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Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices in Aging Adults 

Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices in Aging Adults
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Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices in Aging Adults
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Linda C. Tapsell

and Elizabeth P. Neale

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199380862.003.0003
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date: 19 October 2020

Research on the contribution of herbs and spices in promoting healthy aging in adults has focused on clinical and behavioral outcomes. Much of the research addresses the potential role of cinnamon in ameliorating blood glucose level and, to a certain extent, blood lipids. Curcumin found in turmeric may impact cognitive function, although human research is limited. There is potential for garlic to be involved in cholesterol reduction, but the best effects are likely to be seen in the context of the whole diet, such as the Mediterranean cuisine. There is evolving evidence on the impact of capsaicin (found in chili) on energy balance, and the inclusion of mixed herbs in meals is proving beneficial in supporting an overall healthy diet, which forms the cornerstone of healthy aging.

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