Try these! 7 Herbs and Spices for Better Health

People have been using herbs and spices for health longer than they’ve been using fire. Evidence even seems to suggest that cultural tastes evolved to desire spices that were required for good health – hotter regions using spices that protect food from spoiling, higher salt use in areas where the inhabitants need to retain water.

So, don’t be shy. Spice up your life with a teaspoon or two or these healthy herbs and spices.

Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols. It’s great for circulation and may help regulate blood sugar. Add a few dashes of cinnamon to your morning coffee or sprinkle on strawberries for a sweet combination of spicy health.

Cumin, a good source of manganese and iron, aids digestion and bloating. Traditionally it’s found in curries and stews, but can also be drunk as a tea.

Ginger is good for more than just cookies. Long heralded for it’s anti-nausea benefits, new research suggests that ginger may also be an anti-inflammatory. Try a ginger tea to find relief from stomachaches, arthritis and possibly migraines.

Red (Cayenne) Peppers contain capsaicin which is not just a good source of anti-oxidants, it’s also a helpful spice for dieters looking to boost metabolism. Cayenne pepper is even said to increase one’s feeling of fullness so dieters eat less.

Rosemary may help improve memory and prevent cancer in the long term. In the short term, it can be rubbed on the skin to increase circulation and relieve sore muscles. Simply mix a little Rosemary oil into your favorite plain skin cream after a workout.

Thyme is thought to possess anti-inflammatory health benefits and is often used to treat respiratory distress and chest colds. Studies now indicate that Thyme may also be good for common age-related diseases that effect cognitive function and heart health.

Tumeric (Yellow Curry) is that colorful spice that gives mustard and some curries that wonderful warm yellow glow. The distinctive hue comes from curcumin, a compound that may help inhibit the growth of cancer, reduce inflammation and protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease.

When it comes to getting the health benefits of nature, these 7 herbs and spices are but the tip of the teaspoon. Start adding more spice to your recipes and see how easy it is to scoop health and flavor into every bite.

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