6 Super Spices for Super Health
We all know that spices add the perfect flavor to our favorite meals without adding fat, salt or sugar, but did you know that they offer a long list of health benefits? Spices and herbs are botanically classified as fruits and veggies, but since they no longer contain the water that makes up a huge part of fresh produce, spices and herbs boast an even higher level of antioxidants. They’re also rich in phytonutrients, such as carotenoids and flavonoids. Many spices and herbs have been shown to possess health-promoting properties, but here are my 6 favorite super spices that I try to incorporate into my diet as often as possible: (1)
Oregano: One of the highest spices in antioxidants. Goes seamlessly and flavorfully into most Italian dishes. (1)
Turmeric: Substantial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The perfect addition to any curry dish! (1)
Cinnamon: Just a dash provides half your day’s worth of manganese and is an excellent source of fiber.Put 1/2 to 1 teaspoon in your coffee or mix into your honey to sweeten your tea.
Ginger: Known to settle an upset stomach and even morning sickness! Mix with honey and heat to provide a sweet gingery glaze on steamed veggies or salmon.
Cayenne: Can increase metabolism, improve circulation, and boost digestion. Spice up your favorite hummus or guacamole or make a cayenne pepper tea.
Nutmeg: Its high magnesium content can help stimulate relaxation. Sprinkle it on your next glass of almond milk or holiday dish!
How do you like to add these healthy spices to your diet?
- Healthy Spices to Expand Your Palate.” Six Pack Bags Blog. 6 Pack Fitness, 14 May 2015. Web. <http://www.sixpackbags.com/blog/healthy-spices/>.
- Vasanthi, Hannah, and R.P Parameswari. “Indian Spices for Healthy Heart – An Overview.” Current Cardiology Reviews. Bentham Science Publishers Ltd, 1 Nov. 2010. Web. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3083808/>.