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Immune Boosting with Spices

Spices are not only incredible flavor enhancers, they are known for their therapeutic value as well. Here’s a spice mixture for enhancing immunity from one of our Vaidyas, or Ayurvedic experts:

* 6 parts Turmeric * 3 parts Ground Cumin * 3 parts Ground Coriander * 6 parts Ground Fennel * 1 part Powdered Dry Ginger * 1 part Ground Black Pepper * 1/4 part Ground Cinnamon

Mix all the powdered spices well and store in an airtight container in a cool place away from direct sunlight. Measure one teaspoon of the spice mixture in one tablespoon of Ghee and heat until aroma is released. Remove from heat immediately to avoid burning. Apply spiced Ghee to cooked rice, vegetables or other dishes before serving. Taken regularly with each main meal of the day, this combination of spices will help boost your immune system and enhance digestion.

Find out more about Ghee:


SOURCE: http://www.mapi.com/newsletters/maharishi_ayurveda/december_2008/immune_boosting_winter_foods.html

www.pureindianfoods.com “a small family-owned business that takes pride in making Organic Ghee from the milk of free-range cows fed on grass”.

4/5/07 Of the dried culinary herbs tested, oregano, sage, peppermint, garden thyme, lemon balm, clove, allspice and cinnamon as well as the Chinese medicinal herbs Cinnamomi cortex and Scutellariae radix all contained very high concentrations of antioxidants

J Nutr. 2003 May;133(5):1286-90.

Curcumin and Genistein Synergistic at Inhibiting Estrogen

Induced Breast Carcinoma Verma SP et al

Curcumin and genisten are two natural products of plants obtained from Curcuma longa Linn. (turmeric) and soybeans, respectively. Both compounds when present at micromolar concentrations are able to inhibit growth of estrogen-positive human breast MCF-7 cells induced individually or by a mixture of pesticides endosulfane, DDT and chlordane or 17-beta estradiol.

When curcumin and genistein were added together to MCF-7 cells, a synergistic effect resulting in total inhibition of the induction of MCF-7 cells by the highly estrogenic activity of endosulfane/chlordane/DDT mixtures was noted.

These data suggest that the combination of curcumin and genistein in the diet have the potential to reduce the proliferation of estrogen-positive cells by mixtures of pesticides or 17-beta estradiol.

Since it is difficult to remove pesticides completely from the environment or the diet and since both turmeric and soybeans are not toxic to humans, their inclusion in the diet in order to prevent hormone related cancers deserves consideration.

Ann’s NOTE: WHAT THIS MEANS: Combining curcumin and genistein (just one of the active ingredients in soybeans) was shown to COMPLETELY stop breast cells from becoming malignant (in a test tube). The researchers suggest that adding curcumin and soybeans to the diet could help prevent breast cancers that are responsive to hormones.

There is a theory that soy genistein and other phytochemicals can occupy receptors in the breast that would otherwise be estrogen occupied. Too much estrogen has been shown to be a factor in breast cancer.

The issue of soy elements, soy products and soy foods,have not been resolved fully.

11/03 Ann’s NOTE (an opinion): Very often in discussion with physicians and researchers I hear comments on dose and how hard it is to judge with foods, herbs, spices, etc.

How important is that really? We know everyone is a bit different from anyone else. Studies are conducted to find a common ‘dose’ that many will benefit from. This really does not mean that everyone needs the same dose. In fact, people metabolize doses differently and it does not appear to be based on size or weight.

So in some respects the fear of natural substances should not focus on portions, doses or amount of ‘active ingredient’ in any spoonful.

Biophys Res Commun 1997 Apr 28;233(3):692-6

Application of “-Omic-” technologies in phytomedicine

Phytomedicine, 1/07

Stargrove MB, Treasure J, McKee DL. Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies. St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier; 2008.

Antioxidant/anti-inflammatory protective from RTx damage

Spices and Bacteria
How they can kill bacteria in foods Including H-pylori

Soy and Hot Flashes
Journal of Clinical Oncology March 2000

Borage Oil/GLA
Effective against cancer cells and helpful to breast cancer patients, 2000 study shows.

