May 04, 2004
Could curry also inhibit alcoholic liver disease? Another study published last year in the American Journal of Physiology found rats fed curcumin were protected against alcohol-induced necrosis of the liver.Canadian scientists also reported that curcumin helped to correct cystic fibrosis in animal studies.
Ginger also made news with a report in the April issue of Obstetrics and Gynecologyin an Australian study that found that ginger could relieve morning sickness.While the root has long been a staple in folk remedies, these findings are among the first to confirm its potential to reduce nausea and vomiting among pregnant women.Further study is needed to address concerns regarding ginger’s safety for fetuses, researchers emphasized.
Looking a little further back in our spice cabinet we come upon this item which appeared in the December issue of the journal Diabetes Care: Cinnamon can lower cholesterol, glucose and trigylceride levels — an important possible benefit both for type 2 diabetes sufferers as well as those struggling with high cholesterol.
While animal research has demonstrated the cholesterol-lowering effects of other herbs and spices such as fenugreek, curry, mustard seeds and coriander, this is the first human study to pinpoint the effects of cinnamon.As little as half a teaspoon a day produced results in some cases as striking as those induced by statin drugs.