spices

We often think of “herbal nutrition” as the supplements, teas, and detox drinks we consume. The common spices found in your kitchen cabinet are not only delicious but good for your health. Here are five spices that you should add liberally to your cooking or turn into tea.

Fennel

Fennel is a flowering plant species in the carrot family. It is a hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean but has become widely naturalized in many parts of the world.

Fennel reduces gastrointestinal distress, specifically gas and/bloating, reduces bowel inflammation, and may alleviate symptoms of IBS. There have also been small studies showing that fennel may help with pain management in osteoarthritis.



Dill

Dill is an annual herb in the celery family Apiaceae. It is the only species in the genus Anethum. Dill is grown widely in Eurasia, where its leaves and seeds are used as a herb or spice for flavoring food.

Studies have shown that Dill may help manage type-2 diabetes as well as reduce the probability of developing it. Animal studies have also shown that dill can reduce LDL cholesterol.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. It is used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavoring additive in a wide variety of cuisines, sweet and savory dishes, breakfast cereals, snack foods, tea, and traditional foods.



Cinnamon is prebiotic, meaning that it can feed beneficial gut bacteria and help restore gut balance. This spice also helps to lower fasting blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that cinnamon may be able to slow the formation of proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Rosemary

Rosemary is an herb native to the Mediterranean region. The leaf and its oil are commonly used in food and also to make medicine. Studies have shown that Rosemary essential oil may help to reduce anxiety and stress, as well as improve cognitive performance.

Cayenne

The cayenne pepper is a type of Capsicum annuum. It is usually a moderately hot chili pepper used to flavor dishes. 

A component of Cayenne, capsaicin, has been extensively studied for its ability to reduce pain when applied topically. There’s evidence that cayenne may also help to reduce sinus congestion as well as improve blood vessel health



Cooking with and the consumption of these spices will assist you to live a healthier lifestyle. Adding them to your recipes and cooking will also help make your meals a little more tasty!

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