Top 10 Best Cancer Fighting Spices (Part 3: Cinnamon and Rosemary)

What is Cinnamon and Rosemary? 

When my children were little I used to pick up my daughter and teller her that she was, “Sugar and spice and everything nice”.  Cinnamon is a sweet herb and rosemary brings the flavor of meat, soups and almost anything to a whole new level of flavor.

Some herbs and spices are more masculine like onions and garlic.  Today’s superfood spices are everything female.

Today we are going to look at 5 & 6.  Someone asked me, why Oregano was #10, the numbers are only numbers, they are not a grade.

As a reminder, here are the, Cancer Free Living, Top 10 Best Cancer Fighting Spices:

  1. Turmeric
  2. Ginger
  3. Garlic
  4. Saffron
  5. Rosemary
  6. Cinnamon
  7. Parsley
  8. Cilantro
  9. Basil
  10. Oregano

History of Rosemary

How long has it been known that Rosemary is good for the memory?

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia says, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” (Hamlet, iv. 5.)1

Rosemary originated in the Mediterranean area.  Hunter gathers brought some home to help flavor the evening meal.  They discovered that it not only made the meal taste better it improved digestion and gall bladder function.  (Ok, maybe the cave dude did not realize all of this.)  Rosemary grew wild in and around the Mediterranean Sea.  The Roman’s carried Rosemary to the British Islands where it became eternally famous, thanks to Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  In the U.S. it grows best in the moderate temperature parts of the country; it cannot withstand a temperature of 00F.  Rosemary can function as a hedge that grows as tall as six feet.  It is an easy superfood to grow and a blessing for all, especially women.

A study by Moss, Cook, Wesnes, and Duckett (2003) confirming the effectiveness of inhaling Rosemary, as an essential oil.  It enhanced primary and secondary memories of test participants2.

Rosemary and Cancer:

Rosemary appears to fight with two primary chemicals, caffeic acid and rosemarinic acid.  They are both powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.  The Allopathic medicine’s go to drug for breast cancer, Tamoxifen, tends to block the effects of estrogen and has a lot of side effects.  Rosemary is a safe, natural, powerful alternative to Tamoxifen.  Rosemary is a girl’s best friend, it is proving to be able to suppress the development of tumors in several organs including the colon, breast, liver, stomach, melanoma and leukemia cells.4   It is astonishing to realize that a naturally occurring hormone, floating around half the population of the world, can cause cancer.  Women, this is where Rosemary should be your best friend, when estradiol and estrone are out of balance during hormonal changes, the liver increases oxidation of these hormones and balances your system.  This can save your breasts and your reproductive organs from cancer.5

 How to eat Rosemary

With rosemary, fresh is always best.  Fortunately, I have 4 bushes that form a hedge along my driveway.  If you want some for dinner stop by a local spice store or investigate the spice section of your grocer; buy it still on the stem.  Dried rosemary seems to lose something in the drying process.  It is great on most high protein meals like omelets and frittatas, soups, mixed in salads, and cooked with veggies.6

There is an essential oil made from rosemary and many great studies have shown remarkable results for skin and other applications.  Here is a website that has a couple suggestions: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/rosemary-essential-oil

I use rosemary, in a tincture form, and put a couple drops into my water each morning.  Very refreshing and helps with the memory.

The History of Cinnamon:

Did you know that 90% of all the Ceylon cinnamon in the world comes from Shri Lanka?  Here is a short video that explains how cinnamon is grown, harvested and processed:

There are 2 types of cinnamon, Ceylon and Cassia.  Ceylon is the original name for the island of Shri Lanka.  Cassia originates from China and Burma.  Cinnamon oil is mentioned in the Bible, Exodus 30:23 as a holy anointing oil.  Cinnamon oil was so rare and expensive that it is not to be poured over the anointed one but to be carefully touched to the lips or the forehead.  Ancient Egyptians records mention cinnamon in their embalming practice.  This was most likely Cassia cinnamon.

The Arabs first discovered the island of Ceylon around 2000 B.C., and kept it a secret until the Portuguese invaded the island near 1600 AD.7   Ceylon is said to be sweeter, and has a less bitter taste.  Cassia is primarily produced in Indonesia, has a stronger smell and flavor.  It is usually less expensive and thus more popular.

Cinnamon and Cancer:

Cinnamon is a woman’s superfood herb/spice.  Cinnamon made into an Aqueous Cinnamon Extract – cassia (ACE-c) can be looked at as a potent chemopreventive drug in cervical cancer8.

In another study cinnamon induced cancer cell death by starving the cell of its blood supply.9

How to best consume Cinnamon:

I sprinkle it into my coffee each morning.  It is part of my ‘brown rice milk’ receipt. I saw a commercial on TV with cinnamon being “GREAT” as part of your breakfast cereal.  With the tests demonstrating cinnamon leveling blood sugar, healing cancer, and refreshing your breath it is no wonder this superfood spice was once more expensive than gold.

Another great way to consume cinnamon is through the essential oil.  The oil can be infused into the air for a wonderful air fresher or used topically as a perfume or skin irritant relief.

Lastly, I would like to quote from an NIH.GOV article: “Cinnamon used as a spice and flavoring agent, cinnamon is also added to flavor chewing gums due to its mouth refreshing effects and ability to remove bad breath.   Cinnamon can also improve the health of the colon, thereby reducing the risk of colon cancer11.”

Today we studied two amazing superfood spices/herbs that focus primarily on women.  Please take time and investigate how you can integrate Rosemary and Cinnamon into your diet.

This information is important for all your friends and family.  Please share this post on your face book page and let me know how it has improved your life.

References:

  1. http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/yabbse/index.php?/topic/9622-rosemary-for-your-memory/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12690999
  3. http://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/blog/2014/10/07/cancer-preventive-possibilities-rosemary-and-other-herbs
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21955093
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9806165
  6. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=75
  7. http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/cinnamons-spicy-history
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20482751
  9. https://www.researchgate.net/figure/45284911_fig1_Treatment-of-cinnamon-extract-inhibits-the-growth-of-various-cancer-cells-Cinnamon-05
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4003790/

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