The Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices

spicesHerbs and spices are more than something you use to zest up a recipe in your kitchen, they’re also a key ingredient to your fight to stay healthy. For centuries, certain herbs and spices have been celebrated by different cultures for their use as medicines before anyone ever used them for flavor. Here are a few of the most remarkable herbs and spices and how they can help you.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is for more than just cakes and cookies. It also contains a compound called cinnamaldehyde which helps it to fight inflammation in your body, act as an antioxidant and even lower your blood cholesterol and triglycerides. It also has a pretty profound impact on blood sugar levels.

Cinnamon has been shown to slow the breakdown of carbs in your body, which is how it helps to keep your blood sugar from spiking when you eat.

Sage

Sage literally translates as “to save,” and that’s no joke! Modern science has postulated that sage may help to improve brain function and memory, even by people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease has been found to be accompanied by a drop of the brain chemical acetylcholine. Sage may just help to inhibit the breakdown of this chemical. Sage has also been found to help improve memory in people of all ages.

Turmeric

Turmeric has had a surge in popularity lately and it’s not completely unfounded. It contains compounds such as curcumin, which has been found to have medicinal properties. Curcumin is an antioxidant and is also strongly anti-inflammatory, so much so that it rivals some anti-inflammatory drugs on the market today.

Ginger

Ginger has been used in medicine for centuries, and modern science may have an explanation as to why. Ginger has been found in many studies to help reduce nausea naturally, so if you’re pregnant or undergoing chemotherapy it can be a lifesaver.

Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help people manage chronic pain. So, when in doubt you should go ginger!

Rosemary

Rosemary contains something called rosmarinic acid and it has been found to help with nasal congestion as well as allergies. So, when you’ve got itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose it may just be time to add a little rosemary to whatever it is you’ve got cooking.

Nature really does provide people with all they need to care for themselves, so it’s no surprise that science has revealed so many helpful things these herbs and spices can do for you!

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