10 Herbs and Spices to Improve Your Health

by Rhonda Wylie on April 11, 2014

Herbs and Spices

CinnamonHealthy living is not always easy. We have to eat the right foods, exercise regularly, get periodic health checks, reduce stress; etc. Over the past few years,  I have been seeing a lot about the health benefits of herbs and spices. As a result, I have started using more of these herbs and spices when preparing food. Knowing our readers are health conscious, I decided to share a list of  10 of my favorite herbs and spices to use for health benefits:

1. Cinnamon – Known to regulate blood sugar in type 2 diabetic patients, has antioxidant properties, and curbs cravings for sweets. I like to put it into my coffee.

2. Garlic – One of my personal favorites…this little spice has many health benefits:Garlic

  • Has antibiotic and antimicrobial properties, making it good for fighting infections and acne
  • Helps support the immune system
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Helps to prevent hardening of the arteries
  • Fights against inflammation, which is great for people who suffer from auto immune diseases

Coriander3. Coriander – Reduces blood sugar, increases insulin release, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Although it comes from the herb, cilantro, it has a sweet taste. It is mostly used in Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine.

4. Oregano – Great for spicing up Italian dishes but has 4 times more antioxidants than blueberries.Oregano

Thyme

5. Thyme – This little herb is great to use in soups, stews and sauces. It has antiseptic and antibiotic properties.

6. Chili Powder – This hot little number is known to rev up your metabolism. In addition to chili, it’s a great spiceChili Powder for many foods. I like to use it in soups and stews, all Mexican dishes, and sprinkled on home-baked fries.

Ginger

7. Ginger – Like Garlic, ginger has many benefits. I like to sprinkle it in my hot tea. It has a unique, sweet taste and, like garlic, has  many benefits:

  • It has potent anti-inflammatory substances.
  • It’s a natural pain-killer.
  • It improves absorption of nutrients.
  • It aids in digestion.
  • It aids in fighting respiratory problems like a common cold.
  • It strengthens the immune system.
  • It inhibits fatty deposits in the arteries to aid in stroke prevention.

Rosemary8. Rosemary – This fragrant herb is known to improve memory, increase circulation, lower blood pressure, and act as an anti-histamine for allergy and asthma sufferers. It works great on beef, pork and chicken. For a healthy chicken recipe, check out Krista’s Lemon and Herbs Roasted Chicken.  

9. Cloves – Eugenol, the primary component found in cloves is known for its anti inflammatory effects. This makes cloves a perfect spice for people who suffer from auto-immune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to their anti-inflammatory properties, cloves are also used for their antiseptic and analgesic qualities. Try a little fresh ground cinnamon and cloves on a baked sweet potato. Yummy!Cloves

Sage10. Sage – It pairs well with rosemary and thyme. It has been known to improve memory, aid in digestion, and believed to improve the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Conclusion

When preparing your food, don’t just think of the health benefits of the food, but think about which herbs and  spices you can use to improve your overall health. Try using fresh, whole herbs and spices when possible to chop or grind. If you choose to use pre-packaged herbs and spices, just make sure they are fresh. I hope this list helps you in making healthy food choices for you and your family. What are some herbs and spices you like to use? In what foods do you like to use these 10 herbs and spices? I would love to hear from you with your opinion or comments. Happy Cooking!

References

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/10/spices-health_n_1085099.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/25/benefits-of-garlic_n_3990616.html

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/7-miracle-spices-with-huge-health-benefits-and-big- flavor/page2.html

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-benefits-of-ginger-that-you-didnt-know-about.html

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=69

http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_detail51.php?gc=51&gclid=CIukhsKQ170CF Wdk7Aodo0AArQ

http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/8_of_the_ worlds_healthiest_spices?page=2

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Written by Rhonda Wylie

Rhonda Wylie

Rhonda is a self-taught entrepreneur, blogger, and aspiring freelance writer, who is always eager to take on new challenges. She is on a self-improvement mission of cleaning out the negative clutter of her own life so she can become a happier, healthier, and more productive individual. Her hope is to inspire each person to eliminate the negative clutter that’s weighing them down, so we can all live our best life EVER!

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Beth Graves April 11, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Thanks for the tips! Never knew some of the things you mentioned about these spices!!

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Rhonda Wylie April 11, 2014 at 10:08 AM

You’re welcome. I’ve learned a lot too. :-)

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Michelle J. April 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Who knew? I’m glad I love both cinnamon and garlic (but never together).

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