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Curcumin Found to Halt Prostate Cancer Metastasis

Posted March 3, 2014

Nature provides us with a number of natural compounds that have proven effective in controlling the division and replication of cancerous growths. One of the most promising is curcumin, the anti-inflammatory, bioactive extract from the curry spice, tumeric. A research team from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany has published the result of a study in the journal Carcinogenesis that shows how curcumin inhibits the formation of metastases in prostate cancer tissues and other cancer lines as well.

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Fennel can help neutralize cancer and encourage weight loss

Posted February 25, 2014

It may not be well known in North America, but the more we go east, the more we see fennel being incorporated in dishes, especially in Italian and Mediterranean cuisines. The bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds are all edible, and you may also recognize it as being one of the main components of the alcoholic beverage absinthe.

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Paprika is a great spice to assist your cardiovascular system

Posted February 9, 2014

The bell pepper family brings a lot of positive things to the table without a doubt. One of its most recognized members is paprika and it happens to be quite appreciated for the particular taste that it provides to various dishes. Paprika, as with other members of its family, is filled with capsaicin, an extraordinary substance known for its antioxidant properties but also for its incredible benefits to the cardiovascular system in general.

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Curcumin protects against neurodegenerative effects of lead poisoning

Posted January 27, 2014

A new study has found that the compound curcumin can reduce memory deficits caused by a higher lead content in the body. The results of the study, published a few years ago in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, “show that lead significantly increases lipid peroxidation and reduces the viability of primary hippocampal neurons in culture,” according to a summary.

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Why Curcumin is Officially the “King of All Spices”

Posted January 22, 2014

To the many traditional cultures around the world that have long utilized the spice in cooking and medicine, curcumin’s amazing anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer benefits are no secret. But modern, Western cultures are only just now beginning to learn of the incredible healing powers of curcumin, which in more recent days have earned it the appropriate title of “king of all spices.” And as more scientific evidence continues to emerge, curcumin is quickly becoming recognized as a fountain of youth “superspice” with near-miraculous potential in modern medicine.

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The healing potential of cinnamon

Posted January 14, 2014

When it comes to spices, cinnamon has been found to be one of the healthiest for you, not to mention its delicious taste. Cinnamon can have far reaching health benefits with recent research indicating that it can reduce blood pressure and even help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. It seems that numerous potential benefits can be obtained from this delicious, inexpensive spice.

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Curcumin inhibits pituitary tumor cell proliferation, induces apoptosis

Posted December 10, 2013

There is probably no traditional Asian herb that is studied more in modern western medicine laboratories than curcumin, the active ingredient of the spice turmeric. This article focuses on a study that investigated using curcumin for an unusual tumor growth in the pituitary gland called pituitary adenoma. It is considered benign, because there has been no evidence of pituitary adenomas spreading beyond the pituitary gland.

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Three popular spices that lower blood sugar levels

Posted December 9, 2013

Spices have always been admired for their ability to improve the flavors of rudimentary dishes, and perhaps this will always remain their most loved feature. Despite their largely pragmatic uses in the kitchen, however, emerging studies continue to prove that many popular spices are nutritional powerhouses that possess undeniable medicinal value.

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Antioxidant turmeric and laurel leaf extracts reduce hardening of arteries, says science

Posted November 19, 2013

A simple way to help naturally lower inflammation and protect your body against atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, is to supplement with turmeric and laurel leaf extract. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that these two popular culinary herbs possess a unique ability to naturally decrease blood sugar, lower cholesterol and prevent the buildup of arterial plaque, which can lead to heart disease.

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Cloves, a traditional Christmas spice with healing properties

Posted November 13, 2013

Cloves are often associated with Christmas recipes such as mulled wine and Christmas cake and not widely used in western culture or cuisine outside of the Christmas period. However, cloves have health benefits which could be enjoyed the whole year round.

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