Superfoods like Honey and Turmeric have long been recognized for their ability to promote health and wellness. At NUTRITION 2021, LIVE ONLINE new studies being presented take a closer look at the science behind the health benefits of superfoods.
The benefits of having superfoods Turmeric, Cinnamon, Ginger, Honey, Mango –
Turmeric, Cinnamon, Ginger are linked with cholesterol benefits. They have been used in food for ages, and due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, they are considered healthy. But their effects on health and specific disease like cardiovascular and diabetics needs more search. A new study from Clemson University examined how these spices, curcuminoid, and curcumin pigments found in turmeric in people with type 2 diabetes affect cholesterol levels. The researchers analyzed Twenty-eight studies of randomized controlled trials. It included 1035 patients in capsule form the spice supplements for one to three months and 1049 control patients. They found that the spices, curcuminoid, and curcumin for people with type 2 diabetes were associated with an improved lipid profile.
Blood pressure is lowered by adding spices to food. According to a new study adding spices and herbs to one diet may improve the flavor. Researchers from Texas Tech University and Penn State University examined the cardiometabolic effects of including mixed spices and herbs into an average American diet in adults at higher risk for cardiometabolic disease. Seventy-one participants are there in the studies who for four weeks diets with 6.6, 3.3, and 0.5 grams per day of spices/herbs. The three study diets did not show any differences in blood sugar or cholesterol level. However, the diet with most spices and herbs was eaten, which equal to 1.5 teaspoons, 24-hour blood pressure level was improved compared to people who ate the lowest amount of spices and herbs.
Mangoes help to lower chronic disease risks. Mangoes contain a variety of fibers, minerals, vitamins, and unique micronutrients. A study from San Diego State University examined 27 obese and overweight adults who consumed 100 calories of low-fat cookies or 100 calories of fresh mangoes daily for 12 weeks. Participants who consumed Mango showed improvements in certain chronic disease risk factors, including inflammation and fasting glucose level, although body weight and cholesterol levels are not affected.
Nanoparticles contribute to Honey’s anti-inflammatory benefits. Since ancient times Honey’s medical quality has been known, scientists are still finding out the biochemistry responsible for the health benefits of Honey. It has been discovered by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that tiny nano-scale particles are there in Honey with a membrane-enclosed structure. This is similar to exosomes found in the body. Experiments with these exosome-like nanoparticles showed that in mice, inflammation could be reduced with experimentally induced liver injury and could prevent activation of a critical inflammatory enzyme complex.