I have mentioned before some of the supplements I take, Vitamin D3 & K2, Nattokinase and Vitamin C to name three. The problem with supplementing is that they can come with their own side effects. I have become increasingly convinced that the Vit C supplement is giving me an irritable stomach. There is also the undoubted fact that getting these nutrients from natural food sources is preferred as you derive the synergistic effect of all the various components of the food. Spices are a natural food source for some of the micro nutrients we often seek in supplement form and indeed for some medications.
Take Aspirin, long prescribed for thinning the blood for heart attack patients.Aspirin has also been shown to reduce incidence of many cancers, colon cancer being one such cancer. The ingredient that is attributed with cancer reducing qualities is Salicylic Acid but it seems we can glean this ingredient from a number of foods and spices. The top dog however in the Salicylic Acid stakes is Cumin. It is thought that the low incidence of colon Cancer among Indians could be attributed to the liberal use of this spice in their food. Now I love a curry but the thought of consuming one every day is a little too much. I have however found an alternative way to get a daily shot of Cumin and that is to put it into my morning porridge. It does not adversely alter the taste, especially when I have chopped my Kiwi fruit in, but it does mean that you are getting a daily shot of this important spice and the Salicylic Acid without the risk of stomach or brain bleeds that Aspirin can present. One other tip, add a pinch of black pepper to your porridge. Trials have shown that black pepper inhibits the livers capacity to get rid of the Curcumin and hence boosts levels of curcumin in the blood stream by 2000% (yes thats two thousand !)