbread houses and gingerbread men (cookies) to stories like Hansel and Gretel that were written by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, linguistic brothers with a passion for collecting German folklore. The gingerbread man allegedly first appeared in the court of Queen Elizabeth I, who presented courtiers with gingerbread likenesses of themselves. The Queen’s habit of jesting with her court gives this tale some credence. In the 17th century, Nuremberg, Germany, became known as the gingerbread capital, thanks to the elaborate gingerbread scenes that the bakers of that city would create, which included complex gingerbread houses, animals, and people decorated with gold leaf, foil, and other decorations.

Ginger Root has a very sharp, strong yet slightly sweet taste. It is a universal super spice.  It comes from the same family as Turmeric and Cardamom. Depending on the variety, the inside of the root can be yellow, red, or white. Ginger first appeared in the southern parts of ancient China. From there, it spread to India, Maluku Islands (so-called Spice Islands-remember reading about the Spice Islands?), rest of the Asia, and West Africa. Name “ginger” came a long way, but its root is in Sanskrit word “srngaveram” which means “horn body” and describes its root.


The spicy root is actually an underground rhizome (root) of small herb plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae family, of the genus: Zingiber.  Its scientific name: Zingiber officinale.

  1. Did you know that Ginger is one of the most commonly used dietary condiments in the world?
  2. Ginger has been a trading commodity longer than most spices.
  3. It was considered a luxury more than 5,000 years ago, has a very rich history. It had merited value for its medicinal benefits. Today, people still consider ginger a natural way to soothe an upset stomach, and there’s research to back up its health benefits.
  4. Back in the 14th century, a pound of Ginger held a value equal to that of a whole live sheep!

Gingerol is chemically related to capsaicin (the main bioactive ingredient in chili peppers) and piperine (the main bioactive ingredient in black pepper).

We all have those fire-eating friends who pour hot sauce and peppers on every meal. They insist that it’s thrilling to them.  My husband is one of them, along with all our children.  They all say, “We must just be born with a love for heat, and the spicey burning sensation is good for your health.”  I must confess I do not fit in among them; however, I do like ginger spice within reason, and my husband doesn’t. Hmmm, go figure. Why do some like spicey hot foods and others don’t?

In 2015, Hayes published a study on some of the personality traits that coincided with a love of spicy foods. Men and women have different reasons for eating spicy food. While women are typically seeking new sensations, men like to eat peppers literally so that they appear masculine. Spice lovers aren’t born; they’re made. Scientists think that substance P — the P is for pain — has actually been eaten away by spice consumption over time. Substance P belongs to a group of neurokinins (NKs), small peptides that are broadly distributed in the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS).  After eating spicy foods long enough, you just don’t feel that much pain anymore.

Gingerol has been extensively studied and is known to potently neutralize harmful free radicals and help support healthy inflammation levels in the body.  How?  You won’t be disappointed reading further.


NUTRITIONAL PROFILE

 

 

 

 

 

 


TEA TIME

  • Peel and slice Ginger root,
  • Boiled in water with lemon or orange juice, and honey,
  • It is a popular herbal drink in Ayurvedic medicine to relieve common cold, cough, and sore throat.
  • Click the Ginger Tea image for the recipe on YouTube

See a couple of YUMMY recipes at the end! 


SUPERSTARS

Phenolic compounds: Gingerol, *zingerone, shogaol, farnesene, and small amounts of ß-phelladrene, cineol, and citral–all volitile oils.

  • Zingerone, also called vanillylacetone, is a key component of the pungency of ginger. There’s a significant difference between aroma and pungency: aroma is about the sense of smell and the different aroma descriptors (as we can see from the chart listed above) whilst pungency is not a smell. Pungency is based on our sense of feel and nerves.
  • Fresh ginger does not contain zingerone; cooking the ginger transforms gingerol, which is present, into zingerone through a retro-aldol, a viscous liquid acid reaction (reversal of aldol addition).
  • Shogaol, like zingerone, is produced when ginger is dried or cooked.

Sesquiterpenes (action of specific):  Bisapolene, zingiberene (*anti-inflammatory), zingiberol, sesquiphellandrene, and curcurmene (curcumin is in the same family)


MEDICINAL USES

Ginger is a popular spice used in several forms of alternative medicine.

It was widely used for centuries as a spice as well.

Ancient Sanskrit, Chinese, Greek, Roman, and Arabic texts discuss the use of ginger for health-related purposes. In Asia, dried ginger has been used for thousands of years to successfully treat:

  • stomach discomfort
  • motion sickness,
  • diarrhea,
  • nausea,
  • stomach cramps,
  • indigestion,
  • heartburn, and
  • other conditions.

Ginger also appears to have strong anti-inflammatory properties and can help with pain management.

Gingerols increase the motility of the gastrointestinal tract and have analgesic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.


SAFETY PROFILE

  1. Ginger stimulates many secretory glands in the body; it has a “sialogogic” effect (increases salivary juice secretion in the mouth) on salivary glands; increases bile secretion and its release. Therefore, the root may be contraindicated in patients with a history of gallstones.

  2. Ginger root is also known to increase the power of the toxicity of anti-coagulant drug warfarin, resulting in severe bleeding episodes. Because ginger helps thin the blood, it should not be taken two weeks prior to surgery.
  3. Ginger may interfere with the absorption of dietary iron and fat-soluble vitamins and cause stomach upset in higher doses.

PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF GINGER

1. Ginger Boosts the Immune System(C, A, E, B6, Zinc)

    • promotes healthy sweating
    • assists in the detoxification of the body
    • helps the body defend itself against infections
    • fights off bad bacteria in the stomach and ease colds and the seasonal flu
    • relieves upper respiratory tract infections, coughing, and throat irritation due to bronchitis.
    • fight off illness
    • proactively protect the body from incoming sickness and infection
    • loaded with beneficial compounds and antioxidants that work to battle bacterial and viral conditions.

2. Helps Calm Nausea & Vomiting [1]  (B6, C, Ca)

    • It has the potential for soothing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.[2]
    • Studies have shown that Ginger may help reduce and suppresses nausea caused by motion sickness (including seasickness) such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweats, or pregnancy.
    • May help relieve a migraine.

Modern-day usage of ginger includes being used to ease nausea as a result of motion sickness, chemotherapy, and pregnancy.

Taking one gram of ginger daily helps to reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnant women, along with relieving morning sickness.

Further, it has been used successfully to counter nausea and GI upset after surgery or during chemotherapy.

3. Fights Fungal Infections (A, C, E)

    • From yeast infections to jock itch, and athlete’s foot.
    • It was also found effective against two types of yeast that commonly cause fungal infections in the mouth.[3]

4. Protects and Supports digestive Health (B1,B3,B6, C, A,)

Ginger has also been used historically for and one of the most powerful ginger benefits is its ability to support digestive health and prevent common problems of impaired digestion like flatulence, constipation(*), bloating, and other digestive complaints.(*)  Do you experience pain, heartburn, fullness, and discomfort?

  • In addition to these gastro-protective effects, researchers have found ginger to be effective for stress-related ulcers.[4]
  • Gingerols help improve intestinal motility.
  • Ginger prevents the growth of H. pylori – a type of bacteria in the digestive system which can cause ulcers in the lining of the stomach or the upper part of the small intestine, and which sometimes leads to stomach cancer.
  • Ginger does all this because it seems to aid digestion and saliva flow.
  • Ginger helps speed up the emptying of the stomach by 25% compared to a placebo in people with indigestion.[8]
  • Ginger capsules with a meal actually doubled the speed of stomach emptying.[9]

Gingerols help improve the intestinal motility and have been anti-inflammatory, painkiller (analgesic), nerve soothing, antipyretic as well as anti-bacterial properties. Zingerone is effective against E.coli induced diarrhea, especially in children.

5. Improves Brain Function (B1,B2,B3,B9,C,Ca,Mg)

  • A compound, 6-shogaol, inhibited the release and expression of rednesscausing chemicals which damage neurons (nerve cells).[5]
  • Another ginger compound, 10-gingerol, similarly acted in an anti-neuroinflammatory manner. In other words, fresh ginger’s 10-gingerol reduced redness and swelling in the brain.[6]
  • A 2012 study also found that ginger extract helped improve cognitive function and attention in middle-aged women.[7]

6. Eases Inflammation (A,B6,E,Mg)

Although inflammation can be a normal, healthy immune response to injury and infection, chronic inflammation is believed to be a major contributor to conditions like heart disease, obesity, (*), and colitis-associated cancer.[10]

  • Ginger extract may help inhibit the synthesis of certain markers of inflammation due to its compounds. [11]
  • Treat aches and pains attributed to osteoarthritis(*)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis(*)and other joint conditions, which abate symptoms of pain and stiffness associated with joints problems, named gingerols.

Gingerols help improve the intestinal motility and have been anti-inflammatory, painkiller (analgesic), nerve soothing, antipyretic (reduce fever) as well as anti-bacterial properties.

Many sufferers take small daily doses of ginger root and report increased mobility and a reduction in pain. Also, patients note decreases in muscle discomfort and less swelling. There are some cases in which ginger relieved aches in the chest and knees.

7. Eases Menstrual Pains (B6,E,Ca,Mg)

  • In the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that ginger reduces menstrual pain as effectively as medications like ibuprofen and mefenamic acid.[12]
  • Ginger even reduced both the intensity and duration of pain.[13]

8. May Inhibit Cancer Growth (A,B6,C,E)

Ginger may be effective in blocking cancer cell growth and development for ovarian
[14], pancreatic[15], and prostate cancer[16] but it is yet to be determined how it inhibits cancer in humans.  

9. Supports Stable Blood Sugar (B1,B3,B6,P)

  • Demonstrates powerful blood sugar balancing effects by insulin release and sensitivity and also supports the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids.
  • Promotes Healthy Blood Pressure
  • The ginger extract was the most effective in support healthy blood pressure and has been evaluated for its effectiveness against hypertension.
  • Ginger’a natural acids help thin the blood to prevent fatty deposits (blood clots) from building in the arteries reducing the risk of a heart attack. [17]
  • Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Manganese (builds resistance to disease by strengthening the lining of your heart, blood vessels)

10. Relieves Joint and Muscle Pain (B1,C,Ca)

  • Because of its ability to reduce inflammation, adding ginger into your diet could help treat both  and arthritis-related joint pain.
  • One study showed that daily consumption of ginger resulted in moderate-to-large reductions in muscle pain caused by exercise-induced muscle injury. [18] Another study found that ginger extract helped decrease and the need for pain medication in individuals with osteoarthritis. [19]

11. Lowers Cholesterol Levels (B3,B6)

From producing bile to manufacturing hormones, cholesterol is essential to overall health. However, high levels of cholesterol can build up in the blood, causing blockages, and increasing your risk of heart disease.

  • One of the biggest benefits of ginger is its ability to
              1. naturally lower cholesterol levels and triglycerides
              2. to reduce your risk of heart problems,
              3. significantly reduce bad LDL cholesterol-reducing platelet stickiness, and raise beneficial HDL cholesterol compared to a placebo.
  • Ginger was nearly as effective in lowering cholesterol (improving cholesterol markers) as atorvastatin, a medication commonly prescribed for high blood cholesterol. [20]

12. Blocks Bacterial Infections (A,C)

  • Ginger’s antifungal properties, boasts the ability to fight off bacterial infections as well, such as Bacillus and E. coli.
  • Pathogenic bacteria are common culprits behind conditions like urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Manganese (builds resistance to disease by strengthening the lining of your urinary passages)
  • One study shows that ginger could help inhibit the growth of certain strains of bacteria that cause gum disease. [21]
  • Another test-tube study showed that ginger extract was effective against several strains of drug-resistant bacteria as well.

