Do you know how to use herbs and spices to maximize your health?
Adding herbs and spices to our foods without question improves the flavor of what we eat. What many of us don’t know is how impactful herbs and spices are to our daily requirements for vitamins and minerals. Supplementing our diets with herbs and spices has a tremendous benefit to our health and wellbeing.
Below is a list of 5 of my favorite herbs and spices.
Cinnamon is an incredible spice that goes well in both sweet and savory dishes.
According to the National Institutes of Health2, cinnamaldehyde - a chemical found in Cassia cinnamon - can help fight against bacterial and fungal infections.
According to a study published in Diabetics Care, Cinnamon helps improve glucose and lipids levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
There are many less know benefits of cinnamon which include IBS relief, arthritic relief, food preservation, odor neutralizer, alertness, cognitive development, PMS relief as well as an indirect impact on weight loss.
Increasing your cinnamon intake is highly recommended. Try adding cinnamon to your coffee and any shakes you make. It’s also surprisingly good when added to dishes that require a mixed seasoning. I have found myself using cinnamon in dishes I would have previously never considered as the applications for this spice continue to grow.
What is Paprika?
Paprika is typically associated with Spanish and Hungarian cuisine but, the capsicum chilies form which it is made are from the Americas.
The process of grinding capsicum peppers into a fine powder adds tremendous red color and a delicate but, rich flavor to a variety of meals. Paprika is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin E, iron and carotenoids. In addition, there is evidence that it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Ginger is renowned in many areas throughout the world for its unique tasted and health giving properties.
Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects and ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds. In addition, a study from the New York Times shows that ginger has anti-vomiting properties and useful in reducing nausea and gastrointestinal distress.
Oregano is an important medical herb that has been used in medicine and cooking since ancient times.
Oregano contains fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, iron, calcium, omega fatty acids and tryptophan. In addition, this herb is also applied topically to help treat a number of skin conditions, such as acne and dandruff.
Garlic is without question one of my favorite herbs and has been a staple in my kitchen for as long as I can remember. Garlic has a variety of potent sulphur-containing compounds which are the reason for its characteristic pungent odor. This amazing herb is very strong and bitter and adds unbelievable flavor to your cuisine.
Garlic has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties. There is also some less conclusive evidence which suggest that garlic may have a lowering effect on total cholesterol.
To maximize benefit of garlic you should finely chop, mince or pureed and then let the herb sit for some time. Garlic is also a reliable source of selenium.
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