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Healing Spices Book Receives ABC's Duke Award for Consumer and Popular Books Category
Date:3/7/2012

are one of the best ways to do that. Vasco de Gama and Christopher Columbus, way back in the 15th century—even they knew spices were good for something. Here, 500 years later, we still have no doubt that they are good for something, but the question is how to use them in everyday life. That's where I thought I could help."

Dr. Aggarwal was approached by a publisher 2 years ago to create a book on the health benefits of various spices. At the time, he was assisting McCormick—the largest spice maker in the United States—with a website called Spices for Health.

Healing Spices covers 50 common spices and their beneficial qualities. The book provides detailed historical information, medicinal uses, and some recipes. It is organized as a user-friendly guide to the healing properties of spices and offers descriptions of specific ailments and conditions that can benefit from each spice.

Dr. Duke, who keeps Healing Spices on his bookshelf of most-frequently used books, said that Dr. Aggarwal's book "is important to medical botany … [and] will appeal to most health-concerned readers."

Healing Spices has been received so well that its publisher has already asked for a follow-up book. "Knowing about spices is one thing, but knowing how to use them is something else," said Dr. Aggarwal. "We are talking about a cookbook now; a healthy spice cookbook to teach people how to use spices."

In addition to his research on spices, Dr. Aggarwal has identified more than 50 compounds from dietary sources and traditional medicinal herbs that interrupt cell-signaling inflammatory pathways; some of these have been subjected to animal testing and have started human clinical trials. If he were to recommend one spice for daily use, he says he would recommend turmeric, which contains important anti-inflammatory compounds known as curcuminoids.

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