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Spices…they create warm tantalzing aromas, mouth watering flavors and the unique dishes that have everyone wanting the recipe.  But did you know they can make a dramatic impact on your health?  Paprika, Pepper, Tumeric, Cumin, Cinnamon, Garlic, Rosemary….mmm.  

Spices –

-decrease inflammation within the body

-potent antioxidants

-decrease insulin response

-decrease the need for increased sodium consumption

Research is showing spices help reduce triglycerides levels by up to 30%!

Add 2 tbs of various spices to any and all dishes to increase the flavor and promote health.  It is always best to blend your own rubs and spice mixtures to avoid hidden sodium, msg, gluten and preservatives.  So spice it up!!

Be well

~ Dr. Bridget

References:

1.  Bolin Qin, M.D., Ph.D.,1,2 Kiran S. Panickar,1 and Richard A. Anderson, Ph.D., C.N.S.1
Cinnamon: Potential Role in the Prevention of Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome, and Type 2 Diabetes. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2010 May; 4(3): 685-693.

2.  “Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology”; Hypolipidemic and Antioxidant Effects of Curcumin and Capsaicin in High-Fat-Fed Rats; H. Manjunatha, K. Srinivasan; June 2007

3. “International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research”; Effects of Capsaicin on Serum Triglycerides and Free Fatty Acid in Olive Oil Treated Rats; A. Saito, et al.; September 1999

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