ALLSPICE HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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HEALTH BENEFITS

Certain active principles in allspice have been found to have anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warmth and soothing), carminative, and anti-flatulent properties.

Pimento contains health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol, a phenylpropanoids class of chemical compound, which gives pleasant, sweet aromatic fragrances to this spice. It also contains caryophyllene, methyl eugenol, glycosides, tannins, quercetin, resin, and sesquiterpenes. At the processing units, these volatile essential oils are obtained through distillation process using this spice corn. The outer coat of the allspice berries is believed to have the greatest concentration of some of these medicinally important compounds.

As in black peppercorns, the active principles in the allspice may increase the motility of the gastrointestinal tract. They also aid in the digestion through facilitating enzyme secretions inside the stomach and intestines.

Eugenol has local anesthetic and antiseptic properties. It found useful in gum and dental treatment procedures. Recent research studies have revealed that a kind of traditional preparation made from a mixture of allspice oil, garlic extraction, and oregano can combat against E.coli, Salmonella and L.monocytogenes infections.

The spice composes good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, copper, selenium, and magnesium. Iron is an essential co-factor for cytochrome oxidase enzyme during cellular metabolism. It is also required for red blood cell production in the bone marrow. Potassium, being an important component of cell and body fluids, helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is utilized in the human body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

Further, this spice also carries a great amount of vitamin A, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin-C. Vitamin-C is a powerful natural antioxidant; regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.

Nutritional value

Nutritional value:  100 g

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

% RDA

Energy

263 cal

13%

Carbohydrates

72.12 g

55%

Protein

6.09 g

11%

Total Fat

8.69 g

29%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

21.6 g

54%

VITAMINS

Folates

36 µg

9%

Niacin

2.860 mg

18%

Pantothenic acid

0.210 mg

16%

Pyridoxine

0.210 mg

16%

Riboflavin

0.063 mg

8.5%

Thiamin

0.101 mg

2.5%

Vitamin A

540 IU

18%

Vitamin C

39.2 mg

65%

ELECTROLYTES

Sodium

77 mg

5%

Potassium

1044 mg

22%

MINERALS

Calcium

661 mg

66%

Copper

0.553 mg

61%

Iron

7.06 mg

88%

Magnesium

135 mg

34%

Manganese

2.943 mg

128%

Phosphorus

113 mg

16%

Zinc

1.01 mg

9%

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