The Power of Herbs and Spices
While we don’t often consume herbs and spices in large quantities, even small doses can be powerful providers of nutrients, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, cancer-fighting constituents, vitamins, minerals, and more.
Like turmeric, it’s also anti-inflammatory. This is why it’s so soothing for an upset stomach which can often be traced to a root cause of inflammation somewhere down the line. Ginger can decrease markers of inflammation such as C-reactive protein. Additionally, ginger can protect against stomach ulcers and treat menstrual cramps. It can also relieve nausea and diarrhea. Ginger tea is great for relieving flu symptoms as well. In terms of vitamins, you can get a vitamin B6 and vitamin C boost from the ginger. This may be why it’s so great for immunity. It is also helps tremendously with gut health.
Turmeric is an incredible inflammation fighter. It has a very powerful inflammatory property called Curcumin. Its anti-inflammatory benefits make it a good choice for healing leaky gut, improving digestion, and addressing autoimmune issues with inflammatory side effects. Due to curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties, it has the ability to slow down inflammation-related aging processes and diseases. Curcumin is also effective at increasing antioxidant capacity in the body. It’s one of the most concentrated antioxidant foods you can consume! curcumin can increase immunity with its antibacterial and anti-viral properties. One of the simplest ways to increase its bioavailability (or absorption by the body) is by using turmeric alongside a dash of black pepper.
Cinnamon is notoriously packed with antioxidants. It’s actually one of the most concentrated sources. Even just a little cinnamon, around 1 teaspoon per day, can help you get a healthy boost. Antioxidants help slow the aging process, reduce oxidative stress and rid the body of toxins. Cinnamon is an awesome food for the brain and body. It’s great for managing blood sugar and insulin levels. Like turmeric and ginger, cinnamon is also anti-inflammatory. If you really want to reap the benefits, have all three together. They just so happen to complement one another very well.
Sage can be used to boost brain function. When using it, you can expect a brain boost. It’s been known to increase memory recall and retention, so it may be a superfood for the mind. This may also be linked to the potential for sage to be a preventative food for degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Sage is relatively high in vitamin K. It may also stabilize cholesterol levels, treat symptoms of menopause, and improve blood sugar. Lastly, like most herbs and spices, sage has anti-inflammatory properties as well as plenty of antioxidants.
One of my favorite herbs to use in the kitchen is Cilantro. Cilantro not only has a ton of bennifital fiber but it is also packed with vitamin A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Cilantro Rids the Body of Heavy Metals, Protects Against Oxidative Stress, Lowers Anxiety and Improves Sleep, Lowers Blood Sugar Levels, Protects Against Cardiovascular Disease, Prevents Urinary Tract Infections, Settles Digestive Upset, Protects Against Food Poisoning, Supports Healthy Menstrual Function, Prevents Neurological Inflammation, Protects Against Colon Cancer, Soothes Skin Irritations
Parsley is considered a super food because it is a concentrated source of nutrition, antioxidants, and more. It is extremely high in vitamin K. Parsley also contains vitamin C, vitamin A, some folate (a B vitamin), and iron. It’s high in antioxidants, which can reduce free radical damage and oxidative stress markers. It’s even considered a chemo-protective plant due to its properties being able to fight damage to DNA. Parsley is both antibacterial and anti-fungal. Parsley oil is great for the skin because it can fight bacteria and clear blemishes
Cayenne, known as the Hot Pepper, is one of the highest anti-inflammatory spices out there. It is often known as male anti-inflammatory because it pounces on the the inflammation and knocks it out quickly. Yes there are many good nutritions facts that come from this small little pepper, but how it helps with lowering the inflammation is your body can do wonders. Cayenne can Helps Digestion, Relieves Migraine Pain, Prevents Blood Clots, Provides Detox Support, Relieves Joint and Nerve Pain, Supports Weight Loss, stomach Anti-Irritant, Boosts Metabolism, Fights Cold and Flu and the list could go on.
20 oz. Water, 1/2 inch Fresh Ginger, 1/4 tsp. Cayenne powder, 1/2 Lemmon, 1 tsp. Honey. Mix together and sip throughout the day.
Blend Fresh cilantro with coconut oil. Apply topically to soothe sunburns, dry skin, poison ivy, and hives caused by an allergic reaction.