Cloves and Other Spices May Keep You Healthy


Chart of Popular Spices

Since the Age of Exploration, when Europeans sailed around the world seeking the richness of China's spices, people all over the world have sought to improve their culinary experiences by the addition of spices. Luckily, for us, spices do more than simply improve the taste of our food; they can also improve our health.

What Are the Healthiest Spices?

Spices of all kinds contain trace minerals and compounds that can make positive contributions to our overall health. Some of the healthiest spices include

  • Cloves: this delicious, earthy spice is associated with winter treats and soups. It pairs well with pumpkin and squash dishes, and blends seamlessly into desserts with nutmeg and cinnamon. Cloves do more than create tasty treats; this humble spice can help digestion, help fight cancer, and protect the liver, as well as boost the immune system and help control blood sugars.
  • Ginger - Ginger has long been a go-to remedy for those fighting against tummy upset. A good ginger tea can help quell morning sickness during pregnancy, but this powerful root does so much more. Ginger is rich in inflammation-fighting substances that can reduce pain from chronic conditions such as arthritis.
  • Rosemary: Rosemary may help enhance memory focus and fight against food borne bacteria.
  • Turmeric: This spice's health benefits lie in curcumin, a compound found in turmeric. Curcumin has been found to lessen inflammation and fight against the growth of cancers, particularly colon, breast, and prostate cancers.
  • Chile peppers: From mild to wild, this little gem packs a powerful punch. Capsaicin, found even in mild peppers, can lower the risk of ulcers and prevent LDL cholesterol from becoming artery clogging.

When it comes to spices, look for ways to incorporate them into every possible meal. A little ginger and garlic can liven up a soup; some oregano will brighten up your morning eggs... and your health!

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