Spices are much more than flavor enhancers. They often have important, zero side effect medicinal properties, too.
Herbs and Spices are Awesome
Predominantly, herbs and spices contain significant amounts of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. The highest quality herbs and spices are often more expensive than the generic brands. Not every part of the plant delivers the purported medical properties, although it may taste somewhat the same; i.e., root versus leaf versus blossoms versus stem.
Include the essential oil versions of herbs and spices in your health regimen
Oregano provides Vitamin K - a rare nutrient to most people's awareness, pure high quality oregano has 6 mcgs (micrograms) of K and is loaded with antioxidants. There is valid evidence that oregano essential oil can actually effectively thwart stomach flu.
Cinnamon. In its purest form, bark stripped responsibly from the plant and usually found in SE Asia, cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels, reduces fasting blood glucose levels and crucial for non-drug management of insulin resistance.
Rosemary. Marinating meat in a mixture containing rosemary has the potential to reduce the formation of free radicals by as much as 84%.Rosemary’s aromatic qualities are an undeniable delight to the olfactory senses.
The benefits of herbs and spices are impressive
Nutmeg has powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties; it can control the growth of tumors and reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Curry powder is a blend which always contains the stalwart herb turmeric. Turmeric is a wonder spice — it’s hugely anti-inflammatory. In fact, its powerful anti-inflammatory agent — curcumin — is 50 times more potent than vitamin C. With a history of inhibiting the growth of certain breast cancer cells,
curry is a staple in Indian cuisine.
Cumin provides 22% of your RDA of iron. Ground seeds have greater potency than the whole form.
Cayenne pepper (capsaicin) elevates the body’s metabolism enabling a higher rate of calories burning. Capasicin is hot to the tongue but very soothing to the gut! Pop a capsule of cayenne pepper instead of an antacid tablet!
Beware of and avoid irradiation in herbs and spices
"The FDA presently supports and actively promotes the use of Cobalt-60 culled from Nuclear Reactors as a form of "electronic pasteurization" on all domestically produced conventional food.
The use of euphemisms like "food additive" and "pasteurization" to describe the process of blasting food with high levels of gamma-radiation cannot obviate the fact that the very same death-rays generated by thermonuclear warfare to destroy life are now being applied to food to "make it safer" …
This is not a hypochondriac's rantings, as we aren't talking here about small amounts of radiation. The level of gamma-radiation used starts at 1KiloGray (equivalent to 16,700,000 chest x-rays or 333 times a human lethal dose) and goes all the way up to 30KiloGray (500,000,000 chest x-rays or 10,000 times a human lethal dose)."