Spice Up your Kitchen

Spices are used all over the world to add flavor, but they also provide many micronutrients and considerable health benefits.

Here are some of the common spices and their benefits.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is used in bakeries and sweets all over the world. It has antioxidant properties and can lower blood glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity.

  • Use cinnamon in baking
  • Add cinnamon to your drinks

Turmeric

Turmeric is used in Indian curry to give it the yellow color. It’s also used in many cosmetic products. Turmeric is an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. Because of it’s anti-inflammatory property, it is known to alleviate the symptom of arthritis and other chronic diseases.

  • Add turmeric powder to your rice
  • Add it to your salad dressing
  • Add with black pepper to dramatically increase absorption.

Garlic

Garlic is known to boost the immune system, and can combat the cold and flu. One compound in garlic is also known to help reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.

  • Add it to your stir fry
  • Great in soups

Ginger

Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s known to reduce the symptoms of nausea, morning sickness and stomachache. It also may reduce blood sugar level and increase insulin sensitivity.

  • Add it to smoothies
  • Drink it with honey and hot water
  • Add it to your stir fry

Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper increases circulation and is often used to assist with weight loss and to combat the cold and flu.

  • Add spiciness to a variety of dish