September 04, 2012
Top 5 Spices You Should Be Eating
Buying bucket-loads of pharmaceutical pills that seem only to worsen—or make more—symptoms is both costly and often ineffective. Little did we know that our cooking cabinets can sometimes serve as mini-medicine cabinets! Here are 5 spices you probably already have that can improve the quality of your life. Turmeric. If I had to talk about only one spice, turmeric would be it. Turmeric and its main component, curcumin, are antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. (Given that inflammation is a common link between various conditions from arthritis to heart disease, this powerhouse anti-inflammatory is a good spice to have in your cabinet.) A UCLA study found that curcumin blocks cancer growth; another study by the University of Texas associates turmeric with possibly slowing the spread of breast cancer. Additionally, many experts believe that the reason India’s elderly population has such few cases of Alzheimer’scompared to Americans is because of this spice. How to use it
- Sprinkle it on meat before grilling it to lower the amount of carcinogenic heterocyclic amines (HCAs) formed when meat is grilled.
- Brew a teaspoon of turmeric with a pot of boiled water and add a drop of lemon juice or honey.
- Add to curries or even deviled eggs (and egg sandwiches) for a bold yellow hue and more complex, flavorful taste.
- Add to almost any baked good or tea. In addition, “sweet spices such as cinnamon can also satisfy cravings and when added to tea or fruit, may eliminate the need for supplementary sweeteners,” according to Cheryl Forberg, R.D..
- Try this healthy smoothie or juice: 1 apple, 1/8 tsp turmeric, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, 2 cups water. Add organic yogurt or honey for added flavor and nutrition.
- Add oregano to any Italian dish. It’s easy to grow in a garden—even in small spaces like apartments.
- Add 5 drops of oregano oil and 5 drops of peppermint oil to 4 cups of distilled water for an easy (and economical) homemade mouthwash. Add clove oil if you’ve got a toothache.
- Cut off a small chunk of ginger, dice or crush it, and throw it into a pot of boiling water. Add lemon juice and honey to your tea for a pleasant and extremely healthy morning drink. Drink it instead of coffee for two weeks and you’ll find yourself more invigorated.
- Brew a cup or rosemary tea for an antioxidant, anti-yeast boost. Some say it can even help alleviate symptoms of Meniere’s disease.
- Add a sprig of rosemary to a pot of potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, and animal bone like chicken or beef for a great stew or homemade broth.