Spices can benefit your health as much as do your taste buds. Herbs and spices are teeming with healthy antioxidants and phytonutrients. They have more disease fighting antioxidants than many fruits and vegetables.
Chili and other hot peppers contain capsaicin which has a variety of medicinal benefits. Capsaicin is a flavorless, odorless, colorless compound found in varying amounts in peppers. The hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains and the higher amount of health improving antioxidants.
Hot peppers are a heart healthy food. Hot pepper compounds, including capsaicin, have been found to reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and lower the risk of harmful blood clots.
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot peppers, has been shown to reduce pain. It acts by acts by binding to receptors in the cell wall of nerve endings and triggering an influx of calcium ions into the neurons. It also interferes with substance P, a chemical involved in transmitting pain impulses to the brain.
Who doesn’t love to sprinkle a little cinnamon on oatmeal or morning late? Cinnamon is not only tasty, but it is also quite beneficial to our health.
High Blood sugar
Cinnamon has been shown to be of great value in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Cinnamon mimics the effects of insulin and has a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association has found that taking 3 to 6 grams of cinnamon per day can lower glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes.
Scientists have found evidence that cinnamon helps lower lipid levels. Just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day may help you lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels.
People have known for centuries that garlic has many healing properties and has been used throughout recorded history for its medicinal (as well culinary) uses.
Garlic contains allicin which is a powerful antibiotic and a potent agent that helps the body to inhibit the ability of germs to grow and reproduce. A whole host of bacteria, fungi, and viruses have been used successfully against garlic. Some studies suggest that garlic is an even more powerful germ-killer than either penicillin or tetracycline.
A healthy liver maintains blood flow and circulation, breaking down nutrients from foods and distributing them to other body organs.Garlic includes allicin, a sulfur-dependent compound that needs to be detoxified effectively by the liver. The antioxidants in garlic help keep toxic substances filtered by your liver from reaching other organs. Garlic has been shown to help the liver rid the body of mercury, food additives, and the hormone estrogen.
Though traditionally overlooked as just a garnish, Parsley is abundant in antioxidants, like luteolin, a flavonoid that checks and eradicates the body’s free radicals that induce oxidative stress in cells. Luteolin also promotes carbohydrate metabolism.
Bad breath can be an embarrassing nuisance especially in social situations. Parsley contains chemicals that help to freshen bad breath. Parsley is rich in chlorophyll which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and helps to neutralize toxins and pollutants and act as a natural deodorizer. Chewing a small handful of parsley allows you to gain the breath-freshening benefits of chlorophyll. This may be reason why parsley makes an appearance as a garnish on so many restaurant dishes.
Thyme is credited with many virtues. This fragrant herb has been used since ancient times for medicinal and culinary uses. Thyme contains thymol and the antioxidant flavonoids apigenin, naringenin, luteolin, and thymonin.
The next time you have a cold or cough, try a cup of thyme tea. Thyme has shown to have bronchodilating and antispasmodic effects, so it helps relax the bronchial tubes and alleviates coughing fits. Thyme oil is used in many cough syrups because it acts as an expectorant loosening mucous and has antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
Gas and Indigestion
Thyme is often recommended to promote good digestion and relieve gas and bloating. The volatile oils in thyme help reduce gas while its phenols work as an antispasmodic, helping to relieve intestinal cramping.