Healthy Spices

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Healthy Spices

by Leanne Ely, CNC

Whether you realize it or not, there are health benefits to all the different spices we use to add flavor to our meals. Let’s take a look at a couple of spices with a whole new eye:

First up is cinnamon. McCormick Spices states that, “cinnamon has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice […] You’ll find as many antioxidants in 1 teaspoon of cinnamon as a full cup of pomegranate juice or 1/2 cup of blueberries.” And that’s really saying something because we all know that pomegranates and blueberries have earned fame for their levels of antioxidants. Simply add cinnamon plain to a bowl of oatmeal, sprinkled lightly on some apples, or on a nice baked sweet potato to get the benefits. Research has also shown as little as a teaspoon of cinnamon a day will help with blood sugar issues; great news for diabetics and those wanting to keep their blood sugar levels under control.

Next up is ginger. With a considerable amount of antioxidants, it also has a similar qualities of lavender in that it can induce a sense of calm and serenity. In other words, ginger can help us manage stress; I’m sure we could all use a good dose of that in our hectic lives. Also, ginger really helps your digestive system. If you’ve noticed that you can’t digest properly and you’re experiencing stomach pains, try adding a bit more ginger to your life, you’ll see and feel the difference. Ginger tea really helped me in pregnancy with morning sickness but be sure to check with your doctor if you’re pregnant or nursing before drinking Ginger tea or using Ginger supplements.

Next time we will take a look at oregano, turmeric and garlic, so stay tuned!

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one spice with you, what would it be?

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