Seven super spices for health
Now there’s a bigger reason to season your food than just a flavor boost — your health! Put away the saltshaker and pull out your spice rack. Many spices provide great health benefits and pack a powerful punch when it comes to disease-fighting properties. Whereas sodium contributes to higher blood pressure, which can lead to many health problems, spices can improve heart health, fight cancer, reduce inflammation, and more. So, the next time your food tastes boring or bland, consider grabbing one of these seven super spices and enjoy adding flavor to your food while improving your overall health, longevity and energy.
Cayenne pepper — This powerful red pepper is rich in antioxidants. Capsaicin is the potent compound that gives it its heat. Studies show that cayenne pepper has been found to aid in controlling appetite, enhancing metabolism and potentially stimulating fat burning. Try sprinkling cayenne pepper on hummus or guacamole for a dash of heat, or use it in marinades and dressings for a fiery flavor.
Cinnamon — Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant that helps give your immune system a boost and reduce inflammation. Research also suggests it may help lower blood sugar levels, helping to manage Type 2 diabetes. In fact, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon contains as many antioxidants as ½ cup of blueberries. Try adding cinnamon on whole-wheat toast or layer it in biscuit dough for a touch of sweetness.
Thyme — This versatile spice contains beneficial compounds called flavonoids that increase its antioxidant capacity. Just one teaspoon of thyme contains as many antioxidants as one carrot. Try sprinkling thyme on mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables. Add pizzazz to tuna salad or seafood with a few thyme leaves.