It’s amazing how fresh herbs and spices can make food smell and taste better. But that’s not all they do. Herbs and spices have many health benefits and adding them to your recipes can have potent effects on your health without even adding any calories :)
Look at some of the benefits of common spices and herbs that I use on a regular basis:
Ginger: It is great for relieving nausea and helping with sea sickness, motion sickness, and morning sickness. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and boosts your immune system. Your intestinal tract gets soothed with ginger and it also helps relieve gas.
Cinnamon: It lowers blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol. It also supports digestive function, relieves congestion, and reduces pain and stiffness of muscles and joints. Cinnamon also helps to prevent urinary tract infections, tooth and gum diseases and can actually kill E. coli and other bacteria.
Turmeric: This is a wonder spice! It has huge antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties. It is also demonstrating the ability to stop the growth of melanoma by inducing cancer cell suicide.
Peppermint: Ahhh…it sooths the digestive tract and is helpful for treating irritable bowel syndrome. It also may protect against cancer and it relieves the symptoms of allergies and asthma.
Oregano: One of the highest in antioxidants of the herbs. One teaspoon has as much antioxidant power as three cups of broccoli!
Thyme: Once again, it’s got great antioxidant properties. It also plays a role in helping with respiratory function.
Rosemary: Helps reduce inflammation in the body which can trigger chronic diseases. It is also beneficial in heart health.
Basil: It is a good source of magnesium and antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It can be used to treat constipation, indigestion, diabetes and hypothyroidism.
Spice up your food and improve your health at the same time. You can even try adding some fresh herbs and spices to your smoothies…..yum!
Choosing healthy living over dying :)