People around the world pay respect to spices and seasonings. These aliens of antiquity are not only a new taste and flavor of food, but also often contribute to the maintenance of health.
But do not rush to apply it or other spicy stuff. Pay attention not only on benefits but also on contraindications.
Let's start with antioxidants.
The term has appeared not so long ago, and the use of spices in this direction in the old publications were not identified. Scientists from the research center in Baltimore (USA) came to the conclusion that in its properties to resist the destructive action of free radicals, spices surpass even berries. And berries, until recently, was considered a champion antioxidant action.
So, in a tablespoon of cloves or cinnamon, more antioxidants than half a Cup of blueberries or cranberries. And dried oregano or turmeric have more useful properties than strawberries or pomegranate.What else to give our health spices?
Experts say that ginger, red pepper, turmeric, chilies, saffron is the most favorable to good digestion. For insomnia can help turmeric and cinnamon. As painkillers in some countries, use fennel, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.
It should be noted that all of these herbs have contraindications.
As antipyretic and detoxifying frequently use ginger, turmeric, fennel. Parsley and fennel are used as a choleretic. A good antiseptics are red and black peppers, coriander, oregano, turmeric and clove. Cardamom is considered one of the best stimulants of the digestive organs. Marjoram helps with insomnia. In diseases of the respiratory tract marjoram has anti-inflammatory effect. Thyme strengthens blood vessels, normalizes water-salt metabolism. Basil, according to experts, strengthens the immune system and tones the body.
But back to the question of contraindications
Surprised by the fact that even in the specialized literature rarely mentioned the factor of idiosyncrasy. And various tips on folk medicine in General often do not even mention this form of Allergy, which any of us may not even suspect up to a point.
For example, such common spices as turmeric and garlic with excessive use can weaken the effectiveness of many drugs, red and black pepper is not recommended for people with stomach problems.
Many favorite mint can be useful not for everyone. Long-term use of peppermint is contraindicated for people with low blood pressure. Mint reduces the tone of the veins, and sometimes leads to exacerbations. Peppermint may cause nasal congestion, and some people have frontotemporal headaches.
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If people with sensitive stomach eat more than 3 cloves of garlic, then it might be bloating. And clove are contraindicated for children under 2 years of age, the hypertensive and ulcer. Very carefully need to use nutmeg. In case of overdose of this nut there may be headache, dizziness, nausea.
All necessary measure and your body.published