7 Super Spices for Super Health

Food doesn’t have to taste terrible to be good for us. If you shop at your localfarmers marketyou likely already know just how incredible fresh, local and seasonal ingredients can taste. Those ripe, juicy fruits andvibrant veggiesare also chock full of nutritious benefits, too. And they’re not the only delicious tasting foods that are good for you. Yourspice cabinetmay just offer healthy benefits beyond fantastic flavor.

If you’ve got a palate that doesn’t love super spiced up foods, you can still enjoy the benefits of mildly spicing your food, or finding some of these super spices incapsuleor tincture form.

1. Cinnamon

We know it as an ingredient in countless foods. It’s got a bit of heat and is sweet at the same time. Plus, it can help to reduce cholesterol levels,treat type 2 diabetesand just its scent can boost brain function.

2. Cloves

Essential oil of clove is highly effective in keepinggums and teeth healthy. It can reduce tooth pain and may help reduce stomach issues and general muscle pain.

3. Cardamom

Found predominantly in Indian cuisine, the cardamom pod is known for its ability to thwart digestive issues including nausea, heartburn and even bad breath! Its aroma can relievedepressionand anxiety, and the presence of thephytochemicalsIC3 (indole-3-carbinol) and DIM (diindolylmethane) give it merit as a cancer preventative.

4. Black pepper

It’s more than just salt’s best friend; black pepper improves your digestion, helps to prevent and relieve gas and has potent antibacterial properties. Its floral fragrance (amplified in black pepper essential oil) can boostyour mood, especially if you’re feeling sluggish or tired. It can also boost circulation.

5. Ginger

Most likely theginger rootis no stranger to your plate, bowl or cup. It’s a versatile spice that’s treasured for its digestive benefits as well as anti-inflammatory effects. It’s a lifesaver for those prone to upset tummies, like expectant mothers or the seasicktravelers.

6. Turmeric

Another of India’s treasured spices, turmeric has recently revealed itself to be a most potentantioxidantand anti-inflammatory. It can ease all kinds of inflammation related issues in the body from high cholesterol to arthritis and even chronic skin conditions including psoriasis andacne.

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7. Nutmeg

Often overshadowed by similar tasting cinnamon, nutmeg is a notable healer in its own right. For insomniacs or those withtrouble sleeping, a little nutmeg before bed can be a game-changer. It works on upset tummies, too and can relieve tooth pain (theessential oil). Nutmeg may also help boost libido.

Written by Jill Ettinger.Reposted with permission fromNaturally Savvy.

Photo Credit: Veganbaking.net/Flickr

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Siyus C7 months ago

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Telica R10 months ago

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Clare R10 months ago

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Jim Ven10 months ago

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Quanta Kiran10 months ago

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heather g10 months ago

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