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Spices for Health

Spices to Improve Your Health

Spices are more powerful than you might think. Throughout history, they've lent a hand in shaping the world. The first use of spice is thought to date back to 50,000 years B.C. By the late 13th century A.D., common spices from Asia--cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pepper and ginger root--were in hot demand in Europe. Obtaining these sought-after seasonings spurred global exploration and even led to discovery of the Americas. These days, spices add punch and flavor to food--and life.

Reach for the spice rack and spice up your health as well as your food. Almost every day, researchers discover more and more ways that herbs and spices boost health, providing benefits for health concerns from a cancer condition to Alzheimer’s dis-ease.

The main reason for spices’ healthy shot in the arm is the phytochemicals they contain. Phytochemicals are powerful complex substances that are found in high concentrations in many herbs and spices.

Add liberal amounts of these spices to your food:


1) Cinnamon. Cinnamon helps the body buffer the acid glucose and in turn helps to reduce the body's need of acid binding cholesterol, which may protect from heart dis-ease and diabetes and improve the health of those already suffering from these acidic symptoms. Cinnamon may also help in weight loss by reducing dietary and metabolic acid. Use cinnamon to:

1). Spice chai tea along with cardomom.
2). Spice vegetable, and curry dishes along with cloves.
3). Chew after dessert if you have blood sugar problems.


2) Cilantro. Like other dark, leafy vegetables, cilantro is high in vitamins A and K as well as beta-carotene. It also contains a natural antibiotic called dodecenal, which was shown in a study to be more effective than a prescription antibiotic at buffering acid and biologically transforming the bacteria Salmonella.

3) Garlic. Ancient Egyptians used garlic to treat heart disease, and modern science has found it to be a potent antioxidant which lowers dietary and metabolic acid and thus is anti-thrombotic.

4) Ginger. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory which combats dietary and metabolic acids that cause inflammation. It also soothes queasy acid stomachs due to motion sickness, morning sickness and post-operative nausea - all acidic conditions.

5) Parsley. Parsley has high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin that promote eye health as well as large amounts of vitamins A and K. It may be useful in combating the acids that cause cancer, heart disease and allergies.

6) Rosemary. The phytochemicals or anti-acids in rosemary cut the cancerous-inducing acids contained in all meats. It may also aid diabetics and slow aging by reducing dietary and metabolic acids.

7) Turmeric. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory or anti-acid substance. It may play a role in buffering the acids that cause ALL cancerous conditions and reducing the buildup of acidic plaque in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s.

8) Cardomom: It aids in digestion, by producing stomach acids. Very aromatic in nature, it can be used as a mouth freshener. Use Cardomom to:

1). Spice Chai tea with cardomom
2). Spice delicate desserts like rice puddings with cardomom.
3). Chew a pod, or just the seeds as a mouth freshener after dinner.

9) Cloves: In India, cloves are used to spice up curries. Cloves are known world over for their pain relieving properties for toothaches. They are also known to have antibiotic properties. Use cloves to:

1).Spice curries along with cinnamon
2).To help ease nausea along with some ginger
3).Apply clove oil to relieve a toothache.

10) Saffron: Known as the queen of spices, saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. Saffron also is an antioxidant, and contains water soluble carotene. Some recent research suggests that it may help with moodiness associated with PMS. Ii is known to help with depression and insomnia. Use saffron to:

1). Help with insomnia, by adding it to a cup of warm milk.
2). Spice desserts with saffron, especially puddings.
3). Use to spice a risotto.
Tips & Warnings
  • Boil water with combination of spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, and have your house smelling nice in minutes.
  • Buy whole spices, and powder them when needed. Ground spices lose their antioxidant properties when stored for a long time.
  • Turmeric stains are very potent stains. Be careful while handling turmeric.