Good seasoning can bring any dish to life, but did you know some spices have excellent health benefits? Read on to discover the benefits of using spices.
Pepper has long been known as ‘The Master Spice’ and for good reason. Not only is it the most commonly used spice, it also has digestive benefits. It triggers the stomach to release hydrochloric acid, which aids in digestion. It is a rich source of manganese, iron, potassium, Vitamin C and fiber.
2. Curry Powder
Curry powders have a high concentration of turmeric that contains curcumin – a powerful anti-inflammatory. Many studies have shown it inhibits the growth of certain cancer cells, protects against heart disease and protects the immune system.
Just one teaspoon packs a huge punch of Vitamin K and as many antioxidants as 3 cups of spinach! It has antifungal and antibacterial properties and is useful in treating upper respiratory infections.
The antioxidants in cinnamon help maintain blood sugar levels by improving the way cells metabolize glucose. Not only does this help curb hunger and cravings, ingesting cinnamon daily can reduce the risks of diabetes and heart disease.
Just one tablespoon of cumin contains a fifth of your daily iron requirement. Preliminary research suggests cumin may also boost your brainpower.
Store them with care
Moisture and heat can reduce the potency and flavor of your spices. Remember to store them in a cool, dry place.