Nature’s Medicine Cabinet
SPICES FOR PHYTONUTRIENTS
People often tell me “everything in moderation.” But if someone has extreme Metabolic Syndrome, I feel that mantra is just as damaging as telling an alcoholic that same thing about having a glass of wine.
Animals have learned how to become fat and how to become thin. They do it in a tightly regulated way… Hibernating mammals will double their weight and fat in the fall in preparation for winter by consuming large amounts of fruits (bears eat a ton of berries). Animals develop all the features of metabolic syndrome that we do. They get fat. Their visceral fat goes up. They get fatty liver. Blood triglycerides go up. They get insulin-resistant. It’s a normal process.
NO FRUIT? How will I get nutrients? When I am asked if I eat fruits, I jokingly say of course! I eat avocado, olives, cucumber, coconut and tomatoes! But most people think I am a bit extreme when I limit most vegetable consumption for my clients too. To get keto adapted, even some low-starch vegetables may keep someone with a damaged metabolism out of ketosis. Which is why my Accelerated 30 day meal plans are so detailed with what low-starch vegetables, herbs and spices are allowed to get into ketosis fast while getting plenty of nutrients.
Fresh herbs like parsley, rosemary, oregano and basil are the most nutrient rich plants you can consume. For example, everyone thinks spinach is the perfect food, but fresh oregano has eight times the amount of antioxidants! Sure, we don’t eat a cup of oregano like we would spinach, but it does show that a little bit provides a huge benefit. Instead of consuming fruits and starchy veggies that have fructose and raise blood sugar quickly, I suggest using herbs and spices more often in your cooking preparations.
Vanilla beans are high in phenolic compounds which are potent antioxidants (as well as anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory). Most people often use vanilla extracts rather than the bean because it is easy to find and affordable. But if you are side stepping using real vanilla beans, you are missing out on some awesome antioxidants.
Extracts are made from infusing the bean in alcohol for an extended period of time. The process of infusion does allow antioxidants to seep into the alcohol extract so you are losing out on a lot of phytonutrients when you skip using the actual vanilla bean.
Vanilla was traditionally used as an aphrodisiac, and is also reputed to help patients with erectile dysfunction and loss of libido. Because of its calming properties, it’s thought to help reduce inflammation due to fever, and because of its high antioxidant content, may also be effective at fighting off the free radicals that can lead to cancer.
Benefits to the Skin
The benefits of vanilla in skin care products go far beyond the amazing scent. It is also great for:
Healing wounds: Historically vanilla was used to help heal wounds, and we now know that it has anti-inflammatory properties that may help to soothe and calm inflamed areas on the skin.
Antioxidant: As you can see on the chart above, vanilla is a great source of antioxidants. A 2007 study that profiled the extract found that the antioxidants were significant, stating, “The present study points toward the potential use of vanilla extract compounds as antioxidants for food preservation and in health supplements as nutraceuticals.” These antioxidants can also help protect skin from environmental dangers that can accelerate aging.
Acne and Antibacterial: Vanilla can help reduce skin infections and can reduce the bacteria that cause acne.
B vitamins: There are a lot of b-vitamins in vanilla, including niacin, which is a key nutrient in the maintenance of healthy skin. Thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid are also found in this tasty extract.
I keep a large pack in my fridge sealed tightly at all times for additions to desserts and even vegetables like my Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Vanilla-Pecan Butter.
Click HERE to find some on sale!
Other Herbs I love and recipes I use them in:
1. Basil: relieves gas and stomach pain.
Try my Shrimp with Lemon “Rice” and Crispy Basil
2. Black Pepper: relieves indigestion. Make sure to use quality pepper.
Try my keto Philly Cheesesteak.
3. Cayenne: known to stop a heart attack.
4. Dill: Treat heartburn, colic and gas.
Try my Egg Salad Mini Sandwiches.
5. Rosemary: antioxidants, helps pull calcium into bone broth.
Try my “Healthified” Chicken Dumpling Soup.
