If you’re anything like me you might just throw in a teaspoon of whatever spices you have knocking about in the cupboard to your dish in the hope that it will add some flavor. Well the brownie points go to us, that little sprinkle, all be it a last minute thought, can actually boost the nutritional value of your food and even deliver some disease fighting phytonutrients.
Let’s take a look at what we can gain from simply adding a little spice at dinner time!
- Turmeric: contains a powerful pigment known as curcumin that brings anti-inflammatory properties to this popular spice which could bring relief to rheumatoid arthritis sufferers as well as other inflammatory diseases and cancers.
- Cinnamon: whether you add it to your pumpkin pie or homemade granola it can help prevent blood sugar spikes that lead to cravings throughout the day, long term the antioxidant properties of cinnamon can reduce risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.
- Ginger: you may already be aware of the fact that ginger settles an upset stomach but it also reduces inflammation and pain, perfect if you suffer from exercise related muscle soreness, throw it freshly grated into a post workout smoothie.
- Cayenne Pepper: this little fire cracker will bring a good source of antioxidants to your dish which help fight free radicals in the body that can lead to premature aging, illness and disease.
- Nutmeg: is for life not just for Christmas! You can expect a host of benefits including detoxification of the liver and kidneys, pain and indigestion relief, healthier skin and better sleep by adding nutmeg to your day; try a pinch in your coffee or a sprinkle on your oatmeal to brighten up any morning.