Decreased Risk of Mortality
Associated with diet in women more evidence for healthy diet

Some Spices Protect Bacteria During Irradiation
Study finds some unusual results about spices, bacteria and irradiation may have implications for humans

Antioxidants and Healthy Breasts
College of Pharmacy, University of Louisana

Milk Thistle Studies (silymarin)
Various including during chemotherapy

Spice Rack and Cox 2 Inhibitors
Article from WholeHealthMD

Herbals, Cancer Prevention & Health
J Nutrition, 2001

Studies with Ginseng
Shown to synergistically inhibit cancer cell growth

Myrrh as Anti-cancer Therapy
J Natural Products, 11/01

Red Clover and Estrogenic Effects
J Nutrition, 1/02

Spices that Enhance Immunity
Ayervedic advice, Winter, 2001-02

Saffron & Cancer Prevention
Ralph Moss Report #18 January 7, 2002

Kava Kava
Articles on Kava Kava from various resources

UK Tonic Contains Chinese Ants
BBC 2/10/02

Review of Some Popular Herbs
Annals of Internal Medicine 12/01

Herbs Rich Source of Antioxidants
J Am Chemical Soc, 11/01

Plant Stems & Leaves Proportional to Roots
United Press Intl arcmax.com

Herbal-related Toxic Hepatitis
J Med, 3/02 Discussion of ways to begin identifying toxicity

St. John’s Wort – MUST READ INFO
Oncogene, 3/02

Anticachectic Effects of Berberine & Coptidis rhizoma
Int J Cancer

Medieval Medicine (Wales) Contributes
Society for Conservation Biology, 7/02 Nature News Service

Gingko biloba
Advice on downside risks, studies

Black Cohosh & No Proliferation of Bca Cells
Breast Can Res Tr, 11.02 Enahnces Tamoxifen

Ascaridol (Chenopodium antherlminticum L)
Anticancer Res, 11-12,02

Homoharringtonine-Evergreen plant Cephalotaxus harringtonia
J Exper Thera & Onc, 1/03

Ayervedic Herbs to Reduce Unwanted Effects of Chemo
The Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/03

Anti-Cancer Plants in Brazil
The Oncologist, 6/2000


Medicinal Plants Make a Comeback
UNESCO Cour, 7/79

Herbal Plants Endangered by Interest

J Clin Pharm & Thera, 2/04

Capsaicin Inhibits Angiogenesis
Cancer Res, 1/04 From the Pepper family

Tylophorine Analogs as Antitumor Compounds
Cancer Res, 1/04

Korean angelica Isolate Induces Apoptosis
Abstract 2982 AACR, 3/04

Chapparal Looked at AGAIN – Tumors Shrink
Medical University of South Carolina, 8/04

The Herbage Database

Herbal Medicine in Context: Editorial
British J of Medicine, 10/03

Herbs Have Multiple Effects – Some Opposing
J Circulation, 9/04

Natural Standard
LINK to site including databases on herbs, alt med, dictionary and more. Founded by clinicians.

Information from many sources, repeat of some links too

Terminalia catappa (Herb) is Chemopreventive (Rats) Colon
Euro J Cancer Prevention, 4/05

Nigella sative (Herb) & Early Carcinogenesis (Rats)
Hum Exp Toxicol, 4/03

Phenolic Contents & Antioxidant Activities: Plants/Food
Intl J Food Sci & Nutr, 6/05

Woad has Anti-Cancer Properties
J Science of Food & Agriculture, August 2006

parthenolide & golden feverfew extract in 3 Human Ca Cell Lines
J Med Food, Spring, 2006

Protective Effect: Andrographis paniculata & Urothelial Toxicity
Integrative Cancer Therapies, 9/06

Daphne genkwa root inhibits growth/mets Lewis lung ca (MICE)
Inter’l Immunopharmacology, 2/07

Protective effect of Terminalia belerica Roxb. & gallic acid 
J Ethnopharmacology, 1/07

Uncaria tomentosa extracts dffrntlly rglts exprssn IL-1alpha & TNF-a
J Ethnopharmacology, 1/07

Chinese Herbs Examined
Contains articles, studies, etc on specific Chinese herbs/components

Evaluation of antioxidant activity of Cassia siamea flowers 
J Ethnopharmacology, 12/06

Evening Prirose Enhances Chemo
University of Maryland Alt Med pages

Willow bark extract Suppresses Growth Colon/Lung Ca cells
Cancer Detection and Prevention, in proof, 4/07

Clove Tea for Diarrhea
Source: Caring4Cancer

Terminalia catappa L. leaves and Lung Cancer cells 
Food and Chem Toxicology, 7/07

Black Pepper has MANY Healthful Properties
Source: Natural News www.naturalnews.com

Two Herbal Extracts Kill Cancer Cells
J Medicinal Food,May 2009

Cytotoxic Effects of Bilberry Extract on MCF7-GFP-Tubulin Breast Cancer Cells
Journal of Medicinal Food, after February 2010

Monterey Bay Spice Company
LINK: “Certified Organic Processor. Our blending and milling services allow us to provide full-service co-packing solutions for long-term and start-up businesses”.

“Monterey Bay Spice Company providing the highest quality botanicals, spices, teas and much more”!

Sources for Organic Herbs & Info About Herbs/Spices
various links or articles

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