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Spicing up your life (and food) in ways that are GOOD FOR YOU!

Monday, May 04, 2015

7 Spices with Major Health Benefits
by: Jordyn Cormier

120 Spices are a great thing to have in your pantry. They have the ability to turn a healthy, slightly bland meal into a nutritious flavor explosion. What’s even better, many spices are really great for your health, with loads of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Here are 9 everyday, super spices that you should use more of.

Oregano. Vitamin K is a hard-to-find nutrient for many people, but a teaspoon of oregano actually has 6 micrograms. It’s also loaded with antioxidants. Some research has shown that oregano essential oil can actually effectively ward off the stomach flu.

Cinnamon. Believe it or not, this spice can help to regulate blood sugar levels. For those with pre-diabetes, it is well known to reduce fasting blood glucose levels and can be extremely beneficial in insulin management for the insulin resistant. Research has shown that consuming half a teaspoon a day can actually reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease within only 6 weeks.

Rosemary. Cooking meat at high temperatures can produce harmful free radicals. Incredibly, marinating meat in a mixture containing rosemary has the potential to reduce the formation of free radicals by as much as 84%. Not only that, but rosemary’s aromatic qualities can heighten a meal for all of your senses.

Nutmeg. Incredibly, nutmeg has strong antibacterial properties. It also has many anti-inflammatory compounds that have the potential to stifle tumor growth and reduce your risk of certain cancers.

Curry powder. Every curry powder blend is different, but a mainstay in all of them is turmeric. Turmeric is a wonder spice — it’s hugely anti-inflammatory. In fact, its powerful anti-inflammatory agent — curcumin — is 50 times more potent than vitamin C. Studies have also shown that curcumin has the potential to inhibit the growth of certain breast cancer cells. Plus, curry is like a party for your palate.

Cumin. Iron deficient? A tablespoon of cumin seeds provides 22% of your RDA! It’s also excellent in refried beans or when making homemade taco seasoning. Grind the seeds fresh for the greatest potency.

Cayenne pepper. Capsaicin may boost your body’s metabolic furnace, helping you to burn more calories. The heat can also induce you to eat less and crave less fatty, salty foods. Therefore, cayenne pepper is thought to assist in healthy weight and appetite management. Sprinkle some on some avocado deviled eggs for a tasty, super healthy lunch!

Spice up your life! They’ll make your meals tastier and boost your health in the process. Just remember, it’s best to purchase whole spices and grind them fresh before you use them. This way, they maintain the highest amount of antioxidants and benefits. Also be sure to check the ‘best by’ date to ensure that they are fresh.

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    emoticon information! I use most of these a lot. The others I don't use as often but do use them from time to time. emoticon for sharing with us.
    1498 days ago
    love this, thank you!
    1503 days ago
    Great information!
    1504 days ago
    Love spices...thanks SO much for the tasty speciality ones you sent...I'm still using them almost every day! emoticon emoticon

    Another WONDERFUL spice is turmeric AND cucumerin...they both really fight inflammation and as we all know inflammation is a killer when it comes to disease. You need to take with black pepper for the best absorption. I LOVE freshly ground coarse black pepper on pretty much everything!

    Great post my friend...we all need to remember spices make the world go round! emoticon
    1504 days ago
    Great info .. thanks .. I'm pretty basic but trying something different every week .. to stop free radicals in meat is huge .. Rosemary it will be this week .. I have thyme, basil ( three kinds ) chives , sage and oregano in my garden .. and they are starting to show signs of life.
    Oil of Oregano I have used for years , it is amazing at curing sinus problems .. warding off a cold .. it is antibacterial and can actually turn raw sewer into drinkable water ( so they say .. I'm not that curious to find out .. ) lol
    Thanks again .. make s me want to make apple sauce with loads of cinnamon cloves and nutmeg .. or muffins .. now we are talking ..
    take good care .. keep sparky dear friend .. :)
    1505 days ago
    I use all of them! My favorites are cinnamon and cumin.
    1505 days ago
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    Great info, thanks!
    1505 days ago
    I heard about all of these. Thanks for the reminder. emoticon
    1505 days ago
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