Spice up your Food for Health and Happiness

Waterlily By Waterlily, 20th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/x413_g8v/
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I'm sure we all would agree that without herbs and spices our foods would be rather bland. Now how about if I told you that some spices not only add flavor to your food but happiness and health to your life. Lets take a look at a few spices that we use daily.

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I'm sure we all would agree that without herbs and spices our foods would be rather bland. Now how about if I told you that some spices not only add flavor to your food but happiness and health to your life. Lets take a look at a few spices that we use daily.

Ginger:
Research shows ginger can reduce muscle aches due to exercise by at least 25 % and within 30 minutes. And better still there are no side effects that are found in aspirin. Also, in a study done with arthritis patients; patients who took 2 tsp of grated ginger had less inflammation that the placebo group.
Ginger is great in stirfrys, glazed carrots and sweet potatoes.

Cinnamon:
Cinnamon is full of antioxidants. Just 1 tsp of cinnamon contains as many antioxidants in half a cup of blueberries. Just 1/4 tsp of cinnamon a day cuts blood sugar levels by 30 % and regulates insulin. It is also known to lower cholesterol, open capillaries and reduce fats in the bloodstream which lower your risks of stroke and heart attack.
What would an apple pie be without cinnamon or maybe you like it in your coffee....Its not hard to incorporate a small amount of cinnamon in every day cooking.

Sage:
Did you know that the word sage means wisdom. I didn't either...Sage boosts memory. British scientists found when people took a sage extract before a memory test, they scored higher than those than didn't. Preliminary research suggests it may prevent Alzheimer's disease. In one study, patients who took sage for sixteen weeks saw their symptoms improve.
Sage is great in meat pies, stuffing and even gravy.

Nutmeg:
University of Michigan researchers say that nutmeg contain calming compounds that ease anxiety and prevent insomnia. As well as soothing your nervous system reducing your stress levels, it also lowers blood pressure. Nutmeg is also full of calcium and in clinical studies has alleviated the major PMS symptoms.
Nutmeg is great in pumpkin pie, of course but its also great in chicken recipes. At Christmas, it is great in eggnog:)

Thyme:
Thyme contains thymol and carvacrol which have shown to prevent a cold or at least shorten the length you have the cold. Thyme also reduces swelling in the nasal passages, breaks up congestion and helps us rid our bodies of excess phlegm.
Thyme goes well with a number of foods, such as, beef, lamb, root vegetables, wild game and mushrooms.

The more creative you are with your spices, the healthier and happier you will be..

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Cinnamom Benefits, Cinnamon, Food, Ginger, Ginger Benefits, Happiness, Health, Sage, Sage Benefits, Spices, Thyme

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I have a passion for photography and writing and try to combine each by doing photo essays. I also love to research other topics of interest and write about them.

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author avatar IcyFirefly
20th Jan 2014 (#)

I use all of the spices and herbs you've listed here. A fantastic and helpful article!

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author avatar Waterlily
20th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks very much, Icy :)

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author avatar vpaulose
21st Jan 2014 (#)

Very good info on spices. Thank you.

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author avatar Waterlily
21st Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks, vpaulose :)

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