Herbs and Spices = Medicine.

7 Mar

Herbs and spices contain various disease fighting compounds. That is why they have been used medicinally for thousands of years. Here are four herbs and spices that are beneficial for your taste buds and body: 

• Cinnamon contains iron, calcium, manganese, and fiber, and can be used to temper sugar cravings. It also helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Try cinnamon in coffee, on fruit, or on a baked sweet potato.

• Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which increases metabolism and satiety in addition to triggering proteins in fat to break fat down, showing great potential for those with body re-composition goals. Chili peppers also increase the resistance to harmful bacteria in stomach cells, which may decrease the risk of developing an ulcer.

• Ginger is a proven way to settle a sick stomach. Ginger can also relieve cough and congestion symptoms thanks to the phytochemicals shogaol and zingerone. Ginger has also shown the ability to reduce muscle ache, decrease arthritis pain, and potentially fight various cancers. Some ways to utilize ginger: put in tea, soup, or a stir-fry.

• Rosemary works perfectly in meat marinades. Due to its antioxidant content, rosemary has been shown to prevent the formation carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines in meat when the cooking method is broiling, grilling, or frying. 

One Response to “Herbs and Spices = Medicine.”

  1. Frank-Billy March 27, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Absolutely fantastic blog! I’m currently suffering from a sick stomach at the moment, I’ll definitely be trying Ginger to help! Thanks!


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