If you’ve ever needed another reason to use more herbs and spices in your dishes (aside from the fact that they taste amazing), here you go: they can help you get healthier too.
How, you ask? Let’s find out!
They Fight Inflammation
Studies show that herbs and spices such as turmeric and cumin can help keep inflammation—both noticeable and hidden—at bay.
Noticeable inflammation, as the name suggests, is the kind that you feel, such as gastritis and arthritis. It’s hidden counterpart, on the other hand, is the type linked to conditions such as Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease.
They Fight Off Oxidative Damage
Known for their potent antioxidant properties, oregano, cinnamon, peppermint, thyme, and cloves help protect you from free radicals and oxidation that cause damage to cells, proteins, and DNA. This, in turn, reduces your risk for medical conditions such as heart disease and cancer.
They Help Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Cinnamon, in particular, does not only add a distinct Christmas-y flavour to your favourite food and drinks, it can also help regulate your blood sugar levels. This is why the spice is perfect for people diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and even diabetes.
They May Help Fight Cancer
Studies show that certain spices have properties that can reduce your risk for certain cancers. Garlic, for instance, has been shown to help keep colon cancer at bay—and that’s on top of fighting off cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis.
But that’s not all it does. Garlic can also help:
- Reduce cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure
- Fight off viruses
- Prevent harmful bacteria growth
Go Ahead, Spice Up Your Dishes!
And that’s it! You now have another great reason to use more herbs and spices in your dishes—as if you needed one, right?