What you didn’t know about spices!
Throughout history, herbs and spices were celebrated for their benefits and used more for medical use, before the culinary one. Thanks to modern science we now know, that they do indeed carry remarkable health benefits.
Here are some of the world’s healthiest herbs and spices.
Very popular spice, used in cooking, baking and drinks! Cinnamon has proven to start an antioxidant activity, helps fight inflammation and has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
What cinnamon really shines in?
It’s its effect on blood sugar levels. Cinnamon can lower blood sugar by multiple mechanisms. For example by slowing the breakdown of carbs in the digestive tract and improving insulin sensitivity.
Some studies have shown that it can lower fasting blood sugars by 10-29% in diabetic patients which is a significant amount!
Turmeric, the one which gives curry its yellow colour. It contains several compounds with medicinal properties. The most important which is curcumin.
A remarkably powerful antioxidant, helping to fight oxidative damage and boosting the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
Oxidative damage is believed to be behind early ageing and many diseases. So it is very important to add turmeric into your diet!
Studies show that curcumin can improve brain function, fight Alzheimer’s, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, relieve arthritis and that’s just to name a few!
Just the name itself said enough, sage comes from the Latin word Salvere, which means “to save”. It had a strong reputation for its healing properties back in the middle ages and was even used to prevent the plague.
Current research indicates that sage might be able to improve brain function and memory, especially in people with Alzheimer’s disease.
In a 4-month study of 42 individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s have shown massive improvement in brain function.
Ginger is often used not only in cooking but in alternative medicine. Studies have shown that 1 gram or more can treat nausea, that’s why a lot of pregnant ladies have a jar of ginger biscuits in a cupboard!
But it can help with nausea from chemotherapy and seasickness as well.
It also appears to have anti-inflammatory properties and can help with pain management.
Ginger has a similar effect like aspirin or ibuprofen.
Rosmarinic acid, the active ingredient in rosemary has been shown to suppress allergic responses and nasal congestion. And apart from that it is absolutely delicious and smells amazing through the house!
I love to use this one in spicy dishes, it has been shown to reduce appetite and increase fat burning. There were some animal studies which have found capsaicin to combat certain forms of cancer, including lung, liver and prostate cancer.
I think adding any spices to your daily cooking is a great choice, and making sure these are in your cupboard! It makes your meals tastier and you healthier!