Basic Spices and Herbs to Help You Stay Healthy

Guest Post by Gene Moore- Warehouse 115

Most of the people around the world have spices and herbs in their kitchen cabinet that gets added in their recipe and various meals. It is also known for centuries that spices and herbs contain some health and healing benefits. All the spices generally originate from plants, fruits, seeds, roots, leaves, and barks. We all know that a sprinkle of cinnamon to your morning tea, a teaspoon of pepper and oregano will give foods a great flavor and aroma. Before using the spices for culinary use it was mostly used for their medicinal properties in ancient times. Interestingly, modern science has also shown that there are many benefits of spices and herbs that keep you to stay healthy. Now let us look at some health benefits of basic spices and herbs.

  1. Turmeric

Turmeric is best known for its use in many of the dishes. It is used to ease inflammation, treat depression and also slows downs cancer. The presence of curcumin component in turmeric has powerful antioxidant properties. Many studies show that curcumin helps to treat different health-related issues that include chronic conditions like arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, toothaches, wounds, skin problems, etc. Research on turmeric shows that curcumin may help in reducing inflammation in the brain and also shows positive results for Alzheimer’s disease, prostate, colon, and cancer. The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin are also effective in reducing swelling and pain in people with arthritis.

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2. Ginger

Ginger is actually a tropical plant that has been used by many people all around the world to treat minor ailments, stomach upset, nausea, and diarrhea. It also comes in different forms like ginger candies, capsules, teas and also used in stew, soups, meals, etc. Studies show that ginger helps to fight cancers, soothe painful muscles, reduces osteoarthritis, etc. Ginger is also found to be effective in treating nausea and upset stomach in women’s during the pregnancy period. The use of garlic in your meal regularly helps you in reducing bad cholesterol, prevents atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. It keeps your blood vessels flexible and lowers triglycerides. The presence of bioactive compounds and other essential nutrients helps in reducing blood pressure and prevents cold and cough.

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3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an amazing spice that is used to add flavor and sweetness to the recipe. Studies say that cinnamon has the ability to help in reducing obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other serious conditions. It is used to reduce nausea and also increase the sensitivity to insulin. It has antimicrobial and antioxidant property. A teaspoon of cinnamon every day helps to boost your health. The presence of antioxidant property helps to reduce oxidative stress, slows down the aging process, and gets rid of body toxins. It helps to improve brain function, fights infection, manages blood sugar level, provides healthier skin, improves digestion, fights cancer, prevents DNA damage, cell mutation, and resists the growth of the tumor.

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4. Rosemary

Rosemary comes under mint family and is popular known for its fragrance and flavor. Active ingredient named rosmarinic acid is present in rosemary, it helps to suppress allergic responses and nasal congestion. The strong fragrance of rosemary helps to improve your concentration and boost your mood. Rosemary has vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamin and folate. The anti-inflammatory property of rosemary helps with your digestion. Rosemary can be used in your tea to treat nausea. Rosemary oil and shampoo has a positive effect on hair, skin and sore spots. It helps you to treat dryness, itching, and dandruff.

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5. Cumin

Cumin is a ground spice and it provides a pleasant and distinct taste. It has an antimicrobial property and is used to reduce flatulence. It improves digestion, treats hemorrhoids, and reduces the severity of gas. The presence of Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that plays an important role in making your skin healthy. It also contains vitamin C in high amount and is great for reducing respiratory stress.

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6. Oregano

Oregano is rich in antioxidants and is mostly used to treat common cold, cough, congestion, mild fever, illness and body ache. Oregano contains vitamin E, vitamin K, iron, calcium, fiber, and manganese. It boosts your heart health and prevents you from getting cancer and stroke. The phytonutrients in oregano help in fighting infections.

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7. Thyme

Similar to that of rosemary, thyme also belongs to the mint family. Thyme contains thymol, a powerful ingredient that helps to treat wounds. Thyme water acts as a mouth freshener and also helps in treating gum infections. Teas, meals prepared by adding thyme helps you to recover quickly during illness and also helps in treating vaginal infection.

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8. Chili

Chili is a common spice that is used all around the world to make the meal spicy. This spicy chili has benefits like weight loss, boosts the immune system, prevents psoriasis, arthritis, relieve nasal congestion and helps to prevent neuropeptides.

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9. Black pepper

Black pepper is a plant that belongs to the Piperaceae family and is mostly used by many people. They are known for their amazing health benefits, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in improving digestion, common cold, reduces weight, prevents cancer, improves cognitive function, reduces inflammation, exfoliates your skin, improves blood flow, etc.

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10. Parsley Leaves

Parsley is an exceptional herb having a good amount of nutrition and antioxidants and more than this it tastes amazing. They contain vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, minerals, calcium, and iron. The high amount of antioxidants is used to reduce free radical damage and oxidative stress.  The anti-inflammatory property in parsley soothes abdominal bloating and belching. It is also great for your skin and prevents blemishes and fights bacteria.

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Author Bio: Gene Moore is a Marketer and a passionate writer working for an online restaurant spice supply store. He is a very adventurous and ambitious person having an interest in traveling, writing and reading blogs. His artistic background nurtures him in developing creative writing skill.  Website Link: https://www.warehouse115.com

 

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