How Spices and Herbs Can Benefit Your Health

Did you know that spices and herbs can be beneficial to your health?  I want to focus on them because many of you don’t know much about them except to spice up a dish. They are also filled with potent nutrients which can enhance your health.

Some of the herbs and spices with benefits are oregano, cinnamon, mint, turmeric, rosemary, clove, and parsley. They are all anti-inflammatory which means that they could help reduce joint and muscle swelling. Many people take over the counter medications for aches and pains. Adding certain spices to your diet may help you recover from aches quicker.

Many of the top herbs and spices such as are oregano, cinnamon, mint, turmeric, rosemary, clove, and parsley are very good sources of anti-oxidant nutrients, and contain vitamins and minerals. They even contain fiber, protein and healthy fats! They have other "anti" factors also like antibacterial and anti-fungal elements.

Cinnamon is also reported to help control blood sugar. 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can provide improved insulin resistance, which in turn decreases heart disease risk and also helps with weight control.  If you are eating something sweet, add a half a teaspoon of cinnamon to it to moderate any blood sugar spikes.

Some herbs are best taken like a tea even though technically they are not a true tea. There are many different herbs made into tea with benefits you might not know about. Most of you have access to black tea like Lipton. Some of you may know the benefits of green tea so let’s look at some of the more unknown ones.

There are teas to relax or sleep containing some or all of the herbs such as valerian, chamomile, lemon balm, passion flower, hops and lavender.  Teas to have a clear mind have ginseng, rosemary, lemon balm, hibiscus, sage and ginkgo. Caffeinated teas also help have a sharp mind.

As I research some herbs are good for relaxation and digestion and others help in other combined ways. There are also teas used for a laxative and for cleansing. There are cough tea, diet tea, gas eliminating tea as well as many more. 

As you can see, herbs can be beneficial but also overwhelming to combine and understand. Please consult a doctor before starting new herbs and spices as they may not be beneficial for you but great for someone else.