The Original Ginger Ale

More like a ‘ginger-ade’ than a soda, these beverages resembled homemade tonics and could likely be described as sugar water with a kick of ginger root.

A tall, refreshing glass of ginger ale is a fantastic drink, and it’s surprisingly easy to make at home. Ginger ale is one of the easiest homemade sodas you can mix up. If you are a true fan of ginger ale, you’ll also find that this is more economical than store-bought options.

  • 2 cups ginger (fresh, peeled, and chopped)
  • 3 strips lemon peel (about 4 inches each; yellow part only)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 3 quarts club soda (chilled)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a 4-quart saucepan, place ginger, lemon peel, and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer at a low boil, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.

  3. Add sugar, stirring constantly, and continue to boil until reduced to about 3 cups (about 15 minutes).

  4. Place a fine wire strainer over a large bowl. Pour in the ginger syrup to separate the solids from liquids. Discard the lemon peel. The strained, cooked ginger pieces can be reserved for other uses.

  5. Allow the ginger simple syrup to cool before pouring into a glass container. Seal it tightly and chill for at least 1 hour until it’s cold. You can also store it for up to 1 week in the fridge.

  6. When ready to serve, for each 16-ounce serving, mix 1/4 cup ginger simple syrup with 1 cup cold club soda, and pour over ice. Additional ginger syrup or sugar may be added to sweeten it to fit your taste.


Ginger Banana Smoothie by Delectable Planet

  • 2 very ripe bananas (with plenty of brown speckles)
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups frozen fruit or berries*
  • 1 cup nondairy milk (almond milk or soy milk for the best flavor)

Preparation

  1. Combine the ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy.
  2. *Try strawberries, pineapple, peaches, or blueberries


If you have not included this spice into your cooking routine, maybe it is something to consider.  Broaden your taste bud pallet with this new flavor.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  It shows your interest in health or at least your curiosity.  I am truly enjoying learning more about the powerful benefits of the Herbs and Spices we use in our kitchens and hope you are too.  If you enjoyed this post and learning about Gingerroot, please press the follow button, like it, and share how it helped you.  If you know someone who could be helped by this information please pass it on.  People are destroyed from a lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)  I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread the word so that more people can live their best life now free and to the fullest.


Parsley “chemoprotective” plant

The History of Parsley

                                   PARSLEY

The name “parsley” comes from two Greek words Petroselinum (petrose) meaning “rock.”, and the other is selenium, which is an ancient name for celery. Literally, parsley means “rock celery.”  Rock celery because it thrives on rocks and walls.  The ancient Greeks and Rome believed parsley was sacred and also evil, where death and victory run hand in hand. Warriors fed parsley leaves to their horses to give them strength. The Greeks placed it on winning athletes and also on the tombs of the dead.  Parsley was closely associated with death, perhaps due to its look-alike “fool’s parsley”, which is poisonous. It was scattered over graves during funerals and planted on those sites as well. The saying “De’eis thai selinon”, or “needs only parsley” was the equivalent of today’s “one foot in the grave”.

A lot of us think that parsley only acts as a garnish for food, making the plate look more presentable and attractive. Some people just toss the leaf away or push them to the side of the plate. Not a lot of people actually eat them along with their meals.

There are two main types of parsley plants used as herbs in recipes:

            1. Curly-leaf parsley also called French parsley
            2. Italian, or flat-leaf parsley

Flat-leaf Italian parsley is more closely related to the wild parsley species that was first grown in the Mediterranean. Compared to curly parsley, it also has a stronger flavor and is easier to grow.

Some people prefer the curly-leaf variety because of its decorative appearance when it’s used on top of recipes. Both types taste very similar to someone who is not extremely familiar with them, and both offer similar health benefits.

Parsley can provide much more than a decoration on your plate. Parsley was used medicinally prior to being consumed as a food in the Mediterranean for 2,000 years before it was used for food.


 

 

 

 

It contains a range of protective vitamins and flavonoid antioxidants that are responsible for many of the disease-fighting parsley benefits being researched today. These antioxidants include luteolin, apigenin, lycopene, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene.


PARSLEY SUPERSTARS

PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS

 

          Immune Booster

Vitamin C has many different functions.

  • Its powerful anti-inflammatory agent and its antioxidants help slow the aging process.
    • It perfectly helps to fight with edema, no matter where they occur: on the legs, face or in other places.
  • usefulness in conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and needed for the healthy function of the immune system.
  • It may also be helpful in reducing the severity of asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Vitamin C improves iron absorption.
  • Vitamin C helps maintain a healthy gut environment, where much of the immune system is actually located

        1. Pass the leaves and roots of the plant through a meat grinder and add the seeds in a glass bowl.
        2. Pour boiling water and wait about 7 minutes. After that, tea can be filtered and drunk.
        3. It is advisable to drink a cup of tea every two hours.
        4. To improve the taste, you can add lemon and honey.

          Important antioxidant

Vitamin A ~ helps reduce the risk for the development and progression of conditions like atherosclerosis, diabetes, and colon cancer.

It is a nutrient so important to a strong immune system that its nickname is the “anti-infective vitamin.”

          Cancer prevention

  • Protecting your cells from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals
  • This herb is sometimes called a “chemoprotective” plant because it helps protect DNA from damage, stops cell mutation and helps induce apoptosis, or the death of harmful cells.
  • Folate is vitally important for cancer-prevention or inhibiting tumors due to high levels of anti-inflammatory compounds. It is therefore important for cancer-prevention areas of the body that contain rapidly dividing cells such as the colon and the cervix.
  • Apigenin has been found to
    1. …“inhibit the progestin-dependent synthesis of human breast cancer cells
    2. …significantly delaying the development of, and decreasing the incidence and multiplicity of mammary tumors,” according to research done in 2013 by the American Association of Cancer.
  • Myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene are powerful oil components that benefit the body’s immune system and help fight cancer neutralizing oxidative stress and fighting off carcinogens.

          Heart Health (B, K, C)

  • K Promotes strong capillaries and is used for the prevention of spider veins.
  • B Reduces blood vessel damage lowering the risk of stroke, heart attack, and atherosclerosis (thickening of artery walls).
  • K Just 10 sprigs improves bone health and improves calcium absorption.
  • K Proper blood clotting, which can help prevent excessive bleeding.
  • C Improves Heart Health
  • Carotenoids (A vitamins) contribute to lower rates of heart disease
  • B Folate is needed for heart health – it’s a vital B vitamin that plays a critical role in protecting your heart. Folate in order to convert homocysteine, a type of amino acid found in the blood. Homocysteine is a potentially troublesome molecule that can cause damage to blood vessels when uncontrolled, potentially leading to a heart attack or stroke.
Just two tablespoons (8 grams) of parsley deliver more vitamin K than you need in a day.
NOTE:  If you are taking blood-thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin),
it is important that you do not suddenly begin to eat more foods containing vitamin K, which plays a large role in blood clotting.

 

Improves Oral Hygiene

Parsley is chock full of chlorophyll, which has antibacterial properties. You have all probably seen a sprig of parsley as a garnish to decorate your plate or on a display of dishes in a restaurant. What you may not know is that eating it after a meal fights oral bacteria that causes bad breath.

          Digestive Health

  • Parsley works as a natural diuretic.
  • Improves digestion of proteins and fats
  • Parsley’s high enzyme content contributes to improving overall digestion, and the effective elimination of waste.
  • Parsley stimulates digestion and the kidneys and helps eliminate toxins and kidney stones. It relieves water retention, bloating, indigestion, and flatulence (preventing the formation of gas).
  • It increases urine flow to remove infection-causing bacteria from the urinary tract.

“Parsley is used for inflammation of the kidneys and bladder, gravel, stones, and urine retention.”

“Parsley is remarkable for its ability to expel watery poisons, excess mucoid matter, [even] flatulence, reducing swollen and enlarged glands.”

According to Dr. John Christopher of the Herbal Legacy Group

  • Acts as antiurolithiatic drug through decreasing urinary calcium excretion, increasing urinary pH, dieresis, decreasing urinary protein excretion, and via its nephroprotective activity.”
  • It helps your body flush out more toxins such as heavy metals

According to a 2002 review done at the American University of Beirut.

  • It prevents the formation of kidney stones, benefiting digestive health because it helps stimulate kidney production of urine and draws excess water out of the abdomen, where it can cause discomfort and indigestion.
  • Regular consumption of parsley also speeds up the process of uric acid removal. This is a symptom of arthritis.
  • Help relieve water retention
  • And eases bloating
  • Treats a number of gastrointestinal symptoms and disorders:
    1. including gas
    2. constipation
    3. bloating
    4. indigestion
    5. nausea
  • It helps increase bile production and beneficial gastric juices that are needed for proper enzyme functions involved in food and nutrient absorption.

        1. Use 30g (or 3 tablespoons full) of parsley leaves per 4 cups of boiling water.
        2. Let it steep for 10 minutes and sip before meals to prevent bloating, or after to relieve it.
NOTE:  Parsley can cause serious issues for those who already have kidney or gallbladder problems.

Wound Healing

An essential amino acid found in parsley is needed to repair damaged tissues. Parsley juice works wonders to speed up wound healing after surgery.

Soothes Irritated Skin:

Rub dried or fresh parsley leaves on irritated skin or insect bites to soothe skin irritation. When dealing with boils, boil parsley leaves in water and apply it on the affected areas for a few hours. It also helps to fade freckles and spots.

Protects Eye and Skin Health(A)

  • Carotenoid and beta-carotene boost eye health. These antioxidants protect the retina and cornea from damage as someone ages.
  • Helping prevent eye disorders like macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Fights signs of aging on the skin.
  • Parsley benefits skin and dental health by fighting off infections and bacteria.
  • Protects eyes and skin from UV light damage, and may be able to help prevent skin cancer.

Bone Protecting (Ca, K, D, Mg)

  • maintaining bone density
  • fights bone breaks and fractures

Balance Hormones(B6)

  • for normalizing menstruation
  • treating amenorrhea (loss of menstrual cycle)
  • decreasing menstrual pain
  • important for fertility
  • prevents symptoms of PMS
  • prevents neural tube defects
  • important for a healthy pregnancy

Caution: Parsley is not recommended for pregnant women in large amounts, as it may cause uterine contractions, but used after delivery, it is said to tone the uterus.

Parsley Tea (uses 2 to 4 tablespoons of fresh parsley with 2 cups of water). This tea has been used in natural folk medicine as a remedy for treating gallstones, indigestion, kidney stones, constipation, and edema (bloating). Drinking ginger and parsley tea is also a great way to soothe nausea associated with pregnancy, stomach viruses, etc.

  1. Chop fresh parsley and tie up in cheesecloth. Place bundle in a teapot with lid
  2. Bring water to boil in a kettle or heavy saucepan
  3. Pour boiling water over cheesecloth bundle, cover and let steep for 10 minutes
  4. Warm 1 tablespoon honey for each cup of tea and serve while hot.
  5. It is advisable to drink a cup of tea every two hours.

