October 2008 Issue

Spice Up Your Cuisine To Help Protect Against Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes

Adding herbs and spices to your food may do more than make a meal tasty, it may keep you healthy. Potent plant compounds in herbs like cinnamon and rosemary have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial actions that scientists suggest might help do everything from normalize blood glucose levels and protect the heart to improve mood and boost brain function—even repel cancer cells. Much of the research is preliminary and in rodents, but it expands our thinking of what flavoring food can do. Here, EN updates you on the latest research.

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