Hot Spices Smooth Metabolism
If you like spicy cuisines then you might just get some benefits for your body. According to a study by researchers, it was found that a spicy dinner can be good for the body’s metabolism. Adding spicy seasoning like turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary, oregano, garlic powder, and peppers can reduce triglycerides and insulin levels in the body.
“Such spices are very important to reduce the rate of oxidation as well as reducing the risk of chronic disease,” said Sheila West of the State University and colleagues in the online journal, the Journal of Nutrition, according to ABC News.
Those spices have high antioxidant properties. The researchers therefore conducted a study by adding 14 grams of spice that have high levels of antioxidants in foods with 1,200 calories to see their effects on metabolism.
Six healthy men who were overweight was included by researchers in an experiment, they had an age range of 30-65 years old. Initially, they gave the six men coconut chicken, white rice, bread cheese and crackers. A week later, the food given was changed into chicken curry, typical Italian bread and cinnamon biscuits.
West and his team took blood samples of the six people before eating and every 30 minutes after eating for four hours.
The results showed that the addition of spices lowers insulin and triglycerides, although there was no effect on glucose. Insulin levels was decreased by 21 percent and triglycerides by 31 percent after eating spicy foods.
“These results are caused by a high content of phelonik antioxidants in spices,” says the researcher. Spicy foods do not cause negative effects on the digestive tract and the study participants had equal satisfaction with both dishes.
West and his team wrote that the decrease in triglyceride levels is in line with experiments using tea, which is delaying gastric emptying and direct inhibition of lipase in the pancreas. While the decrease in insulin is consistent with studies of cinnamon. Polyphenol in the spice improve insulin sensitivity.
They also added that spices should be examined separately from each other to look at the effects respectively. They concluded that adding spices in the daily diet can normalize impaired glucose after lunch and lipid balance when increasing the resilience of antioxidants.
“However, the study is limited to small samples and further research is needed to examine the effects in larger samples and more diverse populations,” said the scientists.