Use 30g (or 3 tablespoons full) of parsley leaves per 4 cups of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes and sip before meals to prevent bloating, or after to relieve it.


Many Christian groups also celebrate Passover. Christians tend to view the brilliant green parsley as symbolizing new life, the life they believe is promised by Jesus’ resurrection. Because of Parsley’s bitterness, it is done in remembrance of the enslaved Jews and the tears they shed.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  It shows your interest in health or at least your curiosity.  I am truly enjoying learning more about the powerful benefits of the Herbs and Spices we use in our kitchens.  If you enjoyed this post and learning about Parsley, please press the follow button, like it, and share how it helped you.  If you know someone who could be helped by this information please pass it on.  People are destroyed from a lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)  I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread the word so that more people can live their best life now free and to the fullest.


Dr. Axe

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Nutmeg – The Unsavory History of a Tasty Spice

nutmegToday, we take spices for granted. Every kitchen has a spice rack or a well-stocked pantry because every grocery store has a wide variety of spices to choose from at very reasonable prices. But spice prices weren’t so reasonable in the 17th century.

Well, in those days nutmeg didn’t grow just anywhere.  Nutmeg was so highly valued that there was even counterfeiting. Less-than-virtuous traders would whittle down ordinary wood and polish it until it resembled a nutmeg seed.  Have you ever hear of the Nutmeg State?

Nutmeg is one of those fragrant flavor enhancers, that was once a rare, costly spice, so much so that wars broke out over it, leading to a tragic and bloody history. Tens of thousands of people have died in the pursuit of this little brown seed, nutmeg, reducing the population from 15,000 to 600.

Before we get into the benefits of this highly prized spice, let’s learn about its volatile history.

Nutmeg has been one of the saddest stories of history.


THE NUTMEG WARS

Nutmeg is indigenous to the volcanic soils of the Banda Islands, a group of islands in Indonesia.

By the Middle Ages, wealthy people in Europe knew about nutmeg and coveted it for its medicinal properties. Europeans believed that nutmeg had the power to ward off viruses like the common cold; they even thought that it could prevent the bubonic plague. As a result, the spice was worth more than its weight in gold.

Today, the Island of Run has a population of about 1,000 people. And much like TV’s “Gilligan’s Island,” there are no phones, no motorcars. And lights? They’re only on for a few hours every evening. After that, the power grid is shut down island-wide.

Many traders wanted to find the mysterious “Spice Islands” of Indonesia where nutmeg was grown. In 1512, the Spanish finally discovered the location in the Banda Islands where all the world’s nutmeg grew.  At that time, nutmeg was worth a lot of money, and whoever had the Banda Islands, the only place where it grew, had a monopoly on the spice.  In 1621 the Dutch swept in and took over. In order to monopolize on the spice, all exported nutmeg seeds were drenched with lime to make sure there was no chance a fertile nut would find its way off the islands.   In 1667, the Dutch traded Manhattan to the British for a small Pacific island named Run/Rhun (Roon).  Run is barely seen on the map and was one of the Banda Islands in the Spice Islands archipelago and was where the nutmeg trees grew.   

Initially, the Dutch wanted to get around America to Asia — and all its spices. Of all the high-demand, low-supply, overpriced spices, nutmeg was king. It was the most precious spice on earth from kingdom to kitchen.  The Dutch wanted total control of the lucrative nutmeg trade and they were willing to give up New Amsterdam (Manhattan), their backwater town in the New World, for it. Local Bandanese call this trade the “Manhattan Transfer.” The Dutch got what they wanted. The Treaty of Breda, in 1667, the English intended on securing their hold over every nutmeg island. The Dutch offered a trade, by giving the island of Manhattan, which is how New Amsterdam became New York.  James II the Duke of York, personally led the English attack on New Amsterdam.  So, New York is New York and not New Amsterdam because of the wars won and lost due to this spice.

In 1770, A Frenchman Pierre Poivre (Peter Pepper), smuggled nutmeg trees out of the Banda Islands and successfully transplanted them in the French colony of Mauritius off the coast of East Africa, creating competition for the nutmeg trade.

THEN, disaster struck In 1778, a volcanic eruption caused a tsunami that wiped out many of the nutmeg groves in the Banda Islands. In 1809, the English reclaimed the Banda Islands but in 1817 returned them to the Dutch AFTER transplanting hundreds of nutmeg seedlings to their own colonies.

Banda nutmeg is still considered the finest nutmeg in the world, although it is grown in other places.


Nutmeg comes from a tall evergreen.  Nutmeg is a seed not a nut and is used as a spice in various cuisines in the world. It brings sweetness to the foods. The seed can also enhance the taste of food and make the food more aromatic with just a small amount of it.  Nutmeg is made from the seed of the nutmeg tree, Myristica fragrans. The spice trade began in the Middle East more than 4,000 years ago, when Chinese, Persian, Malay, and Arab traders brought spices to Europe.

  • Historically, grated nutmeg was used as a sachet, and the Romans used it as incense.
  • Nutmeg was prized by the European aristocracy who used it for seasoning, medicine, and to preserve meat.
  • Ladies wore nutmeg sachets around their necks and men put it into their snuff. Everyone used it to combat the plague.
  • Just in our very recent past, NUTMEG was named the Herb of the Month in November of this year, 2019, by the Herb Society of America’s.

nutmeg; maceInteresting Facts

The first fact is that the spice trade was the primary driver of the global economy.

Nutmeg was the favored spice in Europe. Aside from adding flavor to food and drinks, its aromatic qualities worked wonders to disguise the stench of decay in poorly preserved meats, always a problem in the days before refrigeration.

Nutmeg is an unusual spice.  It is a twin spice.  But, it is more than just a spice.  It has a red membrane, which enwraps the shiny dark nutmeg shell, is known as mace, nutmeg’s twin spice.  The outer lace-like covering of the nutmeg seed is dried and ground.  Mace is used both as a spice and as a weapon to ward of predators.

No part of the nutmeg is ever wasted including the shell, which is used as flower bed mulch and for covering garden plants.


Nutmeg vs Mace – What’s the difference?

Culinary Uses – Nutmeg is considerably more fragrant and sweeter, while mace has a lighter flavor.

Nutmeg is used more to flavor many kinds of baked goods, confections, puddings, potatoes, meats, sausages, sauces, vegetables, curries, and such beverages as eggnog.

Mace has fewer of the same compounds and is more delicate and milk base dishes. It is used more for pastries and old fashioned donuts, eggs, fish dishes.  It has more vitamin C, copper, and magnesium than its twin, nutmeg.

Mace as a weapon – In 1786, Mace is an ancient weapon, formerly much used by cavalry of all nations

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Why was nutmeg so valuable?

Four hundred years ago, nutmeg was the most valuable commodity in the world, owing to its potent medicinal properties. The sweet, fragrant aroma of nutmeg is the result of a combination of essential oils, notably myristicin, elemicin, eugenol, safrole, pinene, camphene, dipentene, cineol, linalool, and terpineol.

Medicinal Uses

  • Include treatment for diarrhea and gas and a topical treatment for pain. In the mid-1300’s it was thought to combat the Black Death.
  • In 16th century London, for example, its price skyrocketed after doctors recommended it as a cure for the bubonic plague. Ladies carried nutmeg sachets around their necks to breathe through and avoid the pestilence of the air.
  • China dates back to the 5th century and was considered beneficial to the digestive system.
  • Sri Lanka and Indonesia and are currently in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia for rheumatism, nausea, diarrhea, flatulent dyspepsia and dysentery.  An ointment of nutmeg butter has been used as a counterirritant and in the treatment of rheumatism.
  • The seed contains anti-fungal, anti-infectious and anti-bacterial agents as well as volatile and non-volatile oil.
  • Many arthritis sufferers use nutmeg oil and it has been used for years in the West Indies as a treatment for malaria, asthma, and pneumonia.

VITAMIN AND MINERAL COMPOSITION

Nutmeg is rich in dietary minerals including B group vitamins as well as essential oils with anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor as well as antioxidant properties.  The portion of nutrients in the nutmeg is considered one of the highest portions among all types of nuts.


PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS

1.  Improves Sharpness of the Brain(B5, Me, VC)

It has neuroprotective properties. Myristicin in nutmeg aids in improving memory by stimulating and preserving the neural pathways in the brain. It improves concentration and the ability to focus. Furthermore, it inhibits an enzyme that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease. It reduces mental exhaustion by stimulating the nerves in the brain, therefore removing stress and mental exhaustion leaving you feeling energized throughout the day.

In fact, ancient Romans and Greek civilizations used the seed as a tonic for the brain and drank it to prepare for mental challenges.

2.  Improves Brain Health(Me, B1,2,3,6,7,9, VC)

Neuroprotective properties myristicin, eugenol, and elemicin, all helped increase the levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the hippocampus of the rats. The hippocampus is the organ located in the brain that is mainly associated with memory and spatial navigation, which is the part of memory responsible for recording and retrieving all the information in the brain.

Oils in nutmeg have a therapeutic effect on the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.  

3. Has a calming ability(Mg,K, Me, VC)

Nutmeg oil is known to have a calming effect and is commonly used to help relax muscles. The compounds myristicin and elemicin in nutmeg provide mild sedative and anti-anxiety benefits by activating the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine in the brain, in addition, chronic nervous problems.  Myristicin provides medicinal properties. In fact, when taken in large enough doses nutmeg is a hallucinogen, thanks to a psychoactive chemical called myristicin, which is related to mescaline and amphetamine.

It also works as an adaptogen that helps the body and mind to cope with stress. Thus, nutmeg provides the dual advantage of lowering your blood pressure in times of stress and lifting your spirits when you are feeling down.

Inhaling nutmeg oil serves as one of the most useful natural home remedies for stress, anxiety,
and depression
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4.  Relieves Insomnia(Mg, VC)

Magnesium, in Nutmeg, is able to reduce nerve tension and stimulate the secretion of the hormone serotonin. This hormone helps us to feel relaxed and can also be converted into another hormone called melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone that is responsible for making us feel tired and calm and can help make sure we get a good night’s sleep.

1/4 tsp. of freshly ground nutmeg to warm water or milk to help you sleep.

5. Relieve nausea(Mg)

In addition, it relieves nausea and prevents vomiting.

6. Improves blood circulation(K, Na, VC)

It has a relaxing aroma that comforts the body, and improves blood circulation and lowers blood pressure for people with heart problems. Powdered nutmeg might also help to relieve heart problems.

7. Eases muscle and joint pain(K, VC)

Nutmeg has anti-inflammatory properties, myristicin, elemicin and eugenol, helps relieve joint and muscle pains. The oil is applied on the affected part for immediate relief, removing stress and relaxing the body.  Itis an ingredient in cough syrups and cold drops and treating asthma. Nutmeg really does have chemical constituents that make you feel good and can help warm us up and even help us fight off head colds and stomachaches.

8.  Promotes Tooth Health(Ca, Mg, VC, Me)

Nutmeg has antibacterial properties, myristic acid and trimyristin found in nutmeg, exhibited good antibacterial activity and with the potential to inhibit the activity of bacteria such as Porphyromonas gingivalis that causes periodontitis and Streptococcus mutans that are associated with tooth decay. Eugenol has been used in dental offices as toothache relief.

