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Spices Boost Metabolism

Spices Boost Metabolism
Wealth of spices which are abundant in my country (Indonesia) is actually not only can be used for cooking, but also for healthy life. A recent study in the Journal of Nutrition showed that a mixture of spices in foods can increase metabolism in the body. Spices Boost Metabolism.

According to researchers, by adding a combination of various spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, garlic, and pepper into the food significantly helps reduce triglyceride levels and insulin.

"Antioxidants such as spices may be important in reducing oxidative of stress and thereby reduce the risk of chronic disease," said Sheila West from Penn State University and colleagues.

In the experiments, the researchers involved six men who have excess weight from 30 to 65 years old. In the first part, volunteers regularly consume
, white rice, cheese bread, and desserts such as biscuits. After about a week, the volunteers had switched to eating foods with spice mixture. Then the menu is processed into curry chicken, sandwiches with herbs and biscuits from cinnamon.

Furthermore, researchers took blood samples of participants before meal and every 30 minutes for nearly four hours later. They found that the addition of spices to significantly reduce the insulin response (21 percent) and triglycerides (31 percent), although no effect on glucose.

"This significant effect is likely due to the high concentration of phenolic antioxidants in spices," the researchers said.

They concluded that incorporate the spice into the daily diet can help to normalize impaired glucose before and after meals and homeostasis of fat while increasing antioxidant defenses. (

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