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Spice Up Your Health! 7 Spices And Herbs You Should Be Ingesting

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I firmly believe that nature provides everything we need to live healthy and fulfilling lives. But we as humans sometimes think we are smarter than nature.

Are we now?

We could travel to some remote villages in South America, Africa or other locations and find natives who are much healthier than we are.

Why?

Because the chemicals, toxins and other human “wisdom” has not yet reached them. They survive on what nature provides and are happy doing so. Spices and herbs make up a large percentage of their meals and their life spans, signs of aging and energy levels show us that their diets must be a huge part of their great health.

I am not telling you to run to the deep jungles of South America to live like the natives. But I am saying you can integrate some of their natural wisdom into your life…

Here are 7 spices and herbs you should ingest on a regular basis to spice up your health.

#1: Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice that has held value near to gold in days of old. It comes from the bark of a tree and holds a lot of medical benefits.

  • A powerful antioxidant
  • Fights inflammation
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • and has been shown to lower blood sugar

#2: Basil

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This excellent herb comes from the mint family. Many cultures have used basil as a medicine and it is an excellent additive to various recipes. Scientists have been actively studying basil for potential anti-cancer properties. Benefits include:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiviral
  • Osteoarthritis prevention
  • and aids in helping digestion issues.

#3: Cardamom

This sweet and pungent spice is made from seeds of plants in India and surrounding areas. It is often found in pumpkin cake and bread mixes.

Some believe cardamom can prevent the growth of cancer cells. It is known to relieve upset stomachs and other experts believe cardamom will battle inflammation and lower blood pressure.

#4: Tumeric

This is a plant in the ginger family. Tumeric contains curcumin which experts say is way more powerful than Vitamin C or E as an inflammatory.

You can get Tumeric in curry powder used to rub on meats and fish. Or you can get a Tumeric supplement. Here is a great one that you can try at 50% off.

#5: Rosemary

This woody herb has some amazing health qualities. It is often added to olive oil and is known to keep arteries free of gunk and junk. Rosemary is also well known to help people with nasal congestion or allergies.

Have a case of hay fever? Try some soup with rosemary.

#6: Chile Peppers

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Chile peppers are chock full of capsaicin. This is what gives them their “kick.”

It has been shown that capsaicin actually increases the human metabolism which means burning more calories. Chile peppers can also decrease our hunger which can aid weight loss.

Chile peppers are also believed to help stop stomach ulcers by lowering the risk of infection.

Can’t take the heat of Chile peppers? Even the mild forms have amazing health qualities.

#7: Nutmeg

Often used in dessert recipes, nutmeg is made from the seeds of an evergreen tree. Nutmeg has excellent detoxification properties. It will rid the liver and kidneys of dangerous toxins.

Nutmeg is also well known to aid in sleep.

Conclusion

These are only 7 that immediately come to the top of the spicy health list, but there are many more. Consider these herbs and spices too:

  • Sage
  • Garlic
  • Cocoa
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Peppermint
  • and Cumin

Nature provides but we must be willing to accept. Start looking for recipes that call for these healthy spices and herbs.

I plan on doing some research of healthy cultures and some recipes they use that you may want to try.

Any suggestions from my readers would be great. You can do so in the comment area below.

Thank you for visiting… I love you all.