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5 Spices That Do Amazing Things

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5 Spices That Do Amazing Things

By Bharat B. Aggarwal, Experience Life

When I was growing up in India, spices were not just a part of every meal, they were the main medicines my family used for everyday healing. My mother cooked with brilliant yellow turmeric powder daily, but she’d also sprinkle it on a cut when I hurt myself. Or put it on my forehead when I had a fever. If I was nauseated, my mother gave me ginger to make me feel better. If I couldn’t sleep, she gave me coriander in warm milk.

Now, as a professor in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, spices are the subject of many experiments in my laboratory.

It was at this lab, almost 20 years ago, that I discovered that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is effective against cancer. Today, my colleagues and I are working to discover the molecular and biochemical secrets behind the therapeutic power of so many other healing spices. We are striving to harness that power in the battle against cancer and other chronic diseases.

Many people talk about including whole foods — such as vegetables, legumes and fruits — in one’s diet, but the real secret to preventing disease and prolonging life is a diet rich in whole foods and spices.

To get you started, here are five easy-to-find spices I hope you’ll begin cooking with more often, starting today. May they and other spices become a friend to your health — and the pride of your kitchen!

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9:52PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

Great post--thanks!

1:24PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Thanks, love cinnamon!

10:13PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

I supplement with Curcumin at 95% for its strong anti inflammatory properties and I simply like the taste of fennel seeds, but didn't know there was anything special about them.

10:26AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

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5:51AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

good info

3:59PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

thanks for great info

12:06AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

My must have 5 spices !! Great share, thanks !

5:12PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Excellent article. Thanks.

7:14AM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Great article!! I really liked the format it was presented in. Very helpful, Thanks.

7:38PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

nice article!! people who hates spices must read it 4 sure!!!

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