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i eat a lot of spices – is that bad?

Posted by jeanne on July 18, 2011

i eat a lot of spices.  i got it into my head that spices are good for you, and started doubling up whenever i made a pumpkin pie or a batch of oatmeal cookies.  and then i started making home made ice cream for diabetics, altered a recipe for ‘chocolate for grownups’ to suit, and tripled and fourpled the spices simply because they’re hard to taste when cold.

i filled an empty mrs. dash shaker (jumbo size) with a spice mixture that i made up out of tubs of ground spice.  it was the usual, cinammon, cloves and nutmeg, and at one point i had cookies with cardamom in them and loved it, so i added a good dose of that.  and then i found some powdered ginger one day, and stuck that in too.

the last time i made ice cream, i shook in half a cup of my ground spice mixture, along with a heaping tsp of chili powder and an ounce of pulverized coffee.  this is for a half gallon of ice cream.

and we love it.  we’ve been eating it for over a year, every night.  it’s type-2 diabetic for thin-variant type 2s, so eating it doesn’t raise anybody’s blood sugar.  it’s not very sweet at all, and whenever i forcefeed a guest with a tiny taste they make a face, so it can’t be very sweet at all.  it’s got lots of fat – a lot of milkfat and a bunch of coconut oil to help fatten up a thin type 2 diabetic with low cholesterol and no heart troubles.  i’ve posted the recipe elsewhere.

recently 100% of the people eating this ice cream have developed sore, painful joints in the morning.  in the last month or two.  analyzing our diets, i wonder if maybe i’m not dosing us with too many spices.  and that maybe the spices are causing arthritis symptoms.

so i am here to check it out.

cinnamon

In addition to diabetes, Cassia cinnamon is used for gas (flatulence), muscle and stomach spasms, preventing nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, and loss of appetite.

Some people use it for erectile dysfunction (ED), hernia, bed-wetting, joint conditions, menopausal symptoms, menstrual problems, and to cause abortions. Cassia cinnamon is also used for chest pain, kidney disorders, high blood pressure, cramps, cancer, and as a “blood purifier.”

It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken in large amounts, long-term. Taking large amounts of cassia cinnamon might cause side effects in some people. Cassia cinnamon can contain large amounts of a chemical called coumarin. In people who are sensitive, coumarin might cause or worsen liver disease.

When applied to the skin, cassia cinnamon can sometimes cause skin irritation and allergic skin reactions.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of cassia cinnamon during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Cassia cinnamon can affect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully, if you have diabetes and use cassia cinnamon in amounts larger than the amounts normally found in food.

Liver disease: Cassia cinnamon contains some chemicals that might harm the liver. If you have liver disease, don’t take cassia cinnamon in amounts larger than the amounts normally found in food.

Surgery: Cassia cinnamon might affect blood sugar and might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking cassia cinnamon at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
from webmd

cloves

Clove is used for upset stomach and as an expectorant. Expectorants make it easier to cough up phlegm. Clove oil is used for diarrhea, hernia, and bad breath. Clove and clove oil are used for intestinal gas, nausea, and vomiting.

Clove is applied directly to the gums (used topically) for toothache, for pain control during dental work, and for a complication of tooth extraction called “dry socket.” It is also applied to the skin as a counterirritant for pain and for mouth and throat inflammation. In combination with other ingredients, clove is also applied to the skin as part of a multi-ingredient product used to keep men from reaching orgasm too early (premature ejaculation).
from webmd

In general, the use of cloves is regarded as safe for food use; however, when taken in large doses in its undiluted oil form or in clove cigarettes, side effects may occur.  These include the following:

  • Vomiting
  • Sore Throat
  • Seizure
  • Sedation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hematemesis
  • Kidney Failure
  • Liver damage
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Prolonged ejaculation
  • Seizure
  • Stomach irritation

Although the most common complaint of large doses of cloves is GI upset, those with kidney or liver disorders should avoid large doses of cloves.  Serious side effects are more commonly reported in young children.  There is insufficient evidence for cloves and its use in pregnancy or nursing.

Those with bleeding disorders and those taking medications that thin the blood, may be at risk for increased bleeding if ingesting cloves or clove oil.  There has been one reported case of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) in a patient using cloves by mouth. 

If clove oil is applied to the skin or inside the mouth, the patient can experience burning, loss of sensation, tissue damage and an increased risk of cavities and sore lips.  Burns and contact dermatitis (rash) is more common if using undiluted clove oil directly on the skin or mouth.

There is a chance the clove oil taken orally may lower blood sugar levels based on an infant case.  Therefore, those with diabetes or hypoglycemia or those taking drugs or supplements that affect blood sugar are cautioned against the use of clove oil and blood glucose levels may need to be monitored and medication adjustments made as needed.
from altmed

nutmeg

Nutmeg and mace are used for diarrhea, nausea, stomach spasms and pain, and intestinal gas. They are also used for treating cancer, kidney disease, and trouble sleeping (insomnia); increasing menstrual flow; causing a miscarriage; as a hallucinogen; and as a general tonic.

Nutmeg and mace are applied to the skin to kill pain, especially pain caused by achy joints (rheumatism), mouth sores, and toothache.

In foods, nutmeg and mace are used as spices and flavorings.

Nutmeg and mace are UNSAFE in doses larger than amounts found in foods. Side effects such as thirst, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, feelings of pressure in the chest or stomach, dry mouth, stomach pain, and many other problems might occur in some people. More serious side effects might include hallucinations, seizures, and death.
from webmd

cardamom

Cardamom is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), intestinal gas, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite. It is also used for common cold, cough, bronchitis, sore mouth and throat, and tendency toward infection. Some people use cardamom as a stimulant and for urinary problems.

The cardamom seed can trigger gallstone colic (spasmodic pain).
from webmd

ginger

Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite.

Other uses include treating upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis.

Fresh ginger is used for treating acute bacterial dysentery, baldness, malaria, poisonous snake bites, rheumatism, migraineheadache, and toothaches.

Dried ginger is used for chest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain.

Some people pour the fresh juice on their skin to treat burns. The oil made from ginger is sometimes applied to the skin to relieve pain.

Some people can have mild side effects including heartburn, diarrhea, and general stomach discomfort. When ginger is applied to the skin, it may cause irritation.

Bleeding disorders: Taking ginger might increase your risk of bleeding. Avoid using it.

Diabetes: Ginger might lower your blood sugar. As a result, your diabetes medications might need to be adjusted by your healthcare provider.

Heart conditions: High doses of ginger might worsen some heart conditions. Don’t use ginger if you have a heart condition.
from webmd

in general, these spices are good for you, and help regulate or lower blood sugar, and most of them are blood thinners.  they’re good for digestion, pain, and seem to be some sort of sex aid, possibly topical (i saw one ingredient list containing toad venom).

so that’s not what’s making my hands and feet sore in the morning.  maybe it’s old age.

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