The methanol extract found in nutmeg has anti-cariogenic properties and helps prevent tooth decay and dental caries. Macelignan, another antibacterial agent found in this spice, also helps inhibit the activity of bacteria that cause the cavity.

9.  Offers Liver and Kidney Protection(Mg, VC)

Nutmeg offers the much-needed support to reduce the toxic burden of the Liver and Kidney’s to ensure they optimally function well.  Through the rich compound called myrislignan, enzymes are activated to help remove toxins from the Liver and Kidney and dissolves stones naturally. Magnesium that is present in Nutmeg also helps to detoxify cells and metals from the body.

10. Aids in Digestion(Mg, VC)

Nutmeg has various beneficial properties for your digestive tract.  

  • Its fibers could help to promote the digestive process by inducing the peristaltic contraction of the intestinal smooth muscles, preventing the common digestive discomfort of constipation.
  • Secondly, it could also stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes and numerous gastric, intestinal juices. As a result, it could improve the chronic digestive problems that you have been facing for a long time such as alleviating diarrhea, preventing flatulence, and stomach gas.
  • If you are suffering from nausea, indigestion, vomiting or even bloating, nutmeg is definitely a perfect natural home remedy for you to eliminate these annoying diseases.

Nutmeg added to desserts and milk is beneficial for indigestion and flatulence.  Also, it helps get rid of gas from the body and is used to treat several stomach diseases such as indigestion and stomach ulcers. It can also aid in managing symptoms of Crohn’s disease.

Mixing powdered nutmeg with banana or apple juice can be used as a herbal therapy for diarrhea. Also, a mixture of nutmeg with amla juice can relieve morning sickness and hiccups. Amla is an Indian Gooseberry, also called Awla or Amla excellent source of Vitamin C and contains 20 times the vitamin C in an orange.

One drop of Nutmeg essential oil in 8 oz of water may help with digestive and stomach issues. 

 

11.  Improves Skin(B5, Cu, VC)

Nutmeg has long been used in herbal medicine as a treatment to sustain skin health and appearance.  It is useful in curing skin issues such as Eczema and Acne.  It not only helps prevent acne; but, if you have any scars left by acne on your face, a tablespoon of nutmeg oil could help you in this case.

Beauty Tips:

  Try leaving a paste mixture of 2 Tbsp of Nutmeg powder, 2 Tbsp. honey, 2 Tbsp. Cinnamon on the inflammatory area on your skin once a day for several days. After 30 minutes, you can wash it off with lukewarm water.

  1 Tbsp. Nutmeg powder, 1 Tbsp. Coconut Milk – Apply to skin.  Leave for 30 minutes.  Wash off with cold water

12.  Boosts Immunity(Zn, Me, VC, Fe, K, Ca)

Nutmeg is rich in potassium, calcium, iron, and manganese that play a key role in improving your body’s immunity.

WARNING: If you take it in excess, it would be toxic even and might cause irregular heart rhythms (palpitations), intense nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and dry mouth as side effects.  For this reason, it is advisable to take small doses in order to avert possible complications and stay within a half of teaspoon of nutmeg powder a day.  In addition, it can lead to psychoactive effects and cause some problems such as hallucinations, narcotic effects or even agitation. It does not stop there, a huge unnecessary amount of nutmeg consumed also could lead to 


RECIPES:  It is better to get the seed of nutmeg and freshly grate/grind it because the flavors are lost very quickly.

TEA:  1 cups hot water, 1/3 cup of your choice of milk, 1/4 tsp Nutmeg, 1 tea bag

EGGNOG:  1 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk, 2 Soaked Medjool Dates, 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract, 1/4 Cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. Nutmeg, Pinch of Cloves, Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt, 2 medium frozen ripe bananas.  Blend all in blender


IN SUMMARY

Nutmeg contains an incredible array of nutritional benefits relieve pain, ease indigestion, improve brain function, detoxify the body, boost the quality of skin, improve mouth problems, improve sleep, strengthen immune system, prevent some problems of blood and also improve blood circulation. and provides antifungal, antidepressant, and gas-inhibitive functions.

Different constituents of essential oils contained in nutmeg may affect pregnant and lactating mothers differently, but some of these effects may really be dangerous for the baby and the mother. So, you should specifically ask your gynecologist and pediatrician about the safety of nutmeg during pregnancy and for sure moderation.

Although this small nut has numerous benefits for human health in all terms, you still have to control the amount of nutmeg you consume daily.  Always remember that spices and herbs are best consumed in limited amounts.  They are powerful medicine and must be respected.


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Barking Up the Right Tree: Cinnamon A Medicinal Bark of Autumn

Today cinnamon is considered a common spice. We use it in so many ways, yet we don’t see cinnamon as being very special anymore. This is unfortunate. But in antiquity, it was a valued commodity deemed to be as precious as gold.  Cinnamon ranked in value with gold, ivory, frankincense, and was among the most costly offerings in the Temple of Apollo in Miletus and 243 BC.  Cinnamon may just be the miracle you need this Autumn and Winter season. (1)


Nevertheless, in spite of the many healing and health benefits of Cinnamon and its popularity worldwide, and it still maintains popularity from its ancient past, I fear we have become too familiar with it and have lost the respect it deserves.

WARNING:  Do you remember the cinnamon challenge?  It went viral in 2001, and increased in popularity in 2007, peaking abruptly in January 2012 and falling off almost as sharply through the first half of that year, then tapering off almost to its previous level by 2014. Most of the participants were aged from 13 to 24 years.

Why is the Cinnamon challenge so dangerous?

The stunt can be dangerous and accidental inhalation of Cinnamon can seriously damage the lungs by causing inflammation and leading to infection. The cinnamon is remarkably effective at drying out your mouth. Add in its spicy burn, and you’ve got trouble.  The cinnamon coats and dries the mouth and throat, resulting in coughing, gagging, vomiting, and inhalation of cinnamon, leading to throat irritation, breathing difficulties, and risk of pneumonia or a collapsed lung. The risks can be worse, even fatal.  In the first three months of 2012, American poison control centers had received over a hundred phone calls as a result of the cinnamon challenge.

While one of the benefits of cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory response by our body, too much of a good thing can create an inflammatory response.  As with all herbs and spices, we must treat them with respect.  After all, they are powerful medicine.


SO, What is Cinnamon?  It is Sweet, Delicate, and Powerful


type of cinnamonCinnamon is an evergreen tree characterized by oval-shaped leaves, thick bark, and berry fruit.  Cinnamon sticks are not natural branches of the tree but are created when the bark is stripped.  When harvesting the spice, the inner bark and leaves are the primary parts of the plant used. The stems must be processed immediately after harvesting while the inner bark is still wet. The processed bark dries completely in four to six hours, provided it is in a well-ventilated and relatively warm environment. Once dry, the bark is cut into 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 in) lengths for sale. It can be enjoyed in stick form, as a powder, pre-ground, or even in essential oils.  Watch it here.

Cinnamon is believed to come from the Hebrew word kinamon, or the Phoenician word “kinnámmon”.  The Greek word ‘Kinnamon’ which means “sweet wood” is Cinnamon, from a type of tree, is a powerful spice that has been used medicinally around the world and has been used for over 4,000 years.

This bark contains several special compounds that are responsible for its many health-promoting properties.  It is referenced in Egypt and in the Bible. Egyptians used large quantities of this spice when embalming mummies.  Bundles of cinnamon were heaped onto funeral pyres, partly as a ritual but also to ward off odor.  It is part of the Holy Anointing Oil of Moses that was given to him by God in Exodus (Exodus 30: 22-33).  If someone was sick, they would mix cinnamon, cassia, calamus, myrrh, and olive oil and poured it over their heads.

22 Moreover the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, 24 And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.

  • During Shakespeare’s time, cinnamon was valued as a preservative for meat.  It was thought that phenols, one of the properties of cinnamon, inhibit the growth of bacteria responsible for spoilage.
  • Cinnamon is a multipurpose herb providing numerous health-enhancing properties most notably helpful for the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems. This mixture has incredibly therapeutic benefits. It is still used daily in many cultures because of the widespread cinnamon benefits.
  • Cinnamon is recorded in Ebers Papyrusan Egyptian medical papyrus of herbal knowledge dating to circa 1550 BC. It is among the oldest and most important medical papyri of ancient Egypt.
  • As a matter of fact, cinnamon ranks No. 1 out of 26 of the most popular herbs and spices in the world in terms of its protective antioxidant levels. Cinnamon grows in tropical and subtropical climate zones and is indigenous to regions of China, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka (2)
  • Although cinnamon is mostly used in sweets and desserts in the western world, the spice is popular in savory dishes in several cuisines, including Indian, Mexican, and Greek.cinnamon facts - mummification
  • The Greeks also used cinnamon for their embalming process because of a chemical called Cinnamaldehyde.  It rhymes with formaldehyde. The chemical that gives cinnamon its characteristic smell and zing is known as cinnamic aldehyde, or cinnamaldehyde. This means there’s a part of the chemical that acts like formaldehyde that binds and has the potential to “fix” human tissue.(3)(4)(5)
  • Cinnamon was worth more than 15 times its weight in silver.
  • Cinnamon was one of several prized spices that Christopher Columbus tried. (He and his crew had actually discovered was a completely different plant, Canella winterana, better known as white cinnamon or wild cinnamon.)

Its special phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and antioxidants have been isolated. These compounds make cinnamon one of the most beneficial spices on earth, giving it anti-oxidant (Anthocyanins), anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, immunity-boosting and potential cancer and heart disease-protecting abilities.


 TWO FORMS OF CINNAMON


Although, we in the US use two forms of Cinnamon, Ceylon or Cassia, there are others: Cassia, Saigon, and Korintje. Cinnamon are also classified under the Cassia Cinnamon category because they are very similar to each other with only slight variations in color, taste, shape, and Coumarin content.(6)

  • difference-between-ceylon-and-cassiaCeylon, Cinnamomum verum (Sri Lanka cinnamon or Ceylon cinnamon), is Latin for the word “true.”

This is one of the reasons it was originally referred to as “true cinnamon.” Ceylon is typically more expensive than cassia because it is sweeter and less pungent tasting.  Ceylon is sweeter than cassia, a sweet, almost floral aroma.

  • C. cassia (Chinese cinnamon) it has 80% cinnamaldehyde, cinnamon flavor, and odor.

Aldehydes are known to be calming. Cassia cinnamon types are a darker red-brown color.  It is believed to be harmful in large doses due to the coumarin content. Cassia’s flavor is spicy-sweet with a mild scent. The cheaper Cassia has made inroads and has come to dominate the market.

  • C. burmannii (Indonesian cinnamon or Korintje)

It is the predominant cinnamon retailed to the worldwide market and is less sweet with higher amounts of coumarin than Chinese cassia.

  • Malabar cinnamon (Cinnamomum citriodorum the characteristic smell of lemongrass)

It has 45% cinnamaldehyde, cinnamon flavor, and odor.

  • C. loureiroi (Vietnamese cinnamon or Saigon cinnamon)

The most prized member of Cassia family.

One of the major differences between C. verum and varieties such as C. burmannii and C. cassia is that the latter types contain much higher levels of coumarin, a naturally occurring phytochemical with blood-thinning properties.


Cinnamon’s Main Nutritional Profile (7)


Manganese (245%) – with one teaspoon providing about .46 mg of this important mineral. While that might not seem like much, men only need 2.3 mg of manganese per day on average and women just 1.8 mg. Manganese plays a vital role in collagen production, making it especially important for wound healing and bone health, as collagen is an important component of bone.  Manganese also regulating blood sugar and improving brain function, among other benefits.

