For the small study, twelve men between the ages of 40 and 65 were examined.
The participants suffered from overweight or obesity and had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.
This sample was selected for the study because the people in these demographic groups tend to have a higher risk of harmful results, the researchers report.
A randomized, controlled trial from Pennsylvania State University found that a mixture of spices can reduce inflammation markers in the body.
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The results of the study were published in the English-language journal “Journal of Nutrition”.
By adding spices to your meals, you reduce inflammation markers in the body.
According to a recent study, this not only makes the dishes more tasty, but also improves the health benefits of your food.
What was examined?
How can we protect ourselves from inflammation in the body?
In random order, each participant ate three versions of a high-saturated fat and carbohydrate meal on three different days.
It was a meal without spices, one with two grams of spice mix and one with six grams of spice mix.
The researchers took blood samples every hour for four hours before and then after each meal to measure inflammation markers.
In addition, the research group cultured and stimulated white blood cells to make cells respond to an inflammatory stimulus, similar to how the body would fight infection.
What kind of participants were examined?
In their study, the researchers wanted to find out whether a combination of spices that people are already familiar with and that can be used in a single meal can have a positive effect.
After analyzing the data, the research group found that the so-called inflammatory cytokines were reduced after the meal with six grams of spices compared to the meal with two grams of spices or without spices.
Six grams is about a teaspoon to a tablespoon of spices, depending on how dehydrated the spices were.
Over the past few years, it has been found that inflammation can skyrocket after eating a high-fat or high-sugar meal.
It is not yet clear whether these short bursts, which are called acute inflammation, can cause chronic inflammation.
However, there is a suspicion that the outbreaks play an important role, especially in people who are overweight or obese, the researchers explain.
Previous research has linked a variety of different spices, such as ginger and turmeric, to anti-inflammatory properties.
In addition, chronic inflammation has so far been associated with negative health effects such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, overweight and obesity
Spices can improve the taste of food and at the same time are a way to make a meal high in fat or carbohydrates healthier, the research group reports.
According to the study, it cannot be said whether only certain spices lead to the advantages mentioned above.
However, the spice mix used in the study appeared to be beneficial.
This consisted of basil, bay leaf, black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, ginger, oregano, parsley, red pepper, rosemary, thyme and turmeric.