Health Benefits of Common Spices and Herbs

May 11, 2016

 

Herbs and spices give life to dishes from around the world, but did you know that they also offer excellent health benefits? Herbs are essentially the leafy green parts of the plant, while spices come from a plant’s bark, seeds, and roots. In general, they aid in digestion, influence energy levels, and increase metabolism rates. Below are some common spices and herbs and their benefits:

 

  • Garlic – These strong-flavoured bulbs can lower cholesterol and even decrease the chances of stomach cancer. Garlic has antioxidant components, vitamins and minerals, and phyto-nutrients—all of which can help with strengthen your immune system.

 

  • Ginger – This root can be added to food or even boiled to make tea. Ginger is well-known for treating colds, sore throats, and bloating. It can also ease gas and even relieve motion sickness as well as nausea for pregnant women. Ginger is also recommended for people who have high blood pressure and arthritis.

 

  • Lemongrass – Lemongrass makes excellent tea but can also be consumed as a dish condiment. It has anti-septic properties that can provide protection from harmful microorganisms in your digestive tract. Lemongrass is also known to relive respiratory-related ailments such as hay fever or the flu. To prevent cancer and lower cholesterol levels, increase your intake of lemongrass.

 

  • Turmeric – An essential ingredient in curry, turmeric is one of the most beneficial spices there is. It can be used as a remedy for problems like jaundice, loss of appetite, gallbladder disorders, liver problems, bloating, intestinal gas, diarrhoea, stomach pain, arthritis, and heartburn.

 

  • Cinnamon – More commonly used for desserts and other sweet dishes, the aromatic cinnamon offers excellent medical purposes. It can be a remedy for high blood sugar levels and can help control diabetes. Packed with antioxidants, cinnamon can ward off bacteria, lower cholesterol levels, and provide protection for people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease.

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