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Healthy Tidbits March 11, 2013

Cinnamon

This age old renowned spice originated in Asia. In Poland it is best known as an addition to apple pie or just apples. In a study of people with diabetes were given 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon per day. In each group which took cinnamon fasting blood glucose, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol levels decreased significantly. In the placebo group, there were no changes. Also, the study has shown that taking a low dose of 1-6 grams of cinnamon a day has a beneficial effect on the risk factors in diabetics.

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Ginger

Ginger is a spicy additive known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties for over 2500 years. One study found that acts as non-steroidal drugs (NSAIDs) by damping the tracks of two pro-inflammatory enzymes, COX-1 and COX-2. In addition, it inhibits the action of 5-lipoxygenase, another pro-inflammatory agent, acting therapeutically better than NSAIDs, and in addition it has fewer side effects.

It also has anti-cancer effects through the suppression of the inflammation induced by tumor cells and inhibits the growth of vascular cells, which  in turn blocks cell cancer cells from seeding to other parts of the body.

Ginger is most commonly used in various gastrointestinal problems – nausea, vomiting, also pregnant during the treatment of cancer anorexia. It is also taken for pain in muscles and joints, also with inflammatory arthritis, menstrual cramps and for the different respiratory infections.

Doses:

Nausea – up to 250 mg four times a day – in any form  – fresh, powder, capsule

RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and other joint ailments – from 170 mg 3 times daily to 250 mg 4 times a day

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Turmeric

One of the oldest spices of the East, turmeric (and a relative of ginger) is a common additive to curries and other dishes, and is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-edemic (swelling) properties. Research over the past 50 years shows that it has a strong anti-tumor activity and in the treatment of tumors. Doses were studied up to 10 g / day. Research carried out in the University of Michigan has shown that turmeric is the most active  in a combination with piperine, the active agent in black pepper in breast cancer stem cells by inhibiting refocusing of breast cancer toxic effects on the cellular environment.

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