Calcium (28%) – Calcium is not only important for keeping your bones strong and healthy, but calcium is also needed for your muscles to contract and your blood to clot properly.

Iron (13%) – is a trace mineral needed to make hemoglobin, the protein needed to carry oxygen throughout the body. Hemoglobin gives red blood cells their color, and stores most of the body’s iron supply.  Iron is also stored in muscle tissue, and helps supply the muscles with the oxygen needed to make them contract.

Vitamin K (11%) –  is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important for blood clotting and bone health. Increased amounts of vitamin K in diet might lower the risk of hip fracture; over time, a shortage of vitamin K could lead to osteoporosis. Vitamin K is now being studied for its effectiveness as a cancer treatment.

Copper (5%) – is the third most abundant trace mineral in the body, and helps protect the cardiovascular, skeletal, and nervous systems. It is needed to make an enzyme that keeps your arteries from hardening and possibly rupturing, and for the production of phospholipids, which help form the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves. The body also has to have copper to produce the powerful antioxidant, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) an enzyme that repairs cells.

Magnesium (4%) – is a mineral that is essential to a wide variety of body processes, including energy production, protein formation, DNA production, and nerve conduction. It helps maintain normal levels of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, adrenaline, and insulin and keeps the bones strong and the heart-healthy. helps to relax the heart muscles to maintain a regular heartbeat, and thus prevent sudden changes in blood pressure. protects the heart by discouraging the aggregation (clumping) of red blood cells, which can lead to the formation of blood clots, and by raising HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

Cinnamon ranks as #7 on the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score of 131,000 for an herb/spice. ORAC measures the in vitro antioxidant capacity in biological samples.  That is an incredible benefit.


Cinnamon comes with a power pact package of benefits(8)(9)


1. Supports the Immune System – High in Antioxidants, Antibacterial, and Antiviral Properties(Manganese)

Cinnamon is packed with a variety of protective antioxidants, such as polyphenols, phenolic acid, and flavonoids that work to reduce by helping to neutralize harmful free radical damage fighting oxidative stress, and aid in the prevention of chronic disease, which in turn slows the aging process down, therefore aging gracefully.  In fact, researchers have currently identified at least 41 different protective compounds found within cinnamon to date.  I don’t know about you, but I prefer to choose to age gracefully.  (Cinnamon is the antioxidant bang for your buck)

In a 2015 comprehensive scientific data review, it was suggested that cinnamon might serve as an “alternative to synthetic antibiotics, especially for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.”

Furthermore, Cinnamaldehyde is also utilized as a natural fungicide applied in alternative agriculture because of its low toxicity levels compared to synthetic alternatives.

  •  Treats Certain Types of Cancer – Cinnamon’s antioxidant abilities may protect against DNA damage, cell mutation, and cancerous tumor growth through its cinnamaldehyde compound. This is especially true in the colon; studies show that cinnamon can improve the health of the colon, which could reduce the risk of colon cancer. Some recent studies have shown that cinnamon also contains anticarcinogenic effects and could treat certain types of cancer like melanoma, leukemia and some types of tumors.(10)
  • Acts as Anti-Inflammatory – Inflammation is a response of the human body to pain, though this kind of response is completely natural but the pain could be really hard to deal with and cinnamon contains properties that could ease up the pain.

1. The Anti-oxidants in cinnamon can help relieve inflammation, which may help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, cognitive decline and more. Many different types of flavonoids in cinnamon are highly effective at fighting dangerous inflammation levels throughout the body: lowering swelling helps with pain management, reducing muscle soreness(CAL), decreasing menstrual pain, etc.  Chronic inflammation plays a central role in some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Instead of taking a medication to reduce an inflamed area of the body, wouldn’t it be more fun to include anti-inflammatory foods and spices like cinnamon in our diet?

2. Coumarin is a natural plant substance and aromatic compound. Coumarin exhibits anti-inflammatory actions and also possess strong anticoagulant properties and are thus the bioactive constituents found in certain medical drugs such as “Warfarin” or “Coumadin” which are synthetically derived.

3. Coumarin is moderately toxic to the liver and kidneys, so even with consuming the true coumarin in cinnamon, you will want to use this spice in moderation. To stay within the safety zone of well below 6 grams (5 grams=1 tsp), taking a break after about 4 to 6 weeks.  Please keep reading for safe dosages of this wonderful spice stated below in a recipes.

For those of you sensitive to coumarin intake or the harsher more overpowering flavor of cassia cinnamon, Ceylon might provide a better alternative. (11)

NOTE: Inflammation is part of the body’s inherent immune response, and it isn’t always bad. When it’s acute and not dangerous, it’s the body’s natural defense against damaged cells, viruses, bacteria, etc. It aims to remove these harmful or foreign invaders and heal itself. Without inflammation, wounds would just fester and infections could be deadly.

NOTE:  Cinnamon is safe to consume during pregnancy if it is consumed in normal food amounts, say as flavoring or seasoning. It’s best to avoid the supplements and cinnamon-laden goodies. Cinnamon should be avoided by pregnant women because of its stimulating effects.  It could disrupt blood glucose levels which could cause complications during childbirth, especially C-Section.  It could increase your risk of bleeding, stimulating menstrual flow, which makes it an abortifacient agent causing miscarriages.  If you are on blood-thinning medication, be careful, especially during or after surgery.

  • Fights Infections and Viruses – Cinnamon is nature’s germ killer.  It is used in many cultures to naturally help fight harmful infections and viruses. It contains natural antimicrobial, antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral properties and its essential oils contain powerful immune-boosting compounds as well.
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders – Cassia cinnamon, which contains more cinnamaldehyde than the Ceylon variety, is “widely employed for gastrointestinal disorders such as dyspepsia, flatulence, diarrhea and vomiting.” dyspepsia, flatulence, diarrhea, and vomiting. It is relieving of abdominal pain and will dissolve mucus, clearing excess mucus from the body and helps resolve irritating coughs.
    1. Treats Diarrhea Effectively – Ceylon cinnamon contains antimicrobial agents that could kill all the bacteria and viruses that caused the conditions in the first place.
    2. Fights Nausea Naturally – Improves Metabolism Inside the Intestine – Cinnamon is relatively high in fiber and it is a perfect solution to improve metabolism inside the intestine and optimize the absorption of the nutrient.
    3. Natural Enemy to Salmonella – Got a problem with salmonella?  This bacteria sometimes is hard to avoid but the effect could be really painful that leads to food poisoning conditions. Well, consider it is lucky because cinnamon is a natural enemy to salmonella.
    4. Battles Stomach Flu – Stomach flu is well known as gastroenteritis medically which caused by bacteria or viruses and cinnamon could battle stomach flu with its antibacterial properties.
    5. Eases Up IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS occurs in the large intestine and the symptoms could be really painful. As anti-inflammatory cinnamon will ease up the pain and as anti-bacteria will remove the bacteria that cause the condition.
  • Using Cinnamon in Gardening – Cinnamon is one of the best-kept secrets of organic gardeners. Because of its antifungal properties, you can sprinkle it on the soil around your plants to discourage the growth of fungus, mildew, and mold while conveniently warding off annoying fungus gnats and other flying pests like mosquitoes. It can also be used to encourage a seedling’s growth by gently covering the roots with cinnamon, which will also help prevent root rot.  Ants hate walking over ground cinnamon, so simply sprinkle some wherever you don’t want ants to cross, such as outside your front door or windows.(12)(13)(14)
  • Prevents Candida(B6) – The powerful anti-fungal properties in cinnamon could be effective in treating and preventing Candida overgrowth in the digestive tract.
  • Benefits of Skin Health(B6) – Cinnamon’s antibiotic and antimicrobial properties can help protect skin from irritation, rashes, allergic reactions and infection. Using both honey, raw honey or Manuka honey, and cinnamon together can boost skin health even more and may be beneficial for acne, rosacea and skin allergies.
  • Optimizes Oral Hygiene – Cinnamon benefits oral hygiene and could protect against certain strains of bacteria that cause bad breath, tooth decay, cavities, and mouth infections.

3. Protects Heart Health(Vitamin K)

  • Lowers the Cholesterol Level – Cinnamon has been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels, high triglyceride levels, and high blood pressure to keep your heart healthy and strong.
  • Effective as Anti-coagulant – Cinnamon is a helpful blood coagulant and can stop excess bleeding by helping the body to form blood clots. Perhaps switching it to the natural solution by replacing it with Ceylon cinnamon is a good idea.  If you are currently taking anti-coagulant medication, you should discuss this with your doctor.
  • Promotes Healthy Blood Flow – Cinnamon promotes healthy blood flow means less pressure for your heart to work.  It improves tissue repair, especially helpful for regenerating heart tissue.  This means a lower risk of stroke and heart attack, stroke, and heart disease conditions.
  • Promotes Proper Blood Clotting – It is a common knowledge that cinnamon is a natural anticlotting tool, that’s why it promotes only proper blood clotting and reduces the risk of the accumulation of blood clot in the wrong places.

4.  Diabetic Friendly – cassia cinnamon which is not recommended for diabetic patients because it is higher in coumarin.

  • Stabilizes Blood Sugar – Cinnamon is well-known for its anti-diabetic effects, which is why it’s considered one of the best foods for diabetics. It can lower blood sugar levels and improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which helps transport sugar from the bloodstream to the tissues to keep blood sugar levels balanced.
Ceylon gets the green light for safety in blood sugar control.

Cinnamon for diabetes can help block the activity of several digestive enzymes to slow the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream after a high-carb meal. There’s a growing incidence of illnesses that, when traced back to the source, appear to be linked to nutrient malabsorption due to a lack of digestive enzymes. Digestion is a complex process that first begins when you chew food, which releases enzymes in your saliva.  So it is important to CHEW well to activate these enzymes in the fats, carbs or protein foods we eat.(B6)

  • Reduces the Insulin Resistance – Ceylon cinnamon works both sides, by normalizing the insulin level and at the same time is reducing the resistance.

According to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BFR), who currently set the strictest standards for the use of cassia cinnamon in food products, “Cinnamon capsules have been on the market for some time now as food supplements or as dietetic foods to reduce blood sugar in type 2 diabetes mellitus. The taking of these capsules in line with the indicated amounts leads to exposure (up to several grams cinnamon a day as continuous administration) which is far higher than the amounts of cinnamon normally consumed as a spice.”

  • Assists Glucose Metabolism in the Liver – Glucose metabolism is the key in all diabetic conditions, when its metabolism is disturbed, the spike of the blood sugar level is the direct effect of this condition. Cinnamon could be effective in reducing complications, morbidity, and mortality in metabolic syndrome, including reducing blood pressure, plasma glucose, obesity, and dyslipidemia.  But more studies are needed for a true conclusion on this matter.

5. Preserves Brain Function(manganese) – Because cinnamon is rich in antioxidants, research shows that it may boost brain function and can help defend and protect against the development of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Cinnamon is metabolized into sodium benzoate. Eating cinnamon significantly elevates the level of sodium benzoate in your brain.

