The three “c” spices – cardamon, cinnamon, clove – are 3 of fall’s comfiest spices! Added to foods and drinks from coffee and tea drinks to soups, main courses, and desserts, these spices do spice up the taste buds…and the body! Young Chiropractic presents some Easley healthy pointers about these three “anti” (anti-diseases’, that is!) spices as the seasons change around the world.
ANTI-LOTS OF DISEASES! Clove
A review of 24 tropical spices and herbs with cardamom and clove listed with them reported on the nutritional value, health advantages, and phytochemical properties of them consisting of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-obesity, anti-diabetic, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and nervous system activities. (1) In a recent study about the anti-cancer effect of spices in the Mediterranean diet, researchers listed clove as one of the chemo-therapeutic and chemo-preventive spices along with ginger, black cumin, rosemary, pepper, and turmeric. (2) Further, to see if clove oil could avert chronic conditions like obesity, researchers tested rats and found that eugenol, the main compound in clove oil averted the high-fat-diet rats’ tendency to gain weight and be obese by controlling the imbalance of microbiota of the gut. (3) Young Chiropractic appreciates the various benefits of clove for some of our Easley chiropractic patients.
ANTI-GLUCOSE: Cinnamon and Cardamom
Various kinds of cinnamon have been touted for their ability to normalize and/or improve glucose levels in diabetes. Just how it is able to do this has been discussed from many different angles: by increasing the insulin sensitivity of receptor signaling pathways, decreasing inflammation, impeding glucose absorption, improving glucose uptake by glucose transported proteins, and more. It has been demonstrated to be extremely safe, too, which lead researchers to endorse its being talked about as part of diabetes management with patients. (4) The leaf of true cinnamon – Ceylon cinnamon – has been reported to offer many health benefits, so researchers put it to the test. They discovered that leaf extracts of Ceylon cinnamon offered a multitude of bioactivities from cholesterol esterase and micellization inhibition to glutathionase-S-transferase, COX1 and COX2 inhibition as well as cytotoxicity against studied cancer cell lines (MCF7, HePG2, AN3CA) as well as being anti-inflammatory and antilipidemic. (5) In lots of technical terms, Ceylon cinnamon is seemingly effective as is cardamom!
ANTI-DIABETIC AND ANTILIPIDEMIC AND ANTI-OBESITY: Cardamom
Helping diabetics contend with their glucose levels is important, and cardamom is another beneficial spice. Known as the “queen of spice,” caradmom’s anti-diabetic ability seems to rest in its effect on metabolic factors like glycemic indices. 3 g of cardamom a day taken from 8 weeks to 3 months significantly affected HbA1C and Homeostatic Model Assessment of Insulin Resistance (how much insulin the body needed to keep blood sugar levels consistent). Research highlighted caradmom’s ability to improve the metabolism of glucose. (6) A review of randomized controlled trials evaluating the effects of green cardamom reported that triglycerides levels were significantly decreased with its use compared to control. (7) Easley chiropractic healthcare treatment plans promote the use of healthy, natural interventions to help! Chiropractic care is health care!
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Make your Easley chiropractic appointment now. As you cozy your way into fall, incorporate the three ‘c’ fall spices for their spiciness and their healthiness and especially their anti-disease-ness!! Enjoy!