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The Truth about Herbs and Spices

Often you can hear and read about the health benefits of certain herbs and spices but can you really believe everything they say? Here is some much needed information about what is true and what isn’t.

  • Ginger – is known to help with nausea especially for women who have morning sickness and it is natural so is safe to chew. Ginger can relax blood vessels, stimulate blood flow and relieve pain because it contains the active ingredient gingerol. It assists with the pain that comes from muscle aches, arthritis, sore throat, cramps, and constipation. You can reliever nausea and vomiting just by taking a 1 gram dose of ginger. For health benefits you can purchase capsules, ground ginger, or fresh root. Fresh root can be grated and added to different recipes such as stir fries.
  • Cinnamon – studies have discovered that cinnamon has the ability to lower blood glucose after a meal in Type 2 diabetics. Other kinds of studies have found that it can also reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels just by consuming 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon per day. Two teaspoons of cinnamon is equal to around 5 grams so sprinkle away.
  • Garlic – will promote heart health. Fresh or minced or chopped even in powder form use it for your recipes and often. Add it to rice and pasta dishes. You should consume at least 6 grams of garlic per week which is the equivalent of one garlic clove.
  • Turmeric – it has been discovered that this spice can help to heal wounds and lighten scars. Its active ingredient is curcumin which is a component of turmeric and it has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has the ability to help the appearance and severity of acne. Suggested consumption of turmeric powder is 1 to 3 grams per day. It makes rice turn yellow and make is more favorable when added to boiling rice. A study has also discovered that turmeric has properties which can help against depression, obesity, and cancer. It is often used in Indian cuisine, soups, salads and casseroles.

It’s good to know that lots of herbs and spices have many different kinds of health benefits you can mix them up and really give you body a healthy boost. A healthy cocktail of different herbs and spices with every meal will help keep you in good shape and living a healthy lifestyle in a very delicious way.

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    • Glad you enjoyed this. I am very much into making food with a variation of spices. Hey, sorry just made a mistake I don’t know how to correct. I up voted your comment and my pointer slid and by mistake I wound up also down voting. I tried to unclick it but no go.

  1. Be careful with phrases like, “it is natural so is safe to chew”. There are numerous poisons and toxins that are 100% natural, so don’t assume just because something is straight from the ground/bush/tree that it must be harmless.
    Having said that, ginger, garlic and turmeric are all great for the health, I totally agree 🙂

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