Some of the most well known spices and herbs are used to add flavor and aroma to our foods. Have you ever thought that by adding just a little more spice to your food or by taking them as supplements you can add extra botanical compounds that can maintain balance and restore your health?
Here are the health benefits of some spices and their antioxidant healthful compounds.
Turmeric ( curcumin)- anti cancer, anti inflammatory, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
Black pepper (peperine) - increases absorption of curcumin
Cinnamon (cinnamonaldehyde) - normalizes blood sugar, powerful antioxidant and antibacterial.
Cayenne (capsaicin) - relieves joint and nerve pain, prevents clots and boosts metabolism.
Ginger(gingerol) - anti inflammatory, helps with irritation, relieves digestive problem and promotes probiotics in the gut.
The advantage of taking these together is that each individual spice becomes enhanced when taken with another; for example taking turmeric with black pepper enhances the absorption of curcumin in turmeric, therefore minimizing the amount of turmeric you need to take daily to obtain maximum results. Look up the benefits for yourself and find out if you need to add these to your daily cooking or take them as supplements. Consult with your physician when doing dietary and lifestyle changes. Be healthy and prosper!