Did you know that herbs and spices contain some of the most potent antioxidants that you can find?
In fact, many herbs rank way higher in antioxidant activity than fruits and vegetables, which are obviously high in antioxidants too.
In fact, the combination of certain herbs and spices with specific foods magnifies the antioxidant and nutrient value exponentially!
Cayenne or hot pepper flakes
Cinnamon or its cousin Cassia (which is what we in the United States use)
- Fat Burning – Herbs and spices are thermogenic, which means they naturally increase your metabolism and fat burning power, partly because they are so nutrient-dense.
- Regulating blood sugar and controlling insulin – When your blood sugar is well controlled, you are more likely to burn fat and store fewer calories as excess weight.
- Medicinal value – Scientific studies show that herbs and spices can actually work as well or better than some medications for certain health issues. (But check with your physician–before you quit any medications you may be on.)
- Lowering blood sugar – cinnamon significantly reduces blood sugar levels. It also improves cholesterol and triglyceride levels. One study of people with type 2 diabetes showed that as little as two teaspoons of cinnamon reduced blood sugar similar to blood sugar medication.
- Researchers found that the active ingredient in turmeric (curcumin) is more effective in slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s than some medications for this condition.
Herbs and spices can also increase your feelings of satisfaction and fullness after a meal, so you eat less.
Rosemary and basil are anti-inflammatory.
Cumin, turmeric and sage fight dementia.
Cayenne, coriander and cinnamon burn fat and help regulate insulin.
Lemon grass, nutmeg, bay leaves and saffron have a calming effect.
Turmeric is cancer fighting and helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Oregano is antifungal and antibacterial.
Garlic, mustard seed and chicory are excellent for the heart.
Basil and thyme help your skin become soft and smooth.
Turmeric, basil, cinnamon, thyme, saffron, garlic and ginger boost the immune system.
Coriander, rosemary, cayenne, allspice and black pepper help banish depression.
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