Herbs and spices, though small additions, are nutritional powerhouses. They are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and of course, excellent taste! Here is a brief overview of some of our favorite spices that maybe you haven’t tried before:
Turmeric – Turmeric goes nicely with poultry and in Indian cuisine, but I think you can add it to just about anything. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, a natural antiseptic, a natural antibacterial, a liver detoxifier, and it has been shown effective in preventing, slowing, and stopping cancer.
Coriander – Coriander goes well with citrus, contains manganese, iron, and magnesium and exhibits anti-inflammatory properties as well as helping to control blood sugar and cholesterol.
Cloves – Cloves are very aromatic and warm, and they contain manganese, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, and omega 3 fatty acids. Cloves have shown anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon is another aromatic, warm, and sweet spice that packs a powerful health benefit. Containing manganese, iron, calcium, cinnamon has also been used medicinally for thousands of years and exhibits antimicrobial activity, anti-clotting actions, and helps to control blood sugar as well as boost brain function.
Cayenne – Cayenne will really add some spice to your life as it comes from chili peppers and packs some intense heat. Cayenne contains vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6, and vitamin K. It has a slew of health benefits including: fighting inflammation, being a natural pain reliever, increasing the body’s ability to dissolve fibrin in the blood, reducing blood cholesterol, clearing congestion, boosting immunity, preventing stomach ulcers, and helping to lose weight by burning calories (the heat you feel takes energy!)
Ginger – Pungent and spicy, ginger contains potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, and vitamin B6 and is known for its help with digestive issues including nausea and bloating. It has also shown anti-inflammatory effects.
Let us know what spices you like and if you try something new, let us know what you think!