The Health Benefits of Spices

Spices have a variety of health benefits — but which ones can do that, and how do they help?

You may have recently discovered that spices provide the body many health benefits, or you may have known this for a long time.

Spices have other uses aside from seasoning a dish, they can combat diseases. They’ve been found to have the same nutrients vegetables provide us, including antioxidants.

The matter at hand is that spices do have health benefits and can give you a healthier body!

But which ones can do that, and how do they help?

Fear not as we’ll be sharing the health benefits of spices, below.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a strong anti-inflammatory. It is said to have the ability to inhibit certain breast cancer cells and protect you from colon cancer.

Combine with: scrambled eggs, rice, milk and honey (and drink it as tea) and soup.

Cayenne

If you’re a fan of spicy food, you’ll be thrilled to know that cayenne has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties: the capsaicin in the pepper is known to be anti-carcinogenic and analgesic.

Combine with: meat, guacamole, hummus, pulses, curries,and dishes with chilli.

Cinnamon

The antioxidants that are found in cinnamon can help with that feeling of having a sugar rush as it prevents that and can improve the metabolisation of glucose. Cinnamon has also been found to prevent diabetes and heart disease within six weeks upon regular consumption.

Combine with: coffee, oats, pork, bread and milk.

Nutmeg

Otherwise known as the dessert spice, nutmeg has the ability to prevent cavities by fighting the bacteria in your mouth.

Combine with: coffee, cakes, vegetables and drinks.

Black Pepper

Black pepper is no regular spice that’s paired with salt. It is able to increase gut motility and help absorb calcium, potassium and zinc. It is also known to be a good antioxidant that removes harmful radicals in our bodies.

Combine with: avocado, eggs, meats, soups, vegetables etc.

Cumin

Did you know: Cumin can provide 22% of your body’s daily iron requirement? The spice can also boost your energy and improve memory.

Combine with: tomatoes, chickpeas, lentils, aubergine, potatoes and rice.

Saffron

Saffron is known to have protective properties against cancer and the common cold. It is also a known aphrodisiac.

Combine with: rice, water, breads, biscuits and jams.

Mustard Seed

Other than just being a favoured condiment, mustard seed possess nutrients and natural oils that can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. To gain the full perks of this spice, be sure to purchase the whole gran mustard.

Combine with: prawns, beans, vegetables and pastries.

Originally written by M&T World Foods


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