You might not know it, but in your kitchen lies a small drugstore. No, we are not talking about fruits and vegetables, but about something else. Spices and seasoning. Known and highly praised since ancient times, even used as currency in some parts of the world, spices are the easiest way to give a special flavor to our food, while having a lot of health benefits.
Whether you have a headache, a cold or you want to lose a few pounds quickly, spices can help. The important thing is knowing which ones to use.
1. Cinnamon lowers cholesterol and can help you lose weight
Besides the fact that it has positive effects on memory, protects your stomach and can help you keep away urinary infections, cinnamon lowers cholesterol by up to 30 % when consumed daily in small amounts. It can be added to tea or it can be used to flavor various desserts. Besides the benefits mentioned above, cinnamon helps with the healthy processing of carbohydrates, thus accelerating the weight loss process. However, it is recommended that such a cure to be held only with the prior consent of the doctor and no more than for one month.
2. Oregano prevents cancer and keeps infections away from the body
Known for its Mediterranean flavor and successful use in Italian cuisine, used in both salads and in sauces or meat, oregano is an herb rich in antioxidants, which makes it beneficial in the fight against cancer. Not to mention the fact that if you are undergoing an immunity diet, oregano will help a lot in this process, strengthening immunity to keep infections away from the body. Oregano can be eaten both fresh and dried, having equal benefits.
3. Curry prevents cancer and dementia
Recent studies have shown that both stomach cancer and pancreatic or rectal can be kept away with curry consumption. Curry contains a special substance, curcumin, which can kill cancer cells, having an antioxidant effects and helping at the same time to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.
4. Peppermint soothes the intestinal tract and aids digestion
Used mainly as a medicinal plant and for delicious summer teas, mint is less used as a spice in our different countries although it is used in the preparation of various dishes containing meat, pasta or soups. However, few people know mint as a great spice that aids digestion and soothes the intestinal tract when indigestion is present.
5. Cloves relieve toothaches and fight infections
Chewing a clove for a few minutes you can get rid of unpleasant tooth pain and it can also protect you against infections due to the antiseptic properties that are in this plant. Cloves are also used to remove bloating, nausea and vomiting, to treat colds and even relieving ear nose throat infections.
6. Thyme fights against cough
Since it is the flu season, it would be good to know that thyme can help to quickly get rid of that annoying and tiring cough. A cup of savory tea two times a day, morning and evening, will strengthen the body because the plant is rich in antioxidants and helps fight against fever, if you’re already cold.
7. Chili pepper takes care of your figure speeding combustion of fat
Chili peppers can be a good ally in weight loss because they increase the burning rate by up to 30 %. Along with wasabi and Tabasco, chili peppers has the ability to stimulate adrenaline and the level of endorphins in the body. They are also great for homemade anti cellulite wraps, but be careful if you have sensitive skin, since they can produce rashes.
8. Onions keep you supple
If until now you avoided the specific smell and taste of onions, from now on you should become a fan of them: onions destroy unhealthy fats from food and help your body eliminate excess fluids. The only condition is to eat it fresh, otherwise its properties decrease significantly. What do you say? Is is worth it?
9. Ginger eliminates nausea
Through its particular flavor, ginger relaxes blood vessels and may eliminate nausea being very effective in the case of dizziness. Some doctors also recommend ginger if the stomach has problems or in the case of blood circulation problems.
10. Parsley protects your heart and helps you lose weight
Parsley is an herb rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and folic acid, whose consumption can help you lose weight, protects your heart and keeps the flu at a distance. Add it in abundance, fresh, to meat dishes, soups, salads so you can enjoy all its benefits.
Do you consume some of these spices on a regular basis? Which ones?