Cinnamon may be fragrant medicine for the brain.  Simply smelling cinnamon is enough to wake you up and improve your cognitive function. This means that things like focus, memory, and concentration will come easier to you. If you find that you feel anxious when you need to take a test or go to a big meeting, cinnamon can help you to calm down and find your focus. (15) 

6. Acts as a Natural Preservative – For centuries humankind has been using preservatives to extend the shelf life of various foods, making them last longer and keeping their color, taste, and nutrients intact.  Today, processed foods come with a lot of artificial preservatives, but there are several natural preservatives that you can use to preserve food as well.

I have heard of salt, sugar, lemon (citric acid), vinegar, but it is a first for me to learn about cinnamon as a preservative.  it does not protect food from all bacteria and microbes from decay.  It is more organism-specific. Cinnamon kills a wide variety of micro-organisms. Cinnamon is lethal to Escherichia Coli 0157 H7 causing outbreaks of food poisoning.  Cinnamon inhibits the growth of certain bacteria, including Listeria and Salmonella.  Cinnamon oil in the range of 50 to 500 ppm showed activity against certain fungi such as Colletotrichum coccodes, Rhizophas, Stolonifer Botrytis cinerea, Cladosporium herbarum, Aspargillus niger (common fungus). (16)

A recent study reported that when pectin from fruit was coated with cinnamon leaf extract, it yielded high antioxidant and antibacterial activities and stayed fresh for longer. Cinnamon also possesses antityrosinase activities, which can be useful in stopping the discoloration of fruits and vegetables as they oxidize and begin to rot.

7. Pain Killer (Cinnamon vs Ibuprofen) – In a Randomized Double-Blind Clinical Trial, a clinical trial that is conducted that neither the patients nor the researchers know who is getting a placebo and who is getting the treatment, that was given found that it actually reduced the severity of menstrual bleeding in women, making it a win-win as far as difficult or inconvenient menstruation symptoms go. A reason for its effectiveness is that the cellulose matrix of tree bark acts as a sustained-release medicine. Yes, cinnamon for menstrual pain beats ibuprofen.

Why is cinnamon superior to ibuprofen? Considering the well-known dangers of ibuprofen, which is estimated to kill several thousand a year from its cardiovascular side effects alone, cinnamon’s potential role as a natural alternative to this drug is highly promising. Ibuprofen is a petrochemical-derivative and has been linked to a significantly increased risk of heart attack with over two dozen serious adverse health effects of an inflamed Default Bodily State.  Some are listed below. It is estimated that a thousand people every year die from cardiovascular side effects that were caused by Ibuprofen.  It is known to have both blood pressure-lowering and blood sugar lowering properties, both of which may confer protection against cardiovascular disease. (17)(18)

    1. Anemia   2. DNA Damage   3. Hearing Loss   4. Hypertension   5.  Influenza Mortality   6.  Miscarriage

8.  Infection and Diabetes-Fighting Properties

Cinnamon’s medicinal potential is as rich and complex as its flavor and aroma. 

Anecdotal evidence going back generations suggest that gargling with a cinnamon mouthwash can alleviate the pain of mouth ulcers and clear throat infections. Millions of people drink cinnamon and honey tea regularly as part of their general health routine.  Honey mixed with cinnamon can help relieve a sore throat or fight off infection, few realize it has been confirmed to have extensive anti-infective properties against a wide range of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.  Find a recipe below.

Cinnamon has an impressive range of pathogens that appear to resist the following: (19)

  •         Aspergillus niger – fungus
  •         Campylobacter Infections – causes abortions and poisoning
  •         Candida Infection – fungus
  •         Coronaviridae (SARS-associated) Infections – viruses
  •         Escherichia coli Infections – bacteria
  •         H1N1 Infection
  •         Head Lice
  •         HIV Infections
  •         Insect Bites: Repellent
  •         Klebsiella Infections – a bacterium that causes respiratory, urinary, and wound infections.
  •         Legionnaires’ disease – a form of atypical pneumonia caused by any type of bacteria producing signs and   symptoms that include cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle pains, and headaches
  •         MRSA
  •         Pseudomonas aeruginosa – infection
  •         Staphylococcal Infections

RECIPE


Cinnamon is a natural herbal stimulant. A cup of cinnamon tea can be a nice mid-day “pick-me-up” for preventing fatigue, boosting the mood and increasing mental alertness. Cinnamon’s warming qualities are complimented when consumed as a tea, this attribute is known to coat and soothe the throat as well as help expectorate any thick mucus that may adhere to bronchial passages.
The ultimate cinnamon stick tea is made with Ceylon Cinnamon which is mild yet has an amazing flavor and taste profile when brewed properly. Using cinnamon as a tea or spice seasoning can be helpful for stimulating the appetite, increasing hydrochloric stomach acid (HCL) known as digestive fire, alleviating indigestion as well as PMS, bloating and flatulence.  Using Ceylon Cinnamon as it has ultra lower coumarin levels.  It does not damage the liver like Cassai Cinnamon does
1 1/2 cup
1 Ceylon Cinnamon Stick
Add a cinnamon stick to water and bring the water to a boil on medium-low heat for 15 – 20 minutes.  Let cool for 15 minutes.  Add raw honey or Manuka for a powerful healing combination.

How much of cinnamon is it safe to take?

  • Ceylon cinnamon bark oil – 1-3 drops per day in 8 oz hot water, ginger, or black tea.
     Black Tea – 1-2 tea bags per day
     (Go slowly. Start with one drop. Take too much and drop your blood sugar levels too low)
  • Take one 3 inch stick 3 times a day Do not take straight powder because it is corrosive on the stomach.  Take 1.2 tsp. powder with food.
  • Take cinnamon only for 5 days and take a rest for 2 days
     (This prevents body heat and toxicity build-up. Yes, too much of a good thing can be bad for you if taken in access.)
Are you allergic to Cinnamon?  Several spices share a similar flavor profile to cinnamon are Allspice, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and Cardamon.

Conclusion:

In the end and for all their differences, Ceylon and Cassia are actually pretty similar. They both have potent pharmacological benefits. There are valid concerns with the amount of coumarin in Cassia, making daily usage of therapeutic doses questionable.  Be safe, be sweet, and have fun spicing up your life using this amazing spice!
I am curious about how you use cinnamon.  What is your favorite way to use it?

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Tumeric / Curcumin

Turmeric [TER-muh-rihk] is a tropical plant.  It is a tropical plant that has been given a variety of titles because of its powerful benefits to us.  Here are some of those titles:

“The Golden Spice of Life” because Turmeric is one of the most powerful herbs out there.

“The Magic Bullet” Tumeric is as close to the ‘magic bullet’ in foods and herbs responsible for reproducing the whole plant’s healing power as one may get.  It may be one of the most studied spices to date with 12,000 peer-reviewed published Studies with over 800 potential preventive and Therapeutic applications, as well as 250 distinct beneficial physiological effects.  

“The Wonder herb” – because of its long list of health benefits.  For over 5,000 years, turmeric has been used throughout India and Asia for culinary purposes and perfume. Historically, both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine have celebrated the healing benefits of turmeric, also.  

“The Most Powerful Medicine”Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties that has proven to be a medicinal staple that has stood the test of time.

A powerful flavonoid in Turmeric is Curcumin.   Curcumin is the most prominent constituent in Turrmeric and is the primary polyphenol.  It is a revered king of anti-inflammatories.

CURCUMIN – carries all the anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant qualities that are needed by the body to sustain overall health.  Curcumin affects your fat-metabolizing hormone, adiponectin (which is a hormone released by adipocytes or fat cells fat cells. It helps regulate tissue inflammation and responsiveness to insulin Insulin is made by beta cells of the pancreas.)  This connection helps your body utilize fat for fuel.  Low Adiponectin levels are highly linked with insulin resistance and diabetes.  It delivers the following benefits: This connection helps your body utilize fat for fuel. 

Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs.

Why is turmeric getting undivided scientific attention?

Turmeric roots

The density of research performed on this remarkable spice suggests that it compares favorably with a variety of conventional medications in use.

Furthermore, according to the Journal of the American Chemical Society, turmeric contains a wide range of powerful anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, pain reducer, anti-oxidant, cleanser/detoxifier, anti fungal, and an anti-Inflammatory agent that helps support the body’s natural response to inflammation.

TURMERIC IS AN INCREDIBLY POWERFUL ANTI-OXIDANT

Oxidation is a natural occurrence where our bodies age.  Just like bananas, apples, and avocados that brown while they are exposed to the air, our bodies experience the same type of browning through sun, air, sugar, processed foods, and toxic chemicals.  Turmeric has a potent antioxidant properties helping prevent oxidative stress.

Calms Brain Inflammation – With over 2000 study abstracts on turmeric’s healing properties indexed thus far, research shows of it’s Brain-Saving power.  Let’s take a look.  Curcumin’s polyphenol reduces inflammation and keeps the left and right hemispheres in sync leading to higher cognitive functioning, the ultimate higher thinking!  Lipophilic function where it crosses the blood brain barrier to enhance our cognitive function. and help us to stay active and mobile.  In New research published in Stem Cell Research and Therapy, says Turmeric may boost your brain proliferation or its power to repair itself. A study published in paid 2009 journal, vitamin D 3 improved the efficiency of Curcumin clearing out amyloid-beta plaque.  Supports brain function and cognition as you age and is associated with preventing Alzheimer’s. Your brain is the fattest organ in your body and may consist of at least 60 percent fat.  In other words, it improves metabolism and fat utilization.  No wonder it is good for your brain, having properties for good fat-metabolizing.

Blood Purifier – It is known for blood purification or opening up three body meridians (liver, lungs, and heart).  Cleans Arteries to Lower Cholesterol Levels.

Immune Booster – lipopolysaccharide in Turmeric helps stimulate the body’s immune system.

Psoriesis (skin conditions) – The wound healing properties of turmeric heal the rashes, blood spots, and scaly skin allergies caused due to psoriasis.  Sprinkle Turmeric on cuts or burns to speed up the healing process.

How to use Aloe Vera and Turmeric:

  1. Take a cup of turmeric powder and a fresh Aloe Vera leaf or (For Smaller dose – 1Tbsp Turmeric & 2 Tbsp Aloe Vera)
  2. Cut and open the Aloe Vera leaf and take the gel outside with the help of a spoon
  3. Add the Aloe Vera gel to the cup containing turmeric powder
  4. Make it as a thick paste and apply it on the affected area
  5. Massage in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes
  6. Wash it off with cool water after 15-20 minutes
  7. Do this on a daily basis on the affected skin regions

CAUTIONS:

Boil the water to apply on your skin or psoriasis affected regions and be precautious with the temperature.

Large amounts of turmeric consumption might lower the testosterone levels in male and can decrease the sperm movement if consumed orally. Hence, the turmeric must be used in with caution in people who try to have a baby.

How much is enough?  For a healthy inflammatory response, you need about 500 – 1,000 mg of curcumin per day for an “effective dose”.

Arthritis comes from the Greek word arthron, which means joint, and the Latin word itis, which mean inflammation. Therefore, arthritis literally means “inflammation of the joint”.  Over 250 million are affected by Arthritis worldwide. Turmeric is helpful in reducing pain for both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Scientists have discovered that turmeric can reduce inflammation similar to multiple blockbuster prescription drugs.

Manages/Controls Diabetes – helping maintain blood sugar balance, it helps you utilize carbs in the body, which makes it 500-100,000 times more potent than, and diabetes medications. It is associated with preventing diabetes.

