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In my research travels I discovered something interesting which led to something else interesting which led to something else. Rabbit tracks, in other words. I discovered where some of our tax dollars are wisely spent, PubMed, a massive National Institute of Health database. Anyone can access every study listed there. It’s a fantastic resource. (Link below.)

Did you know, for example, that in the 1500s nutmeg was used as an abortifacient to induce miscarriage? In the Swinging Sixties it was used to get high.

The toxic dose for nutmeg is two to three teaspoons. Yep, it can kill you.

Cinnamon can be dangerous, too, if you use the wrong kind. Most of the common stuff in the supermarkets is cassia cinnamon that contains coumarin. That’s a powerful blood thinner. A quarter teaspoon of cassia cinnamon a day several days a week might be toxic. The safer bet is Ceylon cinnamon which will always be labeled Ceylon.

Tarragon seems to be worrisome, too. A study on white blood cells in humans in 2013 suggested that tarragon might have some DNA damaging properties.

To counteract the bad news, four spices have powerful anti-inflammatory properties:

  • cloves
  • ginger
  • rosemary
  • turmeric

The more I do research on nutrition the more I realize that we consumers aren’t being told a whole bunch about the food we eat. Scary, hmm?

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

Other searchable public databases: https://www.report.nih.gov/searchable_public_databases/