The right spices can better your cooking, as well as your health! Some of these spice superstars can help target inflammation, stomach problems, as well as help combat harmful oxidizing agents. Let's take a look at our 10 favorite health-happy spices:
- Turmeric contains curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and fat-suppressing properties and is associated with helping lower the risk of metabolic conditions such as obesity.
- Cardamom works as a gastrointestinal soother and contains a naturally antiseptic phytochemical called cineole.
- Sage has proven effective to help with memory and cognitive function. In a particular study, sage has shown potential in helping increase memory in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s patients. It has also been used in traditional medicine throughout history for a variety of reasons.
- Ginger is also a natural anti-inflammatory which, as you may know, has gastrointestinal benefits. It has even been used in pill form by popular pharmaceutical companies as a stomach soothing medication. Research has also linked ginger with appetite suppression.
- Cayenne has been used to help cold and flu symptoms and is used as a natural decongestant. It may also help stabilize the metabolism, blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Oregano has natural antimicrobial properties and has traditionally been used to help such conditions as dandruff, UTIs, lung conditions and menstrual symptoms. It is also a rich source of vitamin K.
- Chili flakes contain an anti-inflammatory compound called capsaicin. Chili pepper flakes have quite a powerful analgesic (pain reducing) effect when enough are consumed.
- Chives contain allicin which may help control LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels as well as possibly aid in reducing high blood pressure, thus contributing to overall cardiovascular health.
- Thyme is a spice powerhouse. It brags natural antiseptic and antifungal characteristics and contains Pyridoxine (also known as vitamin B-6) which helps lower stress levels. Thyme is also rich in antioxidants, potassium, iron, folic acid and vitamins A, B, K, E and C. Can a garnish get any healthier than that?
- Garlic is another spice superstar. It contains even more allicin than chives, as well as antifungal and antibacterial components. Research proposes that when consumed regularly, garlic may help lower the risk of cardiovascular problems and shows potential anti-carcinogenic properties as well.
We hope you'll stock your spice rack with these goodies soon! Thanks for visiting EMC