Spectacular Support for the Liver – Turmeric has strong hepatic properties, acting to support the normal functioning of the liver in multiple ways. Studies show that it may also be effective in the prevention and treatment of liver damage and cirrhosis.  Furthermore, turmeric can also aid in treating people with hepatitis, and jaundice as it is said it can shrink inflamed hepatic ducts.

Cleans Arteries to Lower Cholesterol Levels – If you have plaque in your arteries, the curcuminoids in turmeric have proven to be effective in lowering both cholesterol and blood pressure.  For this reason, it lowers the chances of blood clotting, keeping your blood vessels safe and lowering the risk of developing heart disease as well.  Turmeric also is believed to invigorate and improve blood circulation.

Aids in Weight Management – Turmeric in the diet increases the production of enzymes that digest fats (because of its cholagogue properties, which is responsible in increasing our liver’s bile production and promotes bile excretion through the gallbladder.) and sugars, and stop cholesterol from forming gallstones. 

Healthier Digestive System – Curcumin in Turmeric brings down the swelling in the Gut.  

  • Adding turmeric to your diet can calm the swelling associated with many symptoms, particularly dairy intolerance and a leaky gut.  
  • People with colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diarrhea could surely benefit from using turmeric.
  • This herb could help in improving intestinal flora or as a follow-up supplement when you have undergone an antibiotic treatment.
  • If you often experience menstrual and digestive cramps. As it contains antispasmodic agents, this herb can soothe contracted muscles that cause cramps.  Try taking it 2x a day, two days before your expected monthly period.

Prevents Cancers  – Turmeric can prevent cancerous tumors from forming and if they are already in the body.  The powerful herb can help eliminate it.  It helps fight cancer cells and prevents them from metastasizing. It reduces carcinogenic heterocyclic amines that are formed when meat is cooked by up to 40 percent.  It is one of the best protectors against radiation-induced tumors. It also has a preventive effect against tumor cells such as T-cell leukemia, colon carcinomas and breast carcinomas.

How much is enough?  For a healthy inflammatory response, you need about 500 – 1,000 mg of curcumin per day for an “effective dose”.

  • Eating lots of Indian, Thai, and Indonesian foods will help you get plenty.
  • Turmeric has a gorgeous, deep orange/yellow color and adds a much needed “warmth” to many boring soups and other dishes.  It is extremely easy to incorporate into your diet.
  • Supplementing turmeric into your diet is an effective way to prevent future problems and mend the above already existing dilemmas.
  • You can add turmeric in powder form to curries, stir fried dishes, smoothies, warm milk and even to spicy salad dressings.

Golden Milk/Latte (Turmeric Tea Latte – click to watch video)

  1. 1/2 c. Water
  2. 1/4 c. Turmeric
  3. Cook about 7 minutes.
  4. Add water if it gets thick.
  5. 2 c. Coconut Milk
  6. 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp. Coconut Oil
  8. 1 tsp – 1 Tbsp. Turmeric Paste
  9. 1 tsp. Chopped Ginger
  10. 4-6 Black Peppercorns or *White Pepper 
  11. 1 Pinch Stevia

Optimizing Turmeric (Curcumin) Absorption:  *White Pepper Boosts Curcumin Absorption, by 30-200% and sometimes higher, because it contains 4.8% to 10.0% that is fermented piperine compared to its counterpart Black pepper @ 4.6% to 9.7% piperine-not fermented.  In terms of antioxidants, white pepper demonstrates about 20% higher activity. Its ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) units, a unit of measurement for antioxidant content) is 40,700 versus 34,000 for black pepper.


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Purple – Royal Nutrition

The Royalty of Purple

Purple was called a “royal color” because it was very rare in nature and expensive to make.

The color dates back to the ancient world of kings and queens.  The Persian King Cyrus adopted a purple tunic as his royal uniform, and some Roman emperors forbid their citizens from wearing purple clothing under penalty of death.

The reason for purple’s regal reputation comes down to a simple case of supply and demand. For centuries, the purple dye trade was centered in the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre in modern-day Lebanon. The Phoenicians’ “Tyrian purple” came from a species of sea snail now known as Bolinus brandaris, and it was so exceedingly rare that it became worth its weight in gold. To harvest it, dye-makers had to crack open the snail’s shell, extract a purple-producing mucus and expose it to sunlight for a precise amount of time. It took as many as 250,000 mollusks to yield just one ounce of usable dye, but the result was a vibrant and long-lasting shade of purple.

Clothes made from the dye were exorbitantly expensive—a pound of purple wool cost more than most people earned in a year—so they naturally became the calling card of the rich and powerful.

“Purple is . . . the most powerful wavelength of the rainbow – and it’s a color with a powerful history . . . purple symbolizes luxury, romancemystery, spirituality, the sub-conscious, creativity, dignity, royalty – and it captures all of these meanings more so than any other color.” (ColorMatters.com)

Long associated with royalty, purple creates an air of luxury, even decadence. Using a purple dominantly is a quick way to create a sense of elegance or high-end appeal.

Lighter shades of purple – especially lavender – bring to mind spring and romance. Darker shades add more mystery, and can even symbolise creativity. Darkening the shade will also turn the romantic elements more sensual.

Purple fits in the realm of food in its “royalty” regarding nutrition.

Purple is the new trend in food.  Why?

The Pantone predicted purple foods to trend in 2017.  Throughout 2017, purple foods seemed to come out of hiding and showing up everywhere.  Chef’s menus elaborated on these richly trend setting recipes colored purple foods which include:  Berry & Beet Smoothie, Roasted Baby Purple Cauliflower, Roasted Beets, Baked Purple Sweet Potato, Purple Cabbage, Eggplant parmesan. Other foods including Blackberries, Purple Asparagus, Elderberries, Acai, Purple Carrots,  Pomegranate, Purple sweet potatoes, Concord Grapes, Blueberries, Darker Skinned grapes, Plum’s, Purple Corn, Black rice (has more anthocyanins per gram than blueberries).

The Pantone Color Institute, the global authority on color trends, has chosen Ultra Violet as the color of 2018.  For a second year in a row, purple is at the top of food trends.

What is so special about purple food?

In a nut shell, the color purple is a protector of the outer nervous system of brain, eyes, and skin, and inner nervous system how of our digestive system.  This vibrant color often indicates nutrient density and antioxidants.

Purple Foods are “superheroes” of nutrition

Purple foods harbor some of the most royally amazing nutritional benefits possible fit for a king, but are there for each one of us. Imagine a drug that could fight cancer, reduce cholesterol, improve blood sugar and protect against cellular damage that was also safe, without side effects and taste great!

A government report sharing how “nearly 90 percent of Americans don’t eat enough produce from this color family [purple], which is linked to a slew of health benefits, from protecting memory, slowing the aging process and safeguarding your heart, to warding off Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.” This article was written by a registered dietitian with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health.

1. Purple foods kill cancer

2. Purple foods are ulcer-fighters

3. Purple foods are good for your liver

4. Purple foods are good for the heart

5. Purple foods prevent urinary tract infections

Many purple foods contain anthocyanidins and anthocyanins:

Anthocyanins are colored water-soluble pigments belonging to the phenolic group. The pigments are in glycosylated forms.   Glycans serve a variety of structural and functional roles in membrane and secreted proteins. It is the enzymatic process that attaches glycans to proteins, lipids, or other organic molecules. Anthocyanins are responsible for the colors, red, purple, and blue, are in fruits and vegetables.  Anthocyanins are particularly found in fruits such as grapes, purple grapes, black berries, strawberries, raspberries and some tropical fruits.  They are powerful antioxidants that also possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anticancer properties. In acidic condition, anthocyanins appear as red but turn blue when the pH increases.  Anthocyanins are water-soluble pigment in the Plant Kingdom that, depending on their pH, may appear red, purple, or blue.  An anthocyanidin is a steroid molecule.  Vacuolar is a small cavity or space in tissue.

Anthocyanins possess the following health benefits:

  • antidiabetic
  • anticancer
  • anti-inflammatory – inflammation is at the root of all major diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and immune dysfunction.
  • antimicrobial
  • anti-obesity effects
  • prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Anthocyanins have been credited with capacity to modulate cognitive and motor function, to enhance memory, and to have a role in preventing age-related declines in neural function.

Anthocyanins have demonstrated marked ability to reduce cancer cell proliferation and to inhibit tumor formation.

Human clinical trials, show that anthocyanidins and anthocyanins possess antioxidative and antimicrobial activities, improve visual and neurological health, and protect against various non-communicable diseases.

  • Purple is associated with calm and relaxing.
  • Purple has the property to restore capillaries.
  • Purple has antibacterial properties to help treat UTI’s.
  • Purple helps with eye strain and prevent deterioration of other eye health issues such as conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma,

Resveratrol

Harvard University scientist and professor David Sinclair is an Australian biologist and Professor of Genetics best known for his research on the biology of lifespan extension and driving research towards treating diseases of aging. A resveratrol formulation that Sinclair became known for making, states resveratrol like: “(It’s) as close to a miraculous molecule as you can find…. One hundred years from now, people will maybe be taking these molecules on a daily basis to prevent heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

  • Resveratrol is typically known as an antioxidant, an anti-cancer agent, and a phytoestrogen.  It is Anti-aging & Anti-cancer effects, Neuroprotective, contributes to heart health, Helps Protect the Brain and Cognitive/Mental Health.
  • Resveratrol is shown to have cancer chemopreventive activity in assays representing three major stages of carcinogenesis.
  • Resveratrol was found to act as an antioxidant and antimutagen
  • Resveratrol helps relax the arterial walls, decreases the pressure in the arteries and allows better circulation.
  • Resveratrol responds to injury or, when the plant is under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi.  It helps relax the arterial walls, decrease arterial pressure and promote healthful blood circulation. It has been shown to prevent cancer, lessen inflammation, improve blood sugar control, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.

Betalains

Like anthocyanins, betalains have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Eating more purple food is really critical when it comes to fighting the age process, preventing diseases such as cancer, and also helping to fight inflammation.  It helps relax the arterial walls, decreases arterial pressure and promotes healthful blood circulation. It has been shown to prevent cancer, lessen inflammation, improve blood sugar control, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels and boosts immunity in healthy middle-aged adults.  Cholesterol levels significantly dropped and the walls of their blood vessels relaxed, to improve circulation and blood flow and reduce stress on the heart. Decreases oxidative stress.

No wonder they are at the top of the list of foods to be consumed for the second year in a row.

https://www.theholisticingredient.com/blogs/wholesome-food/10369150-berry-delicious-ice-cream-with-macadamia-crunchIt helps to have a high-powered blender to make this ‘ice cream’, you will simply need a little more patience without, that’s all. If you are without maqui berry, never fear, it’ll be very scrumptious with blueberries alone.  * Maqui berry can be purchased online or via many health food stores.  Recipe by The Holistic Ingredient.

2 bananas, frozen
1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
1/4 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
1 heaped tablespoon maqui berry *


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Power & Passion


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RED

The color red is a powerful color.  Red is a color of extremes.  It is the color of love and hate.  We blush with embarrassment or get red in the face from increased blood flow when we are angry.  Red is primarily associated with blood. Red is the color of our blood and a vivid reminder of life and death.   It is the universal color for danger.    Red is energizing.  It excites the emotions and motivates us to take action. It stimulates the deeper passions within us, such as sex, love, courage, hatred, or revenge.  Can’t you just see the color red in these emotions?  What is the first thing that comes to your mind with the color red?

