That’s right! The spice that makes cinnamon rolls exquisite and oatmeal cookies rock can also help lower your high cholesterol – without the pastries of course! Cinnamon is a natural antioxidant, an antimicrobial, and has been used from everything from colds to protecting against heart disease. But research has shown its true hidden powers.
I was watching the local news when they featured a study suggesting that The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has shown that turmeric and black pepper help prevent breast cancer by limiting the growth of stem cells and potential tumors. I wondered if Ayurveda, the system of medicine native to India, prescribes a specific diet for breast cancer prevention.
I’m actually going to tell you something strange and awesome: what you eat can actually help you keep cool in the hottest months. Ayurvedic and Chinese doctors have been prescribing cooling foods for thousands of years; why not give it a try?
Today, antibiotics are prescribed for all infections indiscriminately and as a result of this, there is increased microbial resistance, the evolution of super-bugs like the MRSA’s, the ESBL organisms, the resurgence of fatal viral infection and fungal diseases, and a population that is grossly immunologically compromised. So, we’d like to recommend some natural alternatives to antibiotics.
One taste of turmeric and you’ll know why this vivacious root vegetable has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to cleanse the liver, reduce arthritic inflammation, and improve energy levels. This powerful plant is a close cousin of ginger and has the same kind of super-concentrated flavor.
I’m always surprised when I find that a common ingredient I keep around the house anyway has an undercover health benefit. In our spice racks, we have many potent flavoring agents – sweet, salty, and bitter – but only one of them, Cinnamon, has been in the news lately as a natural preventative agent against high blood sugar and cholesterol.
One of clove’s most useful attributes is the fact that it’s a germicide – this means it is great for dental care. Although I’m not saying that eating a spicy, clove-filled brunsli cookie or a sugary piece of gingerbread is the same as brushing your teeth, clove, in its pure oil form, can be successfully incorporated into an herbal dental care routine because of its many benefits.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a plant from the ginger family and is native to tropical South Asia. Turmeric is a potent natural treatment long used in Asian healing traditions as an anti-inflammatory medicine and also fights cancer, improves liver conditions, lowers blood cholesterol and may help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.