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Spices are a potent and delicious tool in the anti-cancer kitchen, and a great variety have been shown to block the cancer-promoting signaling molecule Nuclear Factor Kappa Beta (NFKβ). In addition, each of them have unique cancer fighting roles.
Let’s highlight the lesser known spice – Cloves. A clove is the unopened bud of an evergreen clove tree, a native of the Indonesian spice islands. Dried to a deep brown, they look like tiny nails, hence their Latin root “clavus” meaning “nail”.
The aromatic and active component eugenol as well as the flavonoid kumatakenin have been, and still are, the subject of many health studies, including anti-cancer studies. These active components have been shown to
Other vital health benefits of cloves include:
During the Middle Ages cloves’ benefits in the kitchen were discovered. Still used all over the world you can find it in popular spice blends such as Indian Garam Masala, Chinese 5-Spice blend, as well as in Moroccan and French blends. The Germans use it in their mulled spice blend for their heated red wine drink Glühwein, a popular beverage at all the Christmas markets. In the US it is found in in Pumpkin and Apple pie spice blends.
Cloves can be used both in sweet and savory dishes. A little goes a long way as they are very pungent and spicy with a bitter aftertaste. Use them ground in Christmas baking, stud them in ham or oranges or even onions to add flavor to soup broths (makes whole clove removal easier) or add them to stews or meat roasts. Cloves are irresistible in Apple and other fruit pies.
HEALTHY SNACK: MIXED SPICED NUTS
Makes approx. 4-5 cups
Nuts are an excellent source of plant protein, healthy omega 3 fats and many vitamins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. Brazil nuts contain the highest level of selenium of any food which helps protect against cancer and also enables treatments such as radiation therapy be more effective as it has been shown to support cancer cell death (apoptosis). Nuts also help build body mass and strength as well as provide energy, all of vital importance when undergoing, or recovering from, conventional cancer treatments.
If you currently have a delicate digestive system, you may wish to combat the sometimes hard to digest anti-nutrients (lectins, phytates, enzyme inhibitors) contained in nuts, by either roasting or soaking the nuts prior to consumption.
Seasoning nuts with a variety of spices that have been shown to block the cancer-promoting signaling molecule Nuclear Factor Kappa Beta (NFKβ), makes this recipe a potent cancer-fighting snack.
Recipe adapted from “Healing Spices” by Bharat B Aggarwal, PhD w Debora Yost
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Healing Spices by Bharat B Aggarwal, Phd with Debora Yost, Sterling Press (2011)
Kirstin, received her Holistic Nutrition, Exercise and Mental Health Certification at the Institute for Naturopathic Health in Munich, Germany and is board certified by the American Association of Nutrition Consultants, accredited as a Holistic Health Coach by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.
Kirstin is an empathetic cancer mentor, speaker and educator who is passionate about helping people get out of cancer overwhelm by teaching them how to reclaim their lives. A two-time cancer survivor herself, she learned first hand the importance of an integrative and functional medicine approach to one’s health to facilitate true healing.
Kirstin offers individualized 1 on 1 mentoring, can be hired for inspirational speaking engagements and produces interactive virtual programs such as the Beyond Cancer Program™.
She is also the bestselling author of “Confessions of a Cancer Conqueror – My 5 Step Process to Transform Your Relationship with Cancer”, is a co-host for the #AllThingsCancer podcast, a monthly guest-blogger for The Anti-Cancer Club, has featured frequently in a variety of holistic Internet Radio Shows and online Podcasts and was a monthly contributing author for the online Sybil Magazine – For the Spirit and Soul of Woman.
Born in Switzerland, raised in Germany and South Africa, she now lives in NJ with her husband and two teenage children.
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