Introduction

4 Natural Remedies in Your Kitchen

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN Health Pro October 23, 2012
  • You don’t necessarily need mega doses of specific vitamins and minerals in pill form to treat an illness. Fruits and vegetables are one natural source high in both vitamins and minerals.

     

    Today let’s discuss four spices linked to health benefits and why.

     

    Cloves

     

    Cloves are a natural way to reduce blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels. This was clearly supported by a published 2006 placebo-controlled study that divided diabetics into four groups. Group 1 received a placebo supplement, group 3 received 1 gram of cloves daily, group 3 received 2 grams of cloves daily, and group 4 received 3 grams of cloves daily. All groups continued their daily supplement for 30 days. All participants receiving some level of cloves experienced improvements.

     

    Cloves are rich in phenolic compounds that interfere with the artery clogging oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

     

    Curry (Turmeric)

     

    Curry is a powerful antioxidant and works to eliminate free radicals and inflammation. This means curry can be an effective tool for treating arthritis, heart disease, and cancer.

     

    Some studies have even linked turmeric with lower cholesterol levels, reduced arterial plaque, and decreased blood coagulation (clotting).

     

    Cinnamon

     

    Cinnamon, like cloves, is another natural alternative for lowering blood sugar, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides.

     

    A 2003 study divided diabetics into six groups where participants received either a placebo or 1-6 grams of cinnamon daily over a 40 days. All subjects receiving any dose of cinnamon had reductions in fasting glucose levels, seeing reductions between 18 to 29 percent.

     

    More recent studies have found two weeks of cinnamon supplementation can reduce glucose response and increase insulin sensitivity.

     

    Parsley

     

    Parsley is a rich source of calcium, iron, carotenes, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and vitamin A. Parsley contains apiol and myristicin making it an effective diuretic and detoxifying agent.

     

    Recent research has linked the parsley component apigenin to decreased breast cancer progression in the presence of a certain progestin commonly used in hormone replacement therapy. Increasing parsley intake may help inhibit blood vessel development of tumors.

     

    Do you eat the parsley garnish on your plate?

     

    The above four are just a few of the spices providing health benefits. Oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, and many more spices provide health benefits. Don’t forget. . .

     

    Let they Food be thy Medicine ~ Hippocrates

     

    You can access the free e-course How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps at http://lowercholesterolwithlisa.com.