UPDATED: Mar 26, 2020
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Spices are extremely rich in natural antioxidants and health defending substances that improve longevity. Incorporating the following spices into your diet can enhance your likelihood of living a long and healthy life.
Garlic doesn’t just ward off vampires. It also has antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties, has been shown to improve cholesterol, lower blood pressure and may even prevent cancer. Consuming half to one clove of garlic daily may reduce cholesterol by nearly ten percent. This great news for your heart, but bad news for your breath. To balance out the pungency, chew on fresh parsley, mint or basil.
Turmeric, the yellow spice that gives curry its distinctive color, helps improve circulation and prevents blood clots. The modern anticoagulant Coumadin, which is used to prevent blood clots, originally came from turmeric. Tumeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and antioxidant properties. It also combats amyloids, the plaque-like proteins that build up in brain tissue and lead to such diseases as Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis.
Found in curries, rice dishes and sweet bread, cardamom is the spice that gives chai tea its characteristic flavor. Cardamom has long been valued medicinally in Asia for its ability to increase circulation and improve your energy level. Considered an aphrodisiac in some cultures, cardamom also helps improve digestion, freshen your breath, brighten a bad mood and may even increase your mental acuity.
Well known in the West for its anti-nausea health properties, ginger is also thought to relieve the aches and pains of arthritis, headaches and sore muscles. Ginger is the perfect complement to vegetables, marinades, sweets and tea. Try adding it to your diet to experience its health benefits.
Cinnamon has been valued for its health benefits since ancient times and has recently enjoyed time in the research spotlight. Research has demonstrated improvement in insulin sensitivity with cinnamon polyphenols, as well as total and LDL cholesterol. Cinnamon is also thought to detoxify the system, stimulate brain function and its antiseptic properties give it the ability to combat bladder infections. Enjoy some of its health benefits in your next cup of coffee.
Rosemary also has significant health benefits. The aromatic herb contains certain oils that help stimulate brain activities and increase brain alertness. Like cardamom, rosemary contains cineole. Rosemary also aids in digestion and perks up your immune system. It has been used to treat headaches and poor circulation. Steep it as tea, use in your poultry dishes and soups.
Spice up your life with the above spices, and you may outlive your term life insurance policy!