When starting a healthier lifestyle and looking for alternative ways to better your health, have you ever considered looking into Spices And Your Health? There are many spices that have positive health benefits attached to them and are well worth exploring.
Here are a few of those healthy spices and what they can do for you:
Cayenne Pepper - This is known as a spice with a kick to it. Many hot, spicy dishes contain cayenne pepper, so some tame tastebuds shy away from it. But actually, you should embrace it and use it more often. It’s known to increase your fat burning metabolism so you help shed pounds by as much as 25%. Cayenne, contain capsaicin, which is a potent inhibitor of substance P, a neuropeptide associated with inflammatory processes. Cayenne has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and platelet aggregation which will help in the control of blood pressure.
Ginger - Ginger is probably best known for its ability to help people with their nausea. It
calms the stomach down and helps your acid reflux. It’s good for helping women through the days of morning sickness during pregnancy and for the dreaded motion sickness that some sailors and cruise-ship travelers suffer from. Studies show that Ginger helps prevent heart disease by lowering blood pressure, and helps prevent blood clots. Still, other studies show that ginger contains anti-inflammatory substances that help in the treatment of Arthritis.
Cinnamon – This is an excellent spice to help aid in diarrhea attacks and in upset stomachs. It can also help boost your metabolism a little, which is why many people recommend sprinkling it on your oatmeal to help you rev up your body’s calorie-burning furnace for the day. In Mexico it is added to coffee when brewing, which gives the coffee a wonder flavor plus the benefits of cinnamon has to offer. One of the reasons that you find cinnamon used as a flavoring agent for toothpaste, is because it is a powerful antiseptic. It kills on contact, many disease causing bacteria and viruses. While cinnamon adds flavor to cakes, cookies and other high fat desserts, once you have eaten these treats, the cinnamon goes to work to help break down the fats in your digestive system.
Garlic - Garlic can help keep your cholesterol levels in check and it can decrease your blood pressure. It’s also reported to be helpful to those who suffer diabetes. Research shows that garlic can help lower high cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood stream.
Mustard - This is an excellent spice for those who suffer from respiratory problems. It’s another stimulant that is a helpful aid in squashing respiratory ailments. Mustard contains high levels of niacin or vitamin B3, that help lower cholesterol levels, and protect the arteries from plaque build-up that can lead to increased blood pressure.
Turmeric - This is an antioxidant that defends against free radicals. It makes for an added asset to fight off certain types of cancer. Turmeric’s close botanical relative. ginger has long enjoyed a more promenade position on the herbalists shelf. Ginger has been shown to help lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and prevent blood clots that trigger Heart attacks and stroke. Herbalists are beginning to believe that these two together, Ginger and Turmeric can offer a one, two punch to fight these problems.
Spices are more commonly known as methods used to liven up our food dishes. But there are certain spices that actually help you lead a healthy life while adding flavor to your food.
My friend Amy Young Miller has a wonder article about you and blood pressure that I would encourage you to take a moment to read. You can find it at:
It is up to us to make our lives as healthy as possible, and often we can do that with just minor changes to our lifestyle and achieve outstanding results. I’m not offering any medical advice here as only your doctor can do that, but you might read up and be aware of these things so that when you see your doctor you can review them with him or her.
If you like cooking with spices, my book Spices In The Kitchen can be found on Amazon, at: http://chefwilliamlikes.me/Spices In The Kitchen. and contains information on spices as well as recipes.