There are many health benefits of different spices that can help to take the flavor of your food to the next level. I have always loved spices but especially now since I am trying to reduce the amount of salt I consume.
You might as well use spices to give your food more flavor plus get the benefits. I have barely noticed the difference with cutting out salt when cooking because of all of these amazing spices!
Health Benefits of Different spices
Turmeric and its ability to help reduce inflammation have become very popular over the last few years. This is because turmeric contains curcumin which gives it color and anti-inflammatory properties. People typically use turmeric when they are trying to prevent or fight off a cold.
People use ginger all around the world as a natural remedy for diarrhea, nausea, and upset stomach. Ginger contains gingerol which is a bioactive compound that gives ginger most of its properties. It is very effective when it comes to nausea and morning sickness related to pregnancy, motion/seasickness, and chemotherapy. Ginger can help with pain due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties.
I am absolutely obsessed with garlic!! I literally add it to almost everything I make so it is good to know that it has many health benefits. One being them being that garlic can help to protect your heart. Like a few other spices, garlic is known for boosting the immune system as well.
Cinnamon is known for helping to lower blood sugar but still adds sweetness to food without the sugar. It does this by slowly breaking down carbs in the digestive tract which helps to improve insulin sensitivity. I love adding cinnamon to my coffee in the morning because of the flavor it adds. Cinnamon is also high in antioxidants
Black pepper contains a plant compound called piperine which is very high in antioxidants. Research shows that having a lot of antioxidants in your diet can help to prevent or delay the effects of free radicals. Black pepper also helps the body to absorb and use nutrients in a more beneficial way.
You have probably heard that it is important to have black pepper when you are consuming turmeric. This is because the pepper helps the body to absorb the curcumin that is found in turmeric and contains most of the health benefits.
Cayenne is another spice that I am obsessed with because I love spice! My family says I don’t have any taste buds anymore since I can literally eat the hottest of the hot. But, hey at least there are some benefits in it for me. My favorite thing about cayenne pepper is that it’s known for helping to boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories. Cayenne also helps you to feel full for longer meaning your less likely to overeat or snack.
Cumin is widely known for its potent seed that is typically grounded and sprinkled onto foods for an earthy flavor. Like a lot of the other spices listed Cumin is high in antioxidants that help to kill free radicals. Cumin helps to promote digestion as well as improve symptoms of IBS by increasing the release of bile that helps to digest fats and nutrients found in the gut.