Allspice Benefits

Health Benefits of Allspice

I am Mrs. V. Manimozhi. I am going to tell you  about the BENEFITS OF ALLSPICE. I have done a lot of research on this article and collected some valuable information on Allspice. Come with me I am going to enlighten you on its benefits.

Allspice as its name erroneously suggests, allspice is not a mixture or blend of several different spices. It is a spice which is the dried unripe "berries” of Pimenta dioica , a mid-canopy tree native to the Greater Antilles southern Mexico and Central America. But now it is cultivated in many warm parts of the world. Allspice, also called Jamaica pepper or new spice The name "Allspice" was coined in1621 by English, who thought it combined the flavour of cinnamon nutmeg and cloves.

Nutritional Value of Allspice:
Amount of Allspice: 1 tbsp (6 grams)
Calories – 16
Total fat -   1g
Saturated fat – 0g
Cholesterol   - 0mg
Sodium -5mg
Potassium – 63mg
Total carbohydrates -4g
Dietary fiber – 1g
Sugars – g
Protein – 0g

Nutritional & Health Benefits Of Allspice:
1. Allspice is known for its carminative, anti-inflammatory, warming, soothing and anti-flatulent properties. For the same reason, it is often used in tonics, giving the feeling of well being to an individual

2. The spice is known to have aromatic and sweet smell and hence it forms an important condiment in kitchens, toothpastes, and other products across the world

3. It is a good source of niacin, helping the body in detoxifying harmful compounds.

4. The vitamin C present in allspice is a powerful natural antioxidant that aids in providing resistance against infectious agents.

5. It is enriched with good amount of iron that is required for red cell production in the bone marrow.

6. Allspice is a good source of potassium that helps the body to control heart rate and blood pressure.

7. The good amount of manganese present in it is used as a co-factor for the powerful antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase, by the body.

8. Eugenol present in allspice has local anesthetic and antiseptic properties that are very useful in gum and dental treatment procedures. However, it is beneficial when taken in small amounts only.

9. It is also known to increase digestion power, by increasing gastro-intestinal secretions.

10. Allspice berry has been claimed to be therapeutically useful in treating flatulence and indigestion in traditional medicine.

11. It is very useful in colds, diabetes, diarrhea, fatigue, hysterical paroxysms, and menstrual cramps.

12. Crushed Allspice berries have been applied topically to treat bruises and soothe sore joints and muscles.

13. The consumption of allspice with meals can result in stronger digestion, can reduce gas, bloating, and can ease nausea.

14. It can prevent wild, unhealthy swings in your blood sugar levels.

15. This can be particularly helpful if you are trying to tame your appetite in an effort to lose weight.

16. Allspice is also a great natural remedy for mild pain relief.

17. A hot beverage or tea made from Allspice can be drunk to relieve pain caused by menstrual cramps, mild headaches, muscle and joint soreness, arthritis, and toothaches.

18. Drinking allspice can also help you to relax your body and mind, and can be a wonderful drink to consume before bedtime or whenever you desire to simply unwind.

19. Additionally, allspice oil can be applied in very small amount the area in pain.

20. You can also add some Allspice oil to a hot bath to relieve general body aches and pains.

Culinary uses of Allspice:
Allspice is famous for being the main ingredient of the “Jamaican jerk spice” (a marinade mixture.) It is also used in different types of Cuisines like:
1. Used in flavouring meats and poultry, especially pork and chicken.
2. In Caribbean soups, stews and curries.
3. In pickling mixtures.
4. In chutneys, jams, pickles, preserves and marinades.
5. In mulled wine and other type of hot punch or beverage.
6. In cakes and biscuits.
7. In milk puddings and desserts.
8. In fruit pies, crumbles, compotes and sauces.
9. In bean soups or pulse dishes.
10. In sausage mixture and meat pies or pasties.
11. In meat rubs and marinades.
12. In ice creams and alcoholic liquors.
13. In flavouring chocolate or hot chocolate.

Cautions:
1. Excessive use of allspice can lead to seizures. In addition, it can result in nausea, appetite loss, vomiting, and stomach discomfort.

2. It is advisable not to combine Allspice with drugs, as it can result in unwanted side effects. Strictly avoid taking it with mineral supplements, especially iron.

3. It should not be used during chronic digestive disease, like duodenal ulcers, reflux disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel, and diverticulosis.

4. Individuals with history of cancer or those who are in risk of cancer should not use Allspice as Eugenol, a substance found in it, can promote cancer.

5. Excessive use of it can also lead to skin rashes and other skin problems. Hence, people with skin allergies should not take allspices in their food.

6. Allspices should be avoided during pregnancy and breast feeding.

Storage Tips:
Allspice can be bought in the form of whole berries or powder, as per individual’s choice. However, the whole berries can be kept for a longer time and produce more flavor when freshly grounded before using.

Allspice whole or powdered should be stored in cool, dark and dry place. While its powder can stay fresh for about 6 months and in its whole form, it can last up to a year.

Though Allspice gives a distinctive flavor to every food to which it is added - like tomato sauce, pork marinades, stews, barbecue and even desserts .Let us use it in moderation and enjoy its Goodness.

Authors brief Biodata: I am Mrs.V. ManiMozhi teacher by profession. I am good at conducting Quiz competitions, compering for school functions and Annual days. I love drawing and painting. I am a good cook. I am doing a diploma in counseling at present.

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