Liver Health: Enjoy the Spice(s) of Life

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Liver Health: Enjoy the Spice(s) of Life

In a presentation to the Fourth International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition, held in Loma Linda, CA, April 8–11, 2002, Dr. Johanna W. Lampe explained that even though they are thought of primarily as adding flavor or aroma to a meal, all of the spices found in the kitchen actually are used by the body to promote health, and many find their happiest home in liver cells, where they provide additional support for the biochemical functions that are required for detoxification.7 Spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, coriander and saffron are just a handful that are known to enhance liver function. Go beyond salt and pepper and discover the taste delight of the common as well as the rarely used spices. Flavor up your foods and spice up your liver health.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Liver Health: Give Your Liver a Vacation

References:
7. Lampe JW. Spicing up a vegetarian diet: Chemopreventive effects of phytochemicals. Am J Clin Nutr 2003;78(Suppl):579S-583S.

 


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