7 Spices with Insane Health Benefits

Spices, like these, have been used as home remedies across the world for centuries.

Healthy food shouldn’t be bland! There are better ways to add delicious flavor than deep frying food or packing it full of sugar. One of the best ways to add taste is with fresh herbs and spices. These will add flavor and provide a variety of vitamins and minerals, as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties.

7 Spices with Insane Health Benefits

Spices have been used as home remedies across the world for centuries. You can use them to brew teas, flavor meat, make sauces, and more. Check out these 7 nutritious spices with amazing health benefits.

1. Ceylon Cinnamon

Although real Ceylon cinnamon can be hard to find, it’s definitely worth the search. This cinnamon has a variety of amazing health benefits, including lowering your blood sugar and contributing to good heart health. Cinnamon is incredibly easy to incorporate into your everyday diet, which makes it more likely that you’ll reap the benefits. Try adding it into your morning coffee or sprinkling it over a bowl of oatmeal. You can also try making cinnamon flavored roasted nuts at home. Spice up your diet with: Apple Cinnamon Streussel Cake, Slow Cooker Cinnamon and Pecan Bread Pudding, Slow Cooker Cinnamon and Honey Nuts, or Cinnamon Spiced Coffee.

2. Ginger

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Ginger is used to treat upset stomachs. It relaxes your intestinal tract and acts as an anti-inflammatory, relieving stomach aches, nausea, and vomiting. Ginger is also incredibly versatile. One great way to use it as a natural remedy is to brew ginger tea. It can also be used in entrees, salads, desserts, or grated over oatmeal. Try Garlic Ginger Green Beans.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric is another spice that can be used to treat stomach issues. It has potent anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe the digestive system. It can be used to treat menstrual cramps, jaundice, and even inflammatory bowel disease. Recent studies show that it can also aid in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and cystic fibrosis. Our Spicy Potato and Chickpea Stew and Crispy Kale and Pumpkin Croquettes are fabulous ways to enjoy this benefits of this spice.

4. Basil

Half a cup of fresh, chopped basil contains nearly 100% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin K. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin necessary for effective blood clotting. It’s also linked to strong bones and helps fight off heart disease. Basil contains an array of other essential vitamins that work together to keep your internal organs in top shape. Our Tomato and Basil Bruschetta, Broccoli Basil Cream Soup, and Basil Pesto with Roasted Pecans will leave you wanting more.

5. Ginseng

Ginseng contains powerful elements called ginsenosides believed to boost the immune system, lower blood sugar, improve concentration, keep your heart healthy, prevent high blood pressure, and even help reduce the occurrence of colds. You can find ginseng in supplement form, but you can also use it in cooking.

6. Cayenne Pepper

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Cayenne pepper is a frequent ingredient in cleanses and detox plans. It cleans toxins from your body and soothes digestion. You can use this powerful ingredient to add spice to your meals. Just a little bit will bring out tons of heat! Turn up the temperature, along with the flavor, with Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef or Stuffed Philly Chicken Peppers.

7. Fennel

Fennel is full of health-boosting antioxidants and Vitamin C. Together, these elements work to give your immune system a powerful boost. Fennel provides fiber, folate, and potassium. There are tons of great recipes that include fennel. You can include it in all kinds of cuisine, from Mediterranean to Italian pasta. You’ll love our Fennel Gratin!

If you’re ready to start incorporating these incredible, health-boosting spices in your diet, check out these 11 fall recipes made with cinnamon or check out this ultimate superfood shopping list.

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Sofia Lopez

Sofia received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA from San Francisco State University. She creates workouts and fitness challenges. Her hobbies include running, hiking, and listening to audiobooks from the exercise bike.

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