Five Spices to Boost Your Health and the Taste of Your Food
Spices have been used in cooking for hundreds of years for their delicious flavours and various health benefits they provide. Many spices are said to treat illnesses, inflammation, pains and aches, but not all of us here in the UK make use of them on a regular basis. Adding a few into your meals can enhance the flavour with no extra calories, as well as improve your health.
Here are five spices to boost the health and taste of your food:
This Indian spice is the reason most curries have a strong yellow colour. Turmeric has strong antioxidant properties which derive from the Curcumin within it. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory that can prevent cancer, fight off bad bacteria, and it’s believed to be the main reason for India’s low rates of bowel cancer.
A warming spice we all seem to love at winter time to add a bit of kick to our food and drink. It’s been used for years for medicinal reasons, but its main benefit is to lower blood sugar levels, which is an anti-diabetic effect. It can also curb your appetite with its powerful antioxidants.
This strong spice may be best for anti-sickness relief and its ability to settle an unsettled stomach. It’s great for digestion and the common cold but also for treating symptoms of nausea - so it’s really useful if you’re pregnant!
Similar to Ginger, this spice is also great for your digestive system and is known to help heal a cold. It is also high in Iron, which we need to keep our energy levels high and boost our immune systems. It has a rich flavour that is widely used as a base for many Indian curries.
OK, we admit it: this isn’t a spice, it’s a herb. However, it is damn spicy! This chilli pepper is known as a ‘miracle herb’ and would give any dish a spicy kick. It cranks up the heat in your body and in turn stimulates circulation, digestion and cleanses the body.
Are there any spices that you swear by? Leave a comment and let us know!
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