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Top Seven Spices that Heal your body

February 04, 2022 4 min read

Top Seven Spices that Heal your body

Spices are what make our favorite dishes absolutely brilliant.  Spices takes our palate to the next level of excitement and awe. The benefits of some of our favorite spices go beyond just flavoring our dishes into pure delight. In fact, spices have a plethora of medicinal and healing properties. This factor is worthy of stacking  your cabinet with just a few of the most powerhouse spices that offer not only flavor, but healing. Here's a list of the top seven spices that have the ability to increase your overall wellness.

Garlic 

Given the common name, Nectar of the gods, garlic derives from the bulb or clove part of the plant. It has longed been used to treat hyperlipidemia, hypertension, altherosclerosis, cancer, and other infections. It is often measured by its production of allicin, a compound found in chopped or crushed garlic, and has significant antioxidant benefits. This production of allicin results in the formation of several healing constituents within garlic: 

  • Effective in lowering total cholesterol and LDL levels
  • Reduces blood glucose or blood sugar levels
  • Lowers cardiovascular risks
  • Effective in fighting the common cold
  • Treats vaginal candida or yeast infections
  • Protects against gastric and colorectal cancers
  • Protects against prostate cancers and endometrium

Cinnamon 

Most of us love to sprinkle cinnamon on our oatmeal or add a scoop to coffee, yet this aromatic spice dates back to Ancient Egyptian times, in which it was regarded as a valuable gift for kings. Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of Cinnamomum Trees, but you should know there are two main types of cinnamon: Ceylon, which is “true” cinnamon and Cassia, the common variety we find in supermarkets. 

Cinnamon contains potent antioxidants, called polyphenols, that protect your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. These antioxidants were shown to be so powerful, they outranked 26 other common herbs like garlic and oregano; it also can be used as a food preservative.

It has anti-inflammatory properties, protecting the body against infections and help to repair tissue damage. Cinnamon has also been linked to a reduction in heart disease, the world’s most common cause of premature death. 

Some other major effects of cinnamon on your health are: 

  • Improvement of sensitivity to insulin
  • Anti-diabetic effects
  • Protects against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s
  • Cancer prevention and treatment
  • Bacterial and fungal infections

Turmeric 

Known as Curcumin or Indian saffron, Turmeric is native to South Asia, but cultivates in tropical climates all around the world. It is used in traditional medicines to help improve digestion and circulation; and extracts are marketed in dietary supplements to treat age-related concerns such as memory loss and arthritis.

The active constituents in Turmeric are turmerone oil and water-soluble curcuminoids which have been researched for their therapeutic effects on humans. Data has shown that elderly Asians who consumed this spice in the form of curry powder, experienced improved cognitive health. Digestive issues like IBS and ulcerative colitis were also alleviated through the intake of Turmeric.

It’s been used in patients to treat the following cancers: 

  • Colon
  • Pancreatic
  • Neck
  • Head
  • Oral

Rosemary 

Originally from the south of France and Mediterranean area, Rosemary is best known for its added flavor to pizza sauces, but also for its exceptional neurological protection. It contains carnosic acid which fights off damage of free radicals in the brain. Rosemary aids in recovery for people who’ve experienced a stroke, prevents aging of the brain, is an anti-tumor agent, and protects against macular degeneration.

Ginger

This flowering plant originated out of China and has close relations with Turmeric and Cardamom. It has longed been used as both a traditional/alternative medicine to treat digestion, forms of nausea like morning sickness, flu, and the common cold. The bioactive ingredient in Ginger is Gingerol, which is responsible for many of its medicinal properties.

Here are 11 proven health benefits of Ginger:

  • Used to help alleviate morning sickness, nausea, and vomiting after surgery
  • Effective in reducing exercise-induced muscle pain
  • Its meditative anti-inflammatory properties reduces osteoarthritis pain
  • Ginger drastically lowers blood sugar and protects against heart disease factors
  • Used to treat chronic indigestion (recurrent pain and discomfort in the upper abdomen)
  • Causes relief for menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of a menstrual cycle
  • Ginger helps to lower LDL levels
  • Is an alternative treatment for many forms of cancer
  • Improves the brain’s function
  • The active ingredient in ginger can fight infections

Basil 

This sweet, aromatic herb is native to India and has 35 varieties! Basil is part of the Mint family, alongside Oregano and Rosemary. It is well known for its immunity-enhancing properties and medicinal purposes. Just 1/2 cup of chopped basil provides 108% of you DV in Vitamin K, an important fat-soluble vitamin for the body’s blood function.

Basil contains disease-fighting antioxidants which help to repair free radical damage, while protecting DNA structure and cells. It’s also composed of three enzyme-inhibiting essential oils, eugenol, citronellal, and linalool. These help to lower inflammation. Basil has antibacterial properties as well, and in studies, basil extract was shown to inhibit resistant bacteria strains that don’t respond to antibiotic treatments. Also, many people are unaware that basil acts a natural adaptogen, helping the body to better adapt to stress and improve oxidative levels when exposed to a high-stress environment.

Nutmeg

Every morning when I have my Spirulina green smoothie, I add 1/4 tsp of nutmeg for a little kick. However, this common baking spice has scientifically proven health benefits that may surprise you: 

Though it’s used sparingly in dishes, nutmeg still provides remarkable benefits due to its high nutritional density. Nutmeg oil derived from the tree’s seed, helps reduce pain associated with chronic conditions such as cancer, inflammatory diseases, and diabetes. Another surprising positive about nutmeg is its ability to treat insomnia. For generations, the simple home remedy of warm milk with a pinch of nutmeg before bed causes a more immediate and effective sleep pattern. 

Other benefits of nutmeg include:

  • Improve digestion
  • Improve oral health
  • Improve brain health
  • Protects the liver
  • Anti-depressant properties
  • Regulates blood pressure