Our society reflects how the color red stimulates us psychologically.

  • Dominance – athletes wearing a red in combat sports had a bigger chance of winning. Red makes the person feel more aggressive and more powerful, boosting testosterone, but it also changes the perception others have.
  • Danger – Red captures attention. It is one of the most visible colors, second only to yellow – which explains why it is used on fire engines and stop signs to trigger alertness.  No wonder it’s so often used in warning signs.  Red has to do with the body’s fight-or-flight response, so too much red leaves the person feeling not just alert, but also stressed out.
  • Stimulates In light therapy treatment as a holistic or alternative treatment, red is used to stimulate the body and mind.  Wearing red can even change your physiology and balance of hormones.
  • Passion/Love – People wearing red are consistently rated as more attractive by others.  Red is often used to express love, as in Valentine’s Day.  The color red can stimulate the appetite, often being used in restaurants for this purpose. It also increases craving for food and other stimuli.  If you notice this about you, let me know?  Passion, is in all of us!  How do you express yours?
  • Life – Leviticus 17:14 says, For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof:

serveimage-6Things that effect us psychologically are expressed physiologically and visa versa.  Two emotion theories integrate the physiological component: the James-Lange theory of emotion holds that we perceive a stimulus, our body responds, and we interpret the body’s reaction as emotion.  The Cannon-Bard theory suggests that we experience an emotion and bodily changes simultaneously. The amygdala is a part of the brain that controls our experience of fear receives danger information and sends out instructions to prepare the body. The amygdala is involved in memory and it is believed to be an important brain structure in explaining the long-term effects of extreme fear experiences.  The left hemisphere is associated with emotions such as happiness, while the right hemisphere is more linked to emotions such as disgust.  Red relates respectively to the body, the mind, the emotions and the essential balance between these three.

There are a variety of red hues in foods under the chemical pigments Lycopene, Betanin, Anthocyanins that work to benefit us on a physiological level.  

  • Red stimulates the body and mind and to increase circulation. It energizes heart and blood circulation, it builds up the blood and heightens a low blood pressure. Energizes all organs and the senses hearing, smell, taste, vision and touch.
  • Red reduces the risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness for older folks.
  • Red foods help you to shed weight and are active in drawing toxins from the cells. If you are subject to frequent colds and flu or you feel tired and depleted, they will boost your resilience greater protection against heart disease.
  • Vitamin C is found in red foods

One of the red colors in plants is a pigment called Lycopene.  Lycopene is one of over 600 known carotenoids – a color pigment), resized_300x225_lycopene2the color red, is a powerful antioxidant, which means that, among nutrients, it has a greater-than-average ability to “quench” the fiery darts of free radicals that cause damage to cells.

  1. It has been associated with a reduced risk of some cancers, especially prostate cancer, and protection against heart attacks. Look for tomato-based products for the most concentrated source of this phytochemical.
  2. Red fruits and vegetables are also sources of flavonoids, which reduce inflammation and have antioxidant properties.
  3. Antioxidants prevent cancer.  Antioxidants can be vitamins, minerals, or other phytochemicals (plant chemicals). Antioxidants help keep you young and prevent disease.  Antioxidants always work better in combinations.
  4. Lycopene is a fat-soluble carotenoid color, therefore it needs a type of fatty food to eat along with it.  Intake of fat along with carotenoids greatly helps to improve their absorption.  Lycopene is more easily absorbed by the body when heated. Lycopene has the highest capacity to help fight oxygen free radicals. Lycopene does not convert to vitamins A in the body but it is more available to act as a potent antioxidant.
    • Lycopene is more easily absorbed by the body when heated. It is tightly bound up in sound walls and fibers
    • Lycopene has the highest capacity to help fight oxygen free radicals.
    • Lycopene does not convert to vitamins A in the body but it is more available to act as a potent antioxidant.
    • It tends to collect in certain organs of the body: stomach, pancreas, esophagus,: mouth, breast, cervic, lungs, prostate.
    • It has been observed to reduce levels of cancers in these parts of the body.

The terms oxidative stress and free radicals are terms that describe the total burden placed on our bodies from our environment from toxins in air, food, and water.  Substances in our diets (such as vitamin C and vitamin E) can “quench”these flaming darts so that we can cope with the oxidative stress over time.  They help provide longevity.

Betacyanins exist as betanidin, betanin, amaranthin, isobetanin, isobetanidin and iso-amarathin depending upon substituents, position in a molecule chemical compound.

Betanin absorbs well from the gut and acts as an antioxidant. Betanin is usually obtained from the extract of beet juice.  The color of betanin depends on pH; between four and five on the pH scale it is bright bluish-red, becoming blueviolet as the pH increases. Once the pH reaches alkaline levels betanin degrades by hydrolysis, the chemical breakdown of a compound due to reaction with water, resulting in a yellow-brown color. Betanin has nearly no potential as an allergen.  Betalains are water-soluble phytochemicals (plant chemicals) synthesized from amino acid tyrosine.

Betalains  are classified into 2 groups:

1. Betacyanins (RedPinkPurpleViolet)

2. Betaxanthins (Yellow – Orange)

Other dietary sources of betanin and other betalains include the opuntia cactus (round flat cactus), Swiss chard, and the leaves of some strains of amaranth.

Anthocyanidin comes from two Greek words which mean “blue flower”.  In fact, they can be purple (e.g. concord grapes), or even blue (e.g. blueberries). The differences in color are caused by differences in the pH (that is, the acidity/alkalinity) of the plant tissues. But, Anthocyanidin contains two main sugars that produce the red color found in strawberries called pelargonin and cyanidin.  Red is quite acidic.  Since strawberries are somewhat acidic, their anthocyanins, pelargonin and cyanidin reflect red light (the acid in strawberries, at a pH below 3, gives them their sourness), whereas the more alkaline fruit of blueberries causes their anthocyanins to reflect blue light (the alkalinity of a blueberry’s skin, pH higher than 11, is what makes it slightly bitter-tasting). Anthocyanins are also a good source of tannins, which prevent bacteria from attaching to cells,” says Kasik-Miller of more reasons to relish red.  Tannins are astringent or boldly bitter in flavor. Their main characteristic is that they bind and precipitate proteins. They can have a large influence on the nutritive value of many foods

Here is a small list of Red Food Sources and their health benefits from the red in them:  (please be sure to complete the poll at the end)

  1. serveimage-7Cherries fight inflammation
  2. serveimage-8Pomegranates help to reduce the buildup of plaque in arteries and lower blood pressure
  3. serveimage-9Beets for 19% of the growth of healthy new cells
  4. serveimage-10Red chiles an antioxidant in chiles protect blood vessels and  increases the body’s metabolic rate and may stimulate brain chemicals that help us feel less hungry
  5. serveimage-11Red peppers – fight bacteria
  6. serveimage-12Tomatoes rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that fights skin aging and may be beneficial against cancer and heart disease.
  7. serveimage-13Watermelon An enzyme called nitric oxide synthase (NOS) is a muscle relaxant. For example, when nitric oxide (NO) tells the smooth muscles around our blood vessels to relax, the space inside our blood vessels can expand, allowing blood to flow more freely and creating a drop in blood pressure
  8. serveimage-14Apples – combat free-radical damage to artery walls
  9. serveimage-15Cranberries have anthocyanins, not lycopene – prevent yeast infections in some women.
  10. serveimage-16Kidney beans – combat free-radical damage to artery walls
  11. serveimage-17Strawberries – reduce the risk of cancer, antioxidants in strawberry may also help to retard aging of the brain, and is an effective dental cleaner
  12. serveimage-18Red raspberries – protect against heart disease and age-related mental decline. Eating red raspberries may prevent cancer by inhibiting the abnormal division of cells and promoting the normal death of healthy cells.
  13. serveimage-19Guava – lycopene found in pink-fleshed guavas may further reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and protective effect against exercise-induced asthma
  14. Pink and serveimage-20Ruby Red Grapefruit – responsible for disease and age-related cell damage.
  15. serveimage-21Red grapes – resveratrol results in a dramatic reduction in heart-attack risk factors.

Have you noticed the most the red foods deal with the blood.  Life is in the blood.  Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood:…”

How much life in these red hued fruits and vegetables is a part of your diet?

Putting it all together:  The color red is the color of energy, passion, and action.  Red is a warm and positive color associated with our will to survive.  It also stands to reason that since red is primarily associated with blood that it would be closely linked with our most physical need for heart protection, to cardiovascular health, and to protecting us on the deepest cellular levels.  Red is life or death.  Which will you choose?  Life is truly in the blood.

the_blood_of_jesusOn a Spiritual note:  Red is known as the color of passion and action.  The creator of red displayed the ultimate passion and action through His love on the cross.  His cleansing blood was given for all mankind once and for all.  Romans 5:9 shares “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”  If you have not already given your life to Him, it is not too late.  Will you let Jesus stimulate your heart into action by trusting him with it and live with him throughout eternity?  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only b
egotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

Make it your mission in life to not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Remember you cannot do this with Jesus the true life-giver.  John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:…” 

Sources:

  1. http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/110308p34.shtml
  2. http://www.antioxidants-for-health-and-longevity.com/benefits-of-vitamin-e.html
  3. http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2011/02/10/eating-by-color-red/
  4. http://www.healwithfood.org/health-benefits/guava-fruit-superfood.php
  5. http://highered.mheducation.com/sites/0072937769/student_view0/chapter11/index.html
  6. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/02/24/are-you-or-your-family-eating-toxic-food-dyes.aspx

Broccoli

November, 2014, LWC DeRoos Drumbeat

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One of the good mood foods is broccoli which has stress-relieving vitamin B6. It also contains folic acid which is important in fighting depression.  These little trees also have 2 days’ worth of vitamins C and K in each serving.

1. Cancer prevention: Broccoli has cancer fighting, immune boosting properties. A combination of anti-flammatory, antioxidant and detoxification properties, work together in cancer prevention.  Research is strongest showing a decrease in prostate cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer and ovarian cancer.

2. Cholesterol reduction: Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body.

3. Reducing allergic reaction and inflammation: Known to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body.  Broccoli has a phytonutrient (flavonol) called Kaempferol, helps lessen allergy-related substances. Broccoli has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well known as an anti-inflammatory.

4. Powerful antioxidant: Of all the cruciferous (cross bearing) vegetables, flowering vegetables with four equal petals arranged crosswise, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids (colorful pigment chemicals) necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively.

5. Bone health: Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.

6.  Heart health: The anti-inflammatory properties may be able to prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems.

7. Diet aid: Broccoli is a good carb and is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating.

8. Detoxification means cleaning the blood.  Thorough chewing of raw Broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables increases metabolism, protects against oxidative stress, neuroinflmmation, and cell death, which may benefit neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s Disease.  Isothiocyanates helps to enhance the removal of dangerous toxins that threaten our cells.

Extra information:  The compounds glucosinolate (secondary metabolites necessary for metabolism) contact with plant myrosinase (an enzyme) and increases the amount of isothiocyanates (compounds against oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and cell death) when absorbed.

9. Alkalizing– a healthy alkaline balance where our bodies internal fluids affect every cell in our bodies.  Germs are less likely to get a foothold and cause problems with yeast, fungus, and molds.

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.