Worcestershire sauce is healthy!
One thing good foods have in common is the use and dosage of the right condiments.
Commonly used in the kitchen, you will find sauces like the mushroom, pepper, vinegar, dark and light soy sauce.
Another member of the condiments is the revered Worcestershire sauce. You can add this to flavor all of your dishes including salads.
The Worcestershire sauce originated in the city of Worcestershire, England. The interesting history according to Lea & Perrins – the most popular brand of Worcestershire sauce – is that a nobleman hired two chemists named John Lea, and William Perrins to create an exquisite taste he experienced when he went to Bengali, India.
According to Lea & Perrins’ website, the two guys were not impressed with the initial results. The pair found the taste unsavory and simply left the jars in their basement to gather dust. A few years later, they stumbled across the jars and decided to taste the contents again. To their joy, the aging process had turned the fermented sauce into a delicious, savory sauce.
This awesome condiment is made up of “distilled White Vinegar, Molasses, Water, Sugar, Onions, Anchovies, Salt, Garlic, Cloves, Tamarind Extract, Natural Flavorings, and Chili Pepper Extract.”
Wow! This sauce is a kind of magic potion for your health! Plus it tastes well in your dishes!
Ok, that was a little bit of history. Now, let’s look at the health benefits of this magic potion.
Worcestershire sauce can strengthen your immune system as it contains vitamin B6 from garlic, chili, molasses and pepper extract. The pepper extract we are talking about here is known as Piperine. Piperine is the first bioavailability enhancer discovered in 1979. This bioenhancer promotes the biological activity or the uptake of drugs in combination therapy. Normally, drugs are poorly bioavailable because a major portion of a dose never reaches the plasma for the drugs to exert their pharmacological effect unless very large doses are given which may, however, lead to serious side effects.
Fight free radical damage
The sauce contains vitamin C from garlic, onions, cloves and chili pepper which act as an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and prevent heart issues.
Onion and chili pepper extract in the sauce contain thiamine known to help nerves. Thus, improving communication and overall thinking abilities of a person.
Strengthen your joints
If you add Worcestershire sauce to your daily meals, Niacin (vitamin B3) from the anchovies present in the sauce helps with joint mobility and to treat arthritis. Niacin is normally prescribed in high doses as an anti-inflammatory to reduce symptoms of arthritis and reconstruct the joint cartilage that is critical to flexible mobility and strength.
The Worcestershire sauce is not to be used as the main supplement to get those mentioned benefits. The idea here is that since all the condiments used in the sauce are actually being used as main supplements to treat targeted health issues, taking some Worchester Sauce every day can be beneficial to your health.