The spices in your kitchen could be giving you more than just a dose of flavor. Check out these everyday super-spices, and how they may help you stay well!
How much heat can you take? The hotter the pepper, the greater the health benefits may be – and that’s all thanks to capsaicin, a compound found in chili peppers, which boosts body temperature and metabolism. Translation? It could help with weight loss. Capsaicin is also known for lowering the risk of ulcers. Savor it: Burmese chile pepper sauce
Stomach soothing, cold relief – what could we possibly tell you about ginger that you don’t already know? For one, the root may help soothe arthritis pain, ease achy muscles, and calm down cramps. Savor it: Chinese ginger wine soup with black sesame oil and egg
Like the younger sister of The Most Popular Girl in School, turmeric is sometimes known as ginger’s pungent, yellow cousin. But turmeric has so much more to offer! In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, the sassy spice has a component called curcumin, which may delay liver damage and reduce chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Savor it: Turmeric-spiced eggplant with Israeli couscous
One of our go-to spices, cinnamon is like a familiar friend with a hidden talent (or many). We know it can relieve indigestion and improve appetite, but studies have also shown that cinnamon can help stabilize blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Savor it: Baked Cinnamon Apple Crisps
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