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March 15, 2017 • Diabetes, Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Heart Health

Best Spices for Metabolic Health

herbs and spices

Knowing that herbs and spices are teeming with potent antioxidant compounds, researchers from Penn State set out to determine if adding a blend of herbs and spices to a high fat meal could mitigate its adverse effects. For this study, they fed 6 overweight, but healthy men two separate test meals on two separate days. The meals were identical except that one contained two tablespoons of a blend of herbs and spices. After consuming the meal spiked with the herbs and spices, several metabolic benefits were documented including: a 13 percent increase in blood antioxidant levels, a 20 percent decrease in blood insulin levels, and a 30 percent decrease in blood triglyceride levels. (These benefits rival prescription drugs!) The spice blend contained rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, turmeric, garlic, and paprika.*

Based on the studies I have reviewed, I am wildly enthusiastic about taking advantage of herbs and spices to improve and protect health. Think of herbs and spices as drugs that are cheap, safe, convenient, and highly effective with the added bonus of improving the flavor of your foods. Thank you, Mother Nature!

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*(Journal of Nutrition, August 2011)