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10 Spices That Heal: Cancer, Diabetes, and More

Cloves: Helps Arthritis Pain
HOW IT WORKS: According to Chinese medicine, cloves have hot and moving properties that relieve arthritis pain caused by cold and stagnation. Cloves contain a phytochemical that interrupts the pathways of a protein complex in the body that’s been linked to inflammatory diseases such as arthritis. TRY TO GET: 1/2 teaspoon a day. USE IT: Saute 1 cup fresh parsley (finely chopped), 1 clove garlic (crushed), 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and 1 teaspoon cloves in 1 tablespoon olive oil. After 3 minutes, add 4 cups shredded rhubarb chard, and fry until soft and tender, about 5 minutes. Serve hot with chicken or fish.

Turmeric: Curbs Inflammation
HOW IT WORKS: An ancient spice that gives curry its deep golden-orange color, turmeric reduces the inflammation in the body that causes pain. Curcumin, a component in turmeric, inhibits cell enzymes that contribute to inflammation. TRY TO GET: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day. USE IT: Add a dash to organic canned soups, such as tomato, lentil, or black bean varieties.

Thyme: Eases a Cough
HOW IT WORKS: Thyme is an antispasmodic, which helps with bouts of nonstop coughing. Thyme’s antiseptic properties also make it very effective against inflammation of the throat, which can cause coughing. TRY TO GET: 2 to 3 teaspoons a day. USE IT: For a simple vinaigrette, whisk together 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh thyme leaves with 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil.

Recipe ideas from Dana Jacobi, author of The Essential Best Foods Cookbook (Rodale, 2008).

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9:34PM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Good to know

2:43PM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

"It’s no surprise to many spice researchers that cancer rates are lower in India, where cumin is a diet staple." Anybody who knows anything about India knows that the reason fewer people there die of cancer is because a greater number of people die from other diseases first; diseases that don't even exist in more developed countries anymore, diseases such as Cholera, Typhus and Bubonic Plague.

9:32AM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

To be honest, I'm sick of all these "magical" wonder-foods that can supposedly "cure" stuff like Diabetes. As a Type 2 Diabetic myself, if there was truly a magic food or something that can simply cure Diabetes, then why is it 2014 and no one has heard of or tried this "magic cure" yet, and then why are they not cured from their Diabetes by now????

Stupid people sometimes.... -smh-

10:50PM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

Nature has provided everything we'll every need. We just have to have the wisdom to search, and learn. Or should I say re-learn.

9:52PM PDT on Aug 13, 2014


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6:54AM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

Great info! But please do not roast the garlic if you want its benefits! It needs to be eaten raw, it loses its goodies when it's cooked! Try chopping it up finely, and add it as a sprinkle in a tomato & basil sandwich. Delicious!

3:36PM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

Rosemary also treats cold and fevers, and turmeric can help with arthritis and dementia.

11:31AM PDT on Jul 10, 2014


12:33PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014


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Noted, but could not read what was on the screen!!!!!

Seldom take anything for pain.

Thankyou,interesting story

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