The familiar aroma of the spice-box in your kitchen surely makes your food tasty but it also has phenomenal health benefits. Research suggests that these aromatic spices shall help reduce inflammation in your body.
How did the research start?
Research published in the Journal of Nutrition collected a blend of spices like basil, bay leaf, black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, ginger, oregano, parsley, red pepper, rosemary, thyme and turmeric.
This research-based its prerequisite aim on a study that found that a variety of different spices, like ginger and turmeric, have anti-inflammatory properties.
This study examined 12 men between the ages of 40 and 65 who had obesity or had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. In randomised order, each participant ate three different versions of a meal high in saturated fat and carbohydrates on three different days.
It included one with no spices, one with two grams of the spice blend, and one with six grams of the spice blend. Between every hour to four hours, researchers drew blood samples before and then after each meal to measure inflammatory markers.
In addition to this examination, the researchers also cultured white blood cells and stimulated them to get the cells to respond to an inflammatory stimulus, similar to what would happen while your body is fighting an infection.
“We think that’s important because it’s representative of what would happen in the body. Cells would encounter a pathogen and produce inflammatory cytokines,” Rogers stated.
What did they find?
The study shows that in comparison to each meal containing two grams of spices or no spices, a meal containing six grams of spices showed that inflammatory cytokines were reduced following the meal.
Study researcher Connie Rogers stated, “If spices are palatable to you, they might be a way to make a high-fat or high-carb meal more healthful.”
Although the researchers can’t be sure which spices are contributing to the effect or the precise mechanism in which the effect is created. Yet, the results do suggest that the spices have anti-inflammatory properties that help offset any inflammation caused by eating high-carb and high-fat meals.
Whenever you crave a hearty meal, just enjoy the flavourful heat of spices that shall actually reduce the inflammation heat in your body.
(with inputs from IANS)