6. Oregano: soothes stomach muscles.
Try my “Healthified” Pizza-Roni.
7. Cinnamon: lowers blood pressure, lowers blood sugar.
8. Ginger: Anti-Nausea.
9. Garlic: Lowers Blood pressure, natural anti-septic.
Try my Skordalia (Greek “Potato” and Garlic Dip).
10. Fenugreek: Flushes out toxins.
11. Clove: antimicrobial.
Try my “Healthified” Pumpkin Donuts.
12. Sage: antibiotic and antiseptic.
Try my Brown Butter Mushrooms.
13. Thyme: relaxes respiratory muscles.
14. Turmeric: anti-cancer.
Try my Curry “Rice” and Coconut Chicken.
15. Cilantro: detoxes body of heavy metal toxicity.
Try my Tender Cilantro Chicken.
16. Mint: helps relieve sore throats, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, indigestion and also is very anti-inflammatory.
Try my Sugar Free Mint Ice Cream.
HERB TIP: Add to homemade salad dressings and appetizers!
Testimonies of the Day
30 Day Accelerated Testimony (Couple lost over 100 pounds together!): Hi Maria!! I would like to thank you for all you do! I have been following your plan for 3 1/2 months and have lost 42#! I have no more blood pressure meds, headaches or heartburn/acid reflux! People are always asking what I am doing and I tell them about you. They freak out that I don’t eat fruit but the results speak for themselves! Thank you again Maria you are the best!!” – Marci
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Phone client update from Linda this morning!: “Ok darling, Eating this way has COMPLETELY eliminated my cravings for ALL things sweet. In fact, i kind of get sick to my stomach if i think about chocolate. Or wine. Secondly, I do not have an appetite at all, and do not get hungry.
And I can only have two meals a day and IF naturally.
So bizarre, 6 weeks ago I would have laughed.
And I am in ketosis per my reader.
And I am down 2 pounds from Saturday.
And I have loads of energy.
And mental clarity.
And I am so very very very happy and thankful for u!!!!!!!!!
LOVE U!!!!” Linda
Caffeine Testimony from a Phone Client: “Morning! I just wanted to share quick about the coffee, thing! I’ve given it up for almost two weeks, and could it be possible that I would assist in my weight loss slump ending? Pounds have been rolling off again! I’m a happy camper!”
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Fantastic post, Maria. Thank you. This one is a treasure.
Adam Nally, D.O.
Thanks Adam! 🙂
Have you read the amazon review of the vanilla beans???
I removed that one. The first one listed there is great! 🙂
Hi Maria! I’m a mid-distance runner/weightlifter, and just ending my first 14 days of the Veg/Egg program. I’ve had to cut my runs short because of lack of stamina since starting the program, and I’ve not had the power behind my workouts that I’m used to. I know that this will pass (I was the ultimate sugar-burner prior), but I’m wondering..should I be even TRYING to work out like normal as my body adapts? How long do you suppose it will take until I feel normal on my runs? I sooo appreciate any insights you can offer. I’m a little nervous about this situation.
It is ok to work out, just don’t push yourself too hard for 2-4 weeks as your body adapts. Then your energy will soar. Also stay hydrated (lots of water, salt and potassium). 🙂
This is fantastic information. I think I’ll print this list out and hang it in the kitchen. Thanks, Maria!
Do you have a proofreader? I suggest you get one. This post has many mistakes. I love your content, but your credibility is lowered when you make so many simple grammar and spelling mistakes. (This is not the first time I’ve noticed but I couldn’t let it go without saying something.)
I’ve offered to proofread for them for free, but so far it appears they’re not interested.
A bit of OCD? Perhaps Maria knows of some herbs that can help uncontrollable urges?
I’m a little disappointed to not see cilantro on the list. Is it not as high in antioxidants?
