Some spices offer amazing health benefits with very little effort.
Many people think of spices as just a little add-on to give a bit of flavour to dishes. Recently we’ve begun to learn that these substances, often in tiny quantities, can have a powerful effect on our health. Most spices have antioxidant qualities and many may even have anti-cancer effects.
Here are some of the most beneficial spices that can impact your health:
1) Turmeric – The latest wonder spice, found in curries, is anti-inflammatory and potentially anti-carcinogenic. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, can reduce joint inflammation in arthritis. I put a teaspoon of turmeric in my water 3 times a day postpartum. Whether it helped my recovery or not, I can’t say for sure, but it’s safe to use in small quantities and may even reduce the chance of postpartum depression.
2) Cinnamon – This tasty spice adds a touch of sweetness to desserts, fruit (who doesn’t love apple & cinnamon?), and yoghurt. Just small amounts can help stabilize blood sugar and reduce cholesterol levels.
3) Parsley – Chewing parsley after a smelly meal can help freshen your breath, but that’s not the only benefit from this herb. Some research indicates that it may have the ability to reduce cancerous tumours.
4) Oregano – Oregano leaves are full of antioxidants and vitamin K, which protects you from heart disease and osteoporosis. This herb is also anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. A few drops of oil of oregano in water can be helpful if you’re suffering from an upper respiratory infection (colds, sinus infections, laryngitis).
5) Ginger – Traditionally used for nausea, ginger can be useful for other digestive ailments, like gas and bloating, too. Another anti-inflammatory spice, ginger can make a wonderful tea for reducing cold symptoms. It may also reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis. The power of these wonder spices is very easy to incorporate into your diet. You can add them to sauces or directly on top of your meat and veggies. Many spices also make fabulous teas.
Spices provide lots of benefit for very little effort. Add one or two to your diet today.