Spices have been integral part part of our food since centuries. Spices contain an impressive list of plant-derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.
They have been in use since ancient times for their anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-flatulent properties.
Spices contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps in controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
Cinnamon can help control blood-sugar problems, issues like stroke, heart disease and hypertension. Cinnamon should be purchased in sticks, as the ground variety loses flavor after a few months.
How to use cinnamon:
– Sprinkle cinnamon on apples, bananas, melons, and oranges.
– Make spiced tea: Put a quart of brewed tea into a pot, add 2 cups of apple juice, and gently simmer with a sliced lemon and two cinnamon sticks for 10 minutes.
It is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage and toothache, cystic fibrosis, liver disease.
How to use turmeric:
– Add a teaspoon of turmeric to a large pot of chicken noodle soup.
– Add a teaspoon of turmeric to homemade chili.
– Eat more yellow mustard, which contains turmeric.
3. Coriander – Cilantro
Coriander is a wonderful source of dietary fiber, manganese, iron and magnesium as well. Coriander leaves are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and protein.
The health benefits of coriander include its use in the treatment of skin inflammation , high cholesterol levels, diarrhea, mouth ulcers, anemia, indigestion, menstrual disorders, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, and blood sugar disorders, while also benefiting eye care.
How to use coriander:
– Mix coriander seeds with peppercorns in your peppermill.
– Coarsely grind coriander and rub it into meats or fish before cooking.
– Add whole or ground seeds to stews, casseroles, marinades, vinaigrettes and pickled dishes.