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Insane Medicine – Spice it up! Spices make food taste better and give you health benefits!

Insane Medicine - Tumeric
Tumeric has Curcumin, a substance that has many health benefits.

Spices add flavorings to the foods on which they are added, without the additional sugar, fat, or salt content of other flavorings.

  • Tumeric  comes from Curcuma longa, a plant that is related to ginger. Tumeric is used in Indian cooking quite frequently and imparts the curry flavor. There are several phytochemicals in tumeric, among which curcumin is very active. It has been linked to being protective oagainst cognitive decline, heart disease, and cancer, and is associated with improved cholesterol and sugar metabolism. Arthritis seems to be positively affected by curcumin as well. In India, the decreased risk of colorectal cancer may be attributable to this spice. Suggested daily dose is 1500 mg a day. It has been found that black pepper,  which contains piperine, may enhance curcumin’s absorption, so consider adding some black pepper to your tumeric-containing recipes.
  • Mint:  including peppermint and spearmint
    Insane Medicine - Mint has rosmarinic acid, and anti-inflammatory.
    Mint has rosmarinic acid, and anti-inflammatory.

    Peppermint has been used as a digestive aid, causing smooth muscle relaxation in the gut. It has rosmarinic acid in it, which is an anti-inflammatory agent and seems to be effective in decreasing asthma as well.

  • Pepper, including paprika, cayenne pepper, chili peppers, and others have capsaicin in them, which provides cancer protection and anti-inflammatory effects. Capsaicin used topically is helpful in arthritis pain.
  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum) has eugenol in it, an oil with anti-inflammatory effects similar to motrin-type effects. It also has an antibacterial effect in the gut as well.
  • Cinnamon:
    Insane Medicine - Who doesn't love cinnamon? It helps lower blood sugar!
    Insane Medicine – Who doesn’t love cinnamon? It helps lower blood sugar!

    Cinnamon is derived from the bark of a cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum verum) and has antioxidant, antimicrobial, as well as anti-inflammatory effects.Studies have shown that a gram of cinnamon a day can lower blood sugar and the hemoglobin A1C ( a measure of long-term blood sugar control) by ~.8 percent, which is excellent!

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Insane Medicine – Passion fruit peel has some efficacy for arthritis pain.

Insane Medicine - Passion fruit for arthritis pain
Passion fruit for arthritis pain.
  • Passiflora edulis has shown to reduce joint pain and stiffness by close to 20% when the passion fruit peel (150 mg a day) was taken for two months.
  • Passion fruit has flavonoids with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory ability. It may also be helpful in reducing blood pressure and asthma.
  • You can add this fruit to your well-rounded diet. It comes in many forms including puree, concentrate, or as the fresh fruit itself.
  • In addition to passion fruit for your pains, incorporate other avenues of treatment including appropriate exercise and stretching exercises. Increase your vegetable intake for the anti-inflammatory component, as well as spices such as tumeric and ginger, for their inflammation-fighting abilities. Don’t forget the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and walnuts, which can help reduce your pain as well!