Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Super Spices

Perhaps your mother told you to eat your fruits and vegetables. But, did she ever tell you to eat you spices? It turns out that many spices have a very high concentrations of health promoting, protective antioxidants. In fact many spices have medicine like properties to heal and protect. It should not be a surprise that spices have long been part of Chinese and Indian medicine. Some of their properties are actual more powerful than over the counter and prescription medicines. An example is that the anti-inflammatory functionality of turmeric is more powerful than the anti-inflammatory capacity of aspirin. Some doctors prescribe turmeric capules for those with chronic arthritis. Another example is that oregano oil contains thymol and is a more effective antimicrobial, than some synthentic preservatives used to keep food fresh, like BHA, and BHT. It is also more effective at killing bacteria than some prescription antibotics. Of course, you need to make sure to see your doctor if you are sick.

Spices are a great way to add flavor and zest to foods without adding a lot of calories. Additionally many spices provide a significant dose of beneficial phytonutrients. Here is a list of some of the most beneficial spices, that we like to refer to as Super Spices.

  1. Turmeric
  2. Ginger
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Oregano
  5. Rosemary
  6. Thyme
  7. Paprika
  8. Red peppers


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