There are many other great herbs and vitamins. Just tried to include some of the top ones. 🙂
Cilantro is on the list. #15. 🙂
hi maria, guess what I found a tea that has holy basil (tulsi) in it and I snatched it up. it was loose leaf. I thought ths might be a nice way to get some nutrients into me, what do you think? it also has ginger and lemon and it is dryed with no additives, or no crystalized ginger or lemon and it was organic. it was just dried. do you think that would be good too. YOU ARE GREAT MARIA, I WOULD TAKE YOUR TYPOS ANY DAY FOR FREE USEDFUL INFORMATION. thank you for helping me to get healthy. you are very generous. thank you.
Thanks! It sounds like a good option. 🙂
This tea sounds great. Is it available online? Do you have a link for it?
hello there Adam, this is Janet. I found it at a tea shop. it was loose leaf tea. the full name is organic tulsi (holy basil) ginger lemon. completely dried with no crystalized ginger or lemon (so no sugar). I couldn’t believe it. hope that helps.
Thanks Janet. I was able to find it online.
I JUST SIGNED UP FOR THE 60 DAY MEAL PLAN! WOW! EVERYONE SHOULD DO IT! LOTS OF GOOD INFO! thanks maria
is keto clarity book coming out soon? it was described in your keto adapted book. can’t wait
It is out now! 🙂
hi maria, can you recommend any books on reading about herbs and spices and also their nutritional value. thanks so much. I want to learn more.
Ginger is also an alternative form of Cox-2 inhibitor, so it’s great for those who normally have need of aspirin or Celebrex.
Speaking of inflammation, curcumin (found in turmeric), fish oil, and GLA (from black currant seed oil) help relieve it.
Nature’s aspirin = white willow bark.
you are so nice, thank you for that information. I appreciate it.. can you recommend a good book on these spices and herbs and their nutrional and holistic value. thanks again
This book is great. 🙂
Where can I find your AMAZING BREAD recipe?
It is in my new combined book. 🙂
Maria, when is the best time of day to take resveratrol? And what dosing will be effective? Thank you
200mg at breakfast, lunch and dinner is a good place to start. 🙂
Hi Maria 🙂
A.) What’s the highest safest dosage of GABA? B.) Can GABA be taken with 5HTP and a probiotic at night? In regards to the first question, I’m a little scared to take the full 2 grams before bed (in order to to raise HGH levels) because when I took a 1 gram dosage I felt very strange for about 5 minutes. I took my probiotic with it that time, so maybe I’ll move the probiotic to earlier in the evening so there’s not too much serotonin being secreted. I’m not sure if that’s even the case lol but for my second question B.) I’m also scared to add in the 5 htp because I’m worried it and the GABA together will be too strong? Not sure if I’m being paranoid or if I actually really do need these supplements in my life. I read about serotonin syndrome and obviously don’t want too much serotonin being secreted! But I want to maximize HGH levels and I want to wake up feeling rested (I don’t have issues sleeping, just issues feeling refreshed in the morning.) Thank you for all that you do and know!!!!!
Hi, It depend on the person and their needs. Proper dosing is done with my health assessment. A typical amount is 750mg. Not sure where you got 2 grams from, that is pretty high. GABA and 5-HTP are fine together and I prescribe this for clients all the time (if not on antidepressants). You do have to monitor your symptoms and adjust as needed as your body heals. 🙂
Ok, thank you so much,how much is the health assessment?
It is right here. 😉
Was hoping this post could help… have been on your 30 day advanced and am on week 5- yesterday and today have had a headache that won’t go away- it is behind my right eye brow. Is there anything to bring me relief as I head into day 2 of this headache instead of advil?
(I do drink pink salt water every morning, drink my water during the day and get potassium. )
I would add magnesium glycinate. You can take before bed. 🙂
I second that!
YOU ARE GREAT MARIA, I WOULD TAKE YOUR TYPOS ANY DAY FOR FREE USEDFUL INFORMATION. thank you for helping me to get healthy.
What brand Turmeric do you recommend? Thanks…….I, too, find your info sooooo helpful. You are pretty awesome to be so passionate about helping others.
I love this one: http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20/detail/B0009EQNN0