Herbs! What The New Science Shows and [Their Healing Benefits]

Herbs have healing power that may ease pain, prevent Alzheimer’s as well as ward off cancer and heart disease. You can find some of these spices in your kitchen cabinet or buy them from your grocery store.  Herbs have been used for hundred of years to heal and scientists are discovering and finding proof to substantiate the benefits of these plants to alleviate arthritis pain, reduce high blood sugar, cholesterol and other ailments.

Scientists are also sharing the amazing powers in some herbs with the ability to kill cancer cells and help problem drinkers the ability to curb their alcohol intake. Robert Lee, MD, medical director of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City said “Herbs and other natural remedies can be as effective as traditional treatments, often without the same negative side effects.”

Below are 5 “super healers” you may want to add to your all-natural category list of your medicine cabinet and most important to use daily in meal preparations to get their big benefits.

Cinnamon Lowers Blood Sugar

Type 2 diabetics taking cinnamon extract daily successfully reduced blood sugar by about 10 %. Cinnamon may also reduce related heart risk for people with type 2 diabetes and it slashed cholesterol by 13% in another study.

A good tip given is to add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon to your coffee drip filter when making your morning brew.

Garlic Lowers Risk of Cancer

Eating garlic may lower rates of ovarian, colorectal, and other cancers according to a research review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Garlic may also provide cardiovascular benefits. It contains more than 70 active phytochemicals, that incudes allicin, that many studies show decrease high blood pressure as many as 30 points. Garlic may help prevent strokes, as well as slowing arterial blockages. In this clinical study conducted at UCLA, patients’ levels of homocysteine, a chemical that leads to plaque buildup, dropped by 12%. Crushed fresh garlic offers the best cancer-fighting and cardiovascular benefits.

Ginger Great for Nausea

Ginger can prevent stomach upset from many sources, including pregnancy, motion sickness and chemotherapy. Ginger is a powerful antioxidant and works by blocking the effects of serotonin, a chemical produced by both the brain and the stomach. When you’re nauseated it stops the production of free radicals which is another cause of stomach upset. A study of cruise ship passengers given 500 mg of ginger every 4 hours found it effective as taking Dramamine, the over-the-counter motion sickness medicine.

The study also showed that ginger may decrease blood pressure, arthritis pain and ruduce the risk of cancer. Ginger helps regulate blood flow that may lower blood pressure and its anti-inflammatory properties might help ease arthritis pain.

Rosemary Can Fight Carcinogens

When you fry, broil or grill meats at high temperatures, potent carcinogens are created called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). These are implicated in several cancers. Levels of HCA are reduced significantly when rosemary extract, a common powder is mixed into beef before cooking. “Rosemary contains carnosol and rosemarinic acid, two powerful antioxidants that destroy the HCA’s.”

Rosemary might also stop tumors. Rosemary extract helps prevent carcinogens that enter the body from binding with DNA, the first step in tumor formation.

Cooking Tip: For healthy grilling, marinate steaks for 2 hours in a spice mix that contains rosemary leaves or powder.

Tumeric Eases Arthritis

Curry could relieve arthritis pain because it contains turmeric a spice that contains a powerful anti-inflammatory. It works similarly to cox-2 inhibitors drugs that reduce the cox-2 enzyme that causes the pain and swelling of arthritis.

It may also prevent colon cancer and Alzheimer’s disease based on a small Clinical trial conducted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Curcumin can help shrink precancerous lesions known as colon polyps, when taken with a small amount of quercetin, a powerful antioxidant found in apples, cabbage, and onions.” In the trial, the average number of polyps fell more than 60 %, and those that remained shrank by more than 50%.

Researchers at UCLA also found that “curcumin helps clear the brain of the plaques that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s.”

To maximize the benefits for general health add the spice to your cooking as much as possible. You can add it to your smoothies, steamed rice or use curry powder that contains turmeric to enjoy its benefits.

Therapeutic Dose:

It is recommended that you take 400 mg. of curcumin extract three times daily to correspond to the amount used by the candidates in the colon polyp study (480 mg. of curcumin and 20 mg of quercetin three times daily).

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