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spice

Why do some people like spicy foods, but not others?

12 Jun 2017

Spicy foods contain a chemical called capsaicin, which activates a receptor found in your mouth and on your tongue called a TRPV1 receptor. There is some variation in the sensitivity of these...

Nutmeg is a drug?

20 May 2017

Nutmeg is a spice introduced to Europe by the Arabs during the middle ages. Its essential oil has been used topically to treat arthritis pain and orally with small amounts of honey or sugar, to...

Intravenous turmeric

24 Mar 2017

Turmeric is generally used as a spice but it has garnered a reputation as a virtually magical substance when used as a dietary supplement. It is said to treat arthritis, heartburn, Crohn’s disease,...