Just as many herbs are used for prevention or relief of common ailments, so too can spices be used to benefit health. If you’re not cooking with healthy spices, you’re missing out on many wonderful phytochemicals, essential oils, anti-oxidants, and of course, diverse flavors.
Some Terrific Healthy Spices
Turmeric – Bright yellow root common to south and Southeast Asia, turmeric is potent anti-oxidant that improves blood circulation, relieves menstrual cramps, reduces common cold symptoms, and inhibits cancer development.
Cinnamon – A favorite of healthy spices for baked goods, cinnamon is too healthy to be restricted to the bakery, though its most important function is to stabilize blood sugar. Cinnamon eases menstrual bleeding disorders, can help prevent diabetes and obesity, and warms the body by improving blood circulation.
Make sure you’re including as many of these healthy spices in your diet as often as possible for the full health benefits. Use healthy spices in cooking or make herbal tea drinks out of them.
Guest author: Toffler has certificates in both traditional Chinese and Indian (Ayurveda) medicine. She is a Phoenix-based health coach and wellness blogger who can be reached at WorldVitae.com