Sunday, March 25, 2012

Herbs and Spices With Real Health Benefits

Not only do herbs and spices give a blast of flavor to bland foods, they can also provide many health benefits as well. Try adding one (or more) to your recipes:

  1. Black pepper can boost immune health. Almost any dish will benefit from a sprinkle of pepper.
  2. Cinnamon may help lower your blood sugar. Try adding to tea, fruit or sweet potatoes.
  3. Ginger can help soothe the stomach, reduce cholesterol, diminish blood clots, and reduce inflammation, among other things. Fresh ginger is best - add to stir-fries or chicken for a punch of flavor.
  4. Oregano features 42 times more antioxidants than apples and is easy to add to most Italian dishes.
  5. Parsley is often overlooked as a garnish, but it can help with fresh breath, as well as protect the prostate. It can be added to rice, salads or main dishes.
  6. Rosemary may help boost immunity. Add it to meats, sweet drinks or steamed vegetables.
  7. Saffron features compounds than may decrease depression and anxiety, and also might help you snack less. Soup and seafood are delicious with added saffron.
  8. Thyme has been used as an antiseptic, but can also have anti-inflammatory compounds. Savory dishes are best with a little thyme added.
  9. Turmeric has curcumin which can help your cardiovascular, mental and muscle health. Yellow mustard or curry with turmeric are good ways to add a little extra.

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