Magic of Spices
Containing curcumin and turmeric, this blend of spices is known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as being 50 times more potent than vitamin C or E.
There is some evidence that curry powder can helps prevent many forms of cancer, so why not sprinkle some into butternut squash to provide a kick alongside great health benefits.
Cinnamon is a key flavour and smell you may associate with Christmas time however it is also known to lower blood sugar levels, whilst curbing hunger and cravings.
Cinnamon is also full of antioxidants which help prevent glucose/energy spikes and dips by improving the way your cells metabolize glucose.
Additionally, research shows that eating half a teaspoon of cinnamon daily reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease within six weeks. The best way to do this is to add to your morning porridge, sprinkled on sweet potatoes or add to curry dishes.
Ginger is a great ingredient to use when suffering from an upset stomach as it relaxes the intestinal tract, easing cramps.
Also, gingerol, the chemical in ginger, is thought to reduce inflammation and block nerve pathways that process pain meaning daily consumption is thought to reduce muscle soreness.
Thai researchers detected that middle-aged women who consume a daily ginger supplement for two months experienced a greater attention span and scored higher on memory tests than women who took a placebo
Even though nutmeg has a hint of sweetness, it may help prevent cavities by fighting the germs with antibacterial compounds, reducing plaque formation by 50%. Additionally, nutmeg is rich in protective anti-inflammatory compounds that can lower your risk of cancer by confining tumour growth.
Interesting ways to add nutmeg into recipes is by grating over mashed potato, sweet potato or parsnips.
Capsaicin is the compound that gives cayenne its burn, whilst helping rising your body's thermostat, increasing up your metabolism and helping you burn extra calories and fat. One study found that people who added half a teaspoon to their meal ate 70 fewer calories at their next meal and craved fatty, salty foods less.
Cumin is a well-known ingredient in chilli and curry dishes however this spice has surprising benefits.
One tablespoon of cumin seeds provides 22 percent of your daily requirement for iron, a mineral that keeps your energy level high and your immune system in flu-fighting shape.
Hopefully this interesting information will encourage you to add these flavour bursting spices into your daily recipes, helping keep you healthier for longer.
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