Potential Health Benefits of Indian Spices in the Symptoms of the Metabolic Syndrome: A Review

Iyer, A, Panchal, S, Poudyal, H and Brown, L (2009) Potential Health Benefits of Indian Spices in the Symptoms of the Metabolic Syndrome: A Review. Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics, 46 6: 467-481.

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Author Iyer, A
Panchal, S
Poudyal, H
Brown, L
Title Potential Health Benefits of Indian Spices in the Symptoms of the Metabolic Syndrome: A Review
Journal name Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-1208
Publication date 2009-12-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 46
Issue 6
Start page 467
End page 481
Total pages 15
Editor S C Sharma
R S Jayasomu
Place of publication India
Publisher Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
920105 Digestive System Disorders
1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Abstract Spices used in Indian cooking have a long history of use as medicines to prevent and treat diseases. Many studies have confirmed that spices can be useful medicines, but the major challenge is now to provide scientific evidence and plausible mechanisms for their therapeutic responses. This review focuses on the therapeutic potential of Indian spices to treat multiple symptoms of the metabolic syndrome such as insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity, altered lipid profile and hypertension. The metabolic syndrome is prevalent and has become an important financial burden to the healthcare system in both developed and developing countries. Inflammation and oxidative stress have been proposed as initiators of the metabolic syndrome, especially of insulin resistance. Natural products with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties are found in spices. Adequate doses of these compounds may be effective in treating the metabolic syndrome. Testing these potential treatments requires adequate animal models, usually rodents, so the limitations of these models are important. Furthermore, this review highlights the need for adequate legislation and regulation to ensure the safety and success of evidence-based functional foods and nutraceuticals. Keywords: Spices, Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, Metabolic syndrome, Inflammation, Oxidative stress
Keyword Spices
Diabetes
Cardiovascular disease
Metabolic syndrome
Inflammation
Oxidative stress
Nutraceuticals
Food safety
Q-Index Code C1
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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