5 Cancer-Fighting Spices

By Veronica Peterson, Editor, Healthy & Green Living

They’re pretty, delicious and drumroll please…they’re good for you! Yes, I’m talking about the secret our forefathers knew way back in the day. Spices have untapped health benefits and have recently been stealing the scene as powerful cancer preventatives and fighters. Below are five you might want to consider adding to your diet.

Next: Turmeric

Who can resist the gorgeous yellow color of this cancer-fighting spice? Lately turmeric has been the darling of the spice world as researchers have discovered that, not only does it fight cancer, but contains an entire spectrum of other health benefits, including inflammation-fighting compounds called curcuminoids. These compounds may help prevent Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. When used topically turmeric has been known to help heal skin infections.

Check out this turmeric-friendly recipe Basmati Rice and Chickpea Supper Salad.

Next: Ginger

For centuries, grandma has been prescribing this knobby little root for an upset tummy but we now know that it holds anti-inflammatory properties, shows promise in treating cancer, osteoarthritis and, when used topically, rheumatoid arthritis. It can be used as an appetite stimulant, and a treatment for nausea, whether legit (flu) or not-so-legit (hangover).

A delicious Ginger, Carrot and Beet Soup recipe can be found here.

Next, Cinnamon

Besides being a yummy addition to coffee, cinnamon protects against Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Derived from tree bark, this wonderful spice stimulates the bodies circulatory systems. Just half a teaspoon taken daily lowers blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. It also counteracts congestion, may be useful treating osteoarthritis and improves blood circulation.

Check out our Apple Cinnamon French Toast recipe.

Next: Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper
Arriba! Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, yet another cancer preventative. When used in mass it can cause heartburn but a little sprinkled onto everyday foods should be enough for you to see the benefits. Cayenne peppers are full of beta carotene, other antioxidants and immune boosters and helps to build healthy mucous membranes tissues – our first level of defense against bacteria and viruses.

Next: Garlic

No surprise here. The stinking rose is one of the most potent weapons in preventing cancer, particularly colon cancer. Containing the photochemical allicin, garlic stimulates the production of cancer-fighting enzymes. Daily garlic consumption can lower total cholesterol and triglyceride levels by 10 percent and has the added benefit of keeping vampires at bay.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers5 months ago

Good article. TY for sharing.

Catriona Macfarlane
Catriona Macfarlaneabout a year ago

Thanks for the information, already use all but turmeric, maybe have to add curries to our diet.

Janet B.
Janet B.about a year ago


Monika Ka
Monika K.about a year ago

I'll try to add more tumeric in my food. Not sure which food goes the best with it, though.

Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn1 years ago


Nicole H.
Nicole L.1 years ago


Val M.
Val M.1 years ago


Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobetz1 years ago

Thank you

M S1 years ago

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V V.
V V.1 years ago

Very interesting read! I would have never thought that one of these used topically would help with arthritis! There's only one I don't have, and that's turmeric. Will have to pick that up, and then use these spices more often. I use lots of cinnamon and garlic in different recipes already, but that's it. And thanks for providing recipes. That's a big help! And thanks to those who said you need to have pepper with turmeric for the turmeric to be absorbed in the body, and for pointing out that cooked garlic has lost most of its health benefit. I know I cook it to death. We've bought pickled garlic, and so I'm sure that's excellent for you, since it's raw, and you just pop it in your mouth like you would an olive. That will keep more than the vampires at bay!