Allspice: A Powerful Spice

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Allspice, also called Jamaica pepper, pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta, pimento, English pepper or newspice, is the dried unripe fruit (“berries”, used as a spice) of Pimenta dioica. 

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Allspice plant

The follow compounds are found in Allspice:

Compounds in Allspice

Allspice 
CatagoryCompound
Eugenol
Eugenol methyl ether
ellagic acid
Quercetin
Terpenes
myrcene
1,8-cineol
α-phellandrene

The Table below lists the recognized and researched health benefits of Allspice:

Health Benefits of Allspice

Allspice   
BiosystemConditionBenefitReference
Metabolism
Glycation
Inhibits advanced glycation end products1
Antioxidant
Two new polyphenolic glucosides, 6'-O-acetylisobiflorin (1) and (2S)-3-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-propane-1,2-diol 1-O-(6'-O-galloyl)-β-D-glucoside (2), showed the most potent antioxidative activity [ORAC value of 39,270 µmol TE (trolox equivalent)/g].2
Hypertension
Allspice may help to lower blood pressure in hypertension patients.3
Trigylcerides
Allspice may lower elevated triglycerides levels4
Anti-bacterial
Allspice may inhibit Shigella flexneri5


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