The spice cabinet
Majid Ali, M.D.
I am a “spices-enthusiast.” I coined the terms spiceology and spices-enthusiast. This should convince any skeptics about my passion for the use of spices for healthful aging, disease prevention, and reversal of chronic diseases.
More Independent research:
Spices and herbs are rich in antioxidants, which may help improve triglyceride concentrations and other blood lipids, according to Penn State nutritionists.
Triglyceride levels rise after eating a high-fat meal — which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease. If a high-antioxidant spice blend is incorporated into the meal, triglyceride levels may be reduced by as much as 30 percent when compared to eating an identical meal without the spice blend. The spiced meal included garlic powder, rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, paprika, turmeric, ginger and black pepper.
For Inflammatory bowel diseases
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs), consisting mainly of ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD), are important immune-mediated diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. The etiology of the disease includes environmental and genetic factors. Its management presents a constant challenge for gastroenterologists and conventional surgeon. 5-Amninosalicylates, antibiotics, steroids, and immune modulators have been used to reduce the symptoms and for maintenance of remission. Unfortunately, long-term usage of these agents has been found to lead to severe toxicities, which are deterrent to the users. Pre-clinical studies carried out in the recent past have shown that certain dietary agents, spices, oils, and dietary phytochemicals that are consumed regularly possess beneficial effects in preventing/ameliorating UC.1
Melanoma is the most malignant skin cancer and is highly resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Curcumin is a component of turmeric, the yellow spice derived from the rhizome of Curcuma longa. It has been demonstrated to modulate multiple cell signaling pathways, including apoptosis, proliferation, angiogenesis and inflammation.2
Anti-Inflammatory – Wound Healer
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a popular Indian spice that has been used for centuries in herbal medicines for the treatment of a variety of ailments such as rheumatism, diabetic ulcers, anorexia, cough and sinusitis. Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) is the main curcuminoid present in turmeric and responsible for its yellow color. Curcumin has been shown to possess significant anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, anti-coagulant and anti-infective effects. Curcumin has also been shown to have significant wound healing properties.3
How to add spice to your day
Have a Spicy Morning!
The best way to start a spicy day is to begin by choosing with one of the spicy breakfasts from among the following:
1. Dr. Ali’s Spicy Yogurt
Ingredients for Spicy Breakfast Yogurt for Two
Whole Milk Yogurt Eight ounces
Garlic powder One teaspoon
Ginger powder One-half teaspoon
Turmeric powder One-half teaspoon
Cayenne pepper powder One-fourth teaspoon
Cinnamon One-half teaspoon
Stevia sweetener To personal taste
(I use stevia equivalent to two teaspoons of sugar)
2. Dr. Ali’s Spicy Breakfast Protein Shake
Protein Powder: Two heaping tablespoons
Flaxseed Two heaping tablespoons
Lecithin (all natural) One heaping tablespoon
Garlic powder One teaspoon
Ginger powder One teaspoon
Turmeric One teaspoon
Coriander One teaspoon
Cinnamon One-half teaspoon
Vegetable juice, organic 15 ounces
Water 15 ounces or more to taste
3. Dr. Ali’s Spice Omelettes for Weight Loss and Diabetes Reversal
I offer several omelette recipes which can also be spiced according to your taste.
Ingredients for Dr. Ali’s Spicy Omelette for Two
Eggs Five large
Crushed Cayenne One-half teaspoons (increase or decrease to taste)
Garlic granules Two teaspoons
Ginger powder One teaspoons
Turmeric powder One teaspoon
Cumin seeds, white One-half teaspoons
Coriander One-half teaspoons
Butter One and one-and-half teaspoons
1. Beat eggs
2. Add crushed cayenne, and beat eggs some more
3. Spread butter on a heated pan
4. Saute chopped onions in the pan
5. Pour the egg mix on the pan
6. Wait until the underside of the egg is lightly browned
7. Divide the omelette “pie” into four parts with the cooking spatula (as you do a pizza pie with a knife).
8. Turn the egg over to lightly brown
I prefer the omelette prepared by following steps 7 and 8 closely. If a more lightly cooked omelette is desired, browning both sides lightly is the answer. Similarly, a lesser amount of butter gives a lighter omelette.
Enjoy, then, if desired, change amounts of ingredients to personalize your omelettes
Rotation of Egg Omelettes With Dr. Ali’s Breakfast
I suggest that above egg omelettes for breakfast be taken in rotation, on two to four days a week. Dr. Ali’s Breakfast (protein shake) should be considered for the remaining days of the week.
Have a Spicy Dinner!
I offer a library of spicy dinners with strong benefits for health preservation and reversal of chronic diseases.The following links to lots of recipes and explanations
Dr. Ali’s Start-Low-Build-Slow Principle
In all guidelines for natural remedies for preserving health and reversing chronic diseases, I strongly advise readers to follow my Start-Low-Build-Slow Principle. Simply stated, this principle requires that an individual in trying natural remedies be cautious and closely observe how the body responds to natural remedies, beginning with small amounts or portions of remedies (as low as one-tenth the value on the first day, and doubling them every day until the recommended dose is reached. If any negative senses are experienced, the item should be discontinued or taken in smaller amounts for longer periods of time to increase tolerance. It is important that a doctor be consulted to rule out the presence of serious coexisting or underlying conditions.
Suggested Rotation of Breakfast
I ask my patients to begin with the following rotation: spicy yogurts three times a week; spicy breakfasts shakes twice weekly, and spicy omelettes twice weekly. I then advise to change the number of days according to their taste, digestion, and convenience.
Spices Are Among the Best Oxygen-Delivery Substances
Spices included in my recipes are strong acid-fighters, antioxidants, gut fermentation blockers, blood cleansers, and arresters of pathogenic (disease-causing) inflammation. By their combined healing roles, spices are among the best oxygen-deliverers
Two Types of Inflammation
Inflammation is good. No healing is possible without it. Inflammation is bad. No disease process can begin or proceed without it. This is where spices truly shine. They promote healing (physiologic) inflammation and suppress disease-causing (pathologic) inflammation.
Here is something worth knowing. All forms of disease-causing inflammations begin with cellular fermentation. That, of course, means not enough functional oxygen. That is the scientific basis of my view that spices are among the best oxygen-bearers. For more info on this subject, please consider my article entitled “Fermentation: Good, Bad, and Ugly.”
So, be kind to your body so your body can be kind to you. Spice it.
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1. Saxena A, Kaur K, Hegde S, Kalekhan FM, Baliga MS, Fayad R. Dietary agents and phytochemicals in the prevention and treatment of experimental ulcerative colitis. J Tradit Complement Med. 2014 Oct;4(4):203-17. doi: 10.4103/2225-4110.139111.
2. Jiang AJ, Jiang G, Li LT, Zheng JN. Curcumin induces apoptosis through mitochondrial pathway and caspases activation in human melanoma cells. Mol Biol Rep. 2014 Sep 28. [Epub ahead of print]
3. Akbik D, Ghadiri M, Chrzanowski W, Rohanizadeh R. Curcumin as a wound healing agent. Life Sci. 2014 Oct 22;116(1):1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2014.08.016. Epub 2014 Sep 6.