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Mediterranean Spices Are Among The World’s Most Potent Antioxidants

April 9, 2010 by  

Mediterranean spices are among the world's most potent antioxidants Those searching for a healthy diet regimen may try Mediterranean cuisine, as Spanish scientists have determined that spices used in that region have powerful antioxidant properties.

Researchers from Miguel Hernandez University (UMH) in Catalonia determined that cloves contain high levels of phenolic compounds, which give them the highest capacity to give off hydrogen and allow them to reduce lipid peroxidation well. In addition, cloves were found to be among the best iron reducers.

"The results show that use of the natural oxidants occurring in spices used in the Mediterranean diet, or their extracts, is a viable option for the food industry, as long as their characteristics of the food product are not affected," Juana Fernandez-Lopez, an author of the study and a researcher at the UMH.

"These substances exhibit high antioxidant capacity, and could have beneficial effects for health," says the researcher," she added.

Essential oils from other spices used in the Mediterranean diet, including oregano, thyme, rosemary and sage, were also evaluated by the team, and found to be valuable natural sources of antioxidants.

For busy individuals who may not be getting enough nutrients from their food, dietary supplements may be a great option. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19708871-ADNFCR

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  • Victoria DeLacy

    Indeed, I have recently been using oregano oil and thyme to protect the respiratory system throughout the Winter – natural remedies are the best and so far at age 55 I still don’t take much for medication except generic claritin (loratidine) throughout the summer. Garlic is great for protection from infections – and it happens to help keep the blood pressure low, too. My mother’s family lineage is Puerto Rican, so I was raised with that good healthful regimen for a regular diet. Thanks for continuing to bring naturally health-protective information to light.

  • TIME

    Other than Olive oil, you can grow all these Herbs in your own garden with ease. Nothing like fresh herbs in your meals.

  • Myron J. Poltroonian

    Having been raised in New England in a mostly Italian neighborhood, I remember an awful lot of old, heavy-set yet hard working families who got that way with fresh herbs, pasta, olive oil, fresh dairy, meat, poultry and fish. Living in Marin, San Francisco and Santa Cruz counties from 1969 through 1985, I was exposed to all the macro/micro/wacko health crazed nuts in the area. When Euell Gibbons (one of their “gods”) passed away, I took the clue and have indulged myself with a mostly Mediterranean diet ever since. I even keep a Mason Jar filled with Pine Nuts (one of his favorites) in my kitchen just to remind me to keep a practical approach to my dietary health needs. As I’ve noted before: “That was a slap on the ass, not a guarantee the doctor gave us when we were born”.

  • Richard Pawley

    In addition to spices, herbs, olives, berries and teas there are many other things from which the human body can receive benefit. After 35 years of study I have come to a point where I have found a few to be necessary for optimum health. I now take ALIVE whole food energizer vitamin and mineral supplement, Yaeyama Chlorella, Muscadine grape seed, extra vitamin D-3, extra magnesium, glucosmine sulfate (but NOT chondroitan) and Neptune Brand Antarctic Krill oil. These I take daily. Twice a week I take an additional kelp tablet and recently I’ve started to take a New Zealand green-lipped mussel supplement. I also endeavor to eat a heaping teaspoon of flax meal each day (in cereal, soups, spaghetti sauce or however I can get it down). I also use organic coconut oil for rare frying and never drink municipal tap water because of the fluoride in it which can only be removed by reverse osmosis. I seldom drink sodas, avoid all chemical sugar substitutes, and avoid all HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) in American sodas and all American jams and jellies and try to avoid most of it in other places (impossible but worth the effort to try). A little of it won’t kill you but it is clearly not the same as cane sugar or even ordinary corn syrup. I also endeavor to only use milk and cheese and ice cream that comes from farmers who pledge not to use artificial bovine hormones, illegal in most of the world but quite common in the United States. There are many other little things I do but these are the major ones. Remember you cannot eat what most Americans eat and NOT get the diseases that most Americans get.

    • Mary Jeffries

      You sound very well informed and looked up all the supplements you spoke of . . . Thank you I never heard of these items . . . I would like to talk with you further of the subject of nutrient. Do you have a web page etc. . . Thanks hope you will be intouch.
      Mary Lou

      • Mike In MI

        Nary J. – With Obamacare coming into force you are extremely wise to get educated as fast as possible in personal preventive health protection. Start weaning yourself off the standard American diet. It is probably the greatest cause of the high degenerative disease and death rates in this country, The cause of the damage comes from substances the USDA and FDA allow food companies to put in packaged food off the shelves of the stores. A fairly good rule of thumb when grocery store shoppping: if it’s in a package on a shelf don’t buy it or put it in your mouth. Shop the outside edge of the store.

    • Ellen

      Richard, just curious – why not the chondrotan? Just wondering if I miss something in my reading.

  • Ellen

    I absolutly agree, we need to get informed. Olive leaf, one a day and it has helped my family stay away from colds. There is so much to learn, but fun and exciting. It is so fantastic to read of others discoveries and I am so Thankful to read your notes.

  • ben j trexel

    And – don’t forget the FISH on (EVERY) Friday!

  • Maple Blatti

    Thank you so much, this was very interesting. I was actually born in Madrid ( not telling you when though!) but was moved around various parts of europe and lastly settled in the UK when I was 6. I dont remember an awful lot of the few years I was in spain, but the delicious smell of spanish food always seems to ring a bell in me or something. Funny, how I dont remember anything except the smells,isn’t it! I even found a internet site dedicated to spanish recipes, which gave me great delight and thought I ought to share. Anyway, thank you again. I’ll get my son to add your cast to my rss app…


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