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Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D.

Bharat J. Aggarwal, the world's leading expert on the therapeutic use of culinary spices, with a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and a post -doctorate in endocrinology from the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco.  He has published over 500 academic papers in numerous prestigious medical journals, which include dozens of studies on more than 20 spices.  Dr. Aggarwal has devoted much of his career to cancer research and since 1989, has been with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, one of the world’s leading research institutions, where he is Professor of Cancer Research, Biochemistry, Immunology and Experimental Therapeutics, and Director of the Cytokine Research Laboratory. He’s also a member of the graduate faculty of the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and an Adjunct Professor at the Albert B. Alkek Institute of Biosciences and Technology, at Texas A&M University, in Houston.

 His work has been featured in more than 40 prominent media outlets including the LA Times,  USA Today, Men's Health, Self and Scientific American, as well as on ABC, NBC and CBS. 

Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease (and Deborah Yost)


Breakthrough scientific research tells us that spices aren't just taste enhancers, they're powerful disease busters.  Even more than herbs, fruits, and vegetables, they’re loaded with anti-oxidants and phytonutrients. The simple addition of spices to our diets can take on some of the most troublesome and common health conditions we encounter.  Studies of dietary patterns around the world confirm that spice-consuming populations have the lowest incidence of such life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's. Healing Spices offers an overview of the fascinating history of spices, looks in-depth at 50 different spices and their particular curative qualities, guides the reader in buying, storing and preparing spices, features recipes to help add more spices to an ordinary diet, offers extensive suggestions for creating myriad spice combinations in the form of condiments, mixes, pastes, rubs and marinades, provides an easy reference to match the right spice to a specific health issue, and provides a resource list for buying spices and spice-related apparatus.


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