Spice – Natural Health Benefits

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When adding different types of spice to food there are many health benefits being delivered into the body’s system.

Cinnamon 

Clinical trials on cinnamon, suggest the spice has some health benefits, which lowers blood sugar levels, and boosts brain function.  It fights bladder infections; consuming a strong tea like brew within the first 48 hours is advised for bladder infections.  It is a  good source of fibre.

Ginger 

Ginger, has been around for over 2,000 years, delivering a variety of health benefits. It relaxes the blood vessels and stimulates blood flow. It relieves pain. Ginger supports the digestive system, bringing relief for nausea, morning sickness, and people who feel sick after chemotherapy treatment.  It has anti-inflammatory properties.

Sage

Sage has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients. The spice has phenolic acids, and oxygen handling enzymes, which help to eliminate oxygen-based damage to cells. The anti-inflammatory components help in easing rheumatoid arthritis, and other medical conditions such as bronchial asthma and atherosclerosis.  Atherosclerosis occurs when the arteries to the heart muscle become narrowed and hardened due to plaque build-up around the artery wall, which can cause a heart attack.

Parsley 

Parsley used to make food look attractive.  It has some super health benefits.  Eating some fresh parsley will freshen the breath. It encourages the passing of kidney stones, and prevent plaque build-up around the arteries.

Turmeric  

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory agents, which relieves joint pain. Clinical trials have indicated it could have the power to block some cancers, but this needs official confirmation.

Anise Seeds

The seeds taste like black liquorice.   Calms an upset stomach and will ease a runny nose with a cough,  Anise is an excellent source of calcium, iron and fibre.

Cumin

Cumin is a beneficial supporter for diabetes and a powerful germ fighter. It has, calcium, iron and magnesium.

Fennel

Fennel has a flavour similar to that of liquorice. It supports the digestive system and relieves heartburn.

Ginseng 

The American type reduces blood levels in type 2 diabetes. It slows down the cell growth of colorectal cancer and boosts the immune system.

The Asian variety boosts the immune system, supports stress and mental health symptoms.

Nutmeg 

The spice fights bacteria and fungi and is a good source of fibre.

Oregano 

Oregano has both antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities, which makes it efficient in fighting some forms of food-borne illnesses, even infections resistant to antibiotics. It helps to fight yeast based infections such as thrush and vaginitis.

Rosemary 

Rosemary has rosmarinic acid, with other antioxidants, which calms inflammation.

Saffron

Saffron reduces the symptoms of PMS and mild to moderate depression. Saffron will give the immune system a boost to cope with asthma and coughs.

Thyme 

Thyme is full of antioxidants. These antioxidants have the power to prevent cellular damage, which delivers an overall health boost. Thyme reduces the signs of ageing and calms inflammation.

Garlic

Garlic is an antibacterial for minor infections.  It lowers cholesterol and high blood pressure.  Eating half to one clove daily can lower cholesterol levels by ten percent. If eating raw garlic does not appeal, there is the option to buy odourless garlic capsules.

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Get spicy and give your health a boost!

© Healthy Bite July 2014