We know that adding spice adds taste, sometimes strong and dominant flavors. Most spices not only taste good offer a range of health benefits too. Here are some of the more common spices.
We usually think of garlic as a flavor enhancer, but garlic protects against heart disease, cancer and other infections. In the past garlic was used to help asthma (although how is a bit of a mystery) but now it is seen as an anti-inflammatory.
Spice companies in Florida know that ginger root aids digestion and the cardiovascular system. It also is a natural fat burner, and above all tastes wonderful. It can be added almost anywhere. Boil it and let the water cool for a refreshing drink. Add it to stir-fry, or to cabbage. Delicious!
Bright yellow in color, turmeric does tend to stain everything including fingers. It is an anti-oxidant protecting the body from free-radicals. It is also naturally anti-inflammatory, helping protect against any of today’s modern diseases which include any inflammation.
Add a teaspoon of turmeric to the water for cooking lentils and you’ll offset some of the more unfortunate side effects.
Besides helping the body absorb turmeric, black pepper is one of our most common spices and can be used in almost any dish.
Cumin has a naturally mellow taste but also gives a depth of flavor. It is a good enhancement for rice and braised vegetables. It also is rich in iron, aids digestion and might help blood cholesterol.
Comes from sweet red pepper pods which is why you can get it from a variety of destinations. Besides adding piquancy, it also contains vitamin C, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. All of which helps in purifying blood and keeping the heart healthy.