Common Spices and their Beneficial Properties

Spices, as simple as they seem, are actually anything but. In addition to adding flavour to foods and dishes, many spices contain properties that can benefit the human body in various ways. This information comes from The Washington Post. 

Cardamom: Cardamom is used in alternative medicine practices to remove toxins from the body. Further, it has been affiliated with anti-tumor activity.

Cayenne: Cayenne has been proven to heighten blood circulation within the body and can help to aid in weight loss.

Cinnamon: One of my personal favourites, cinnamon is commonly found in Chinese medicine due to its antioxidant properties. Some studies have proven its ability to improve glucose sensitivity.

 

Cumin: In earlier times, cumin was added to foods to encourage digestion and therefore the absorption of various nutrients in the body from foods ingested. More recently, studies have unveiled that cumin contains antibacterial qualities, specifically if affiliated with the digestive system and its properties.
Ginger: Ginger is sometimes recommended to help calm an upset stomach or nausea, and it also has been proven to exude anti-inflammatory abilities.

Black Pepper: Despite being considered a relatively normal, everyday spice, black pepper has been proven to reduce blood lipids and also decrease cholesterol absorption.
Tumeric: Tumeric contains an ingredient called Curcumin, which has been proven to aid in decreasing inflammation, contain antioxidants, be antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal, help to fight cancer and other diseases such as diabetes, allergies, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease, and essentially help to combat various chronic diseases and illnesses.
Who knew common household spices were so advantageous in terms of their ability to boost different functions of the body? These are a few examples of spices that are beneficial to ingest, and I believe there are others in existence in addition to this list.
So, what’s your favourite spice? Let’s get cooking!

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