Nutrition: Spice central

Super Spices

By Eric Chen, WAC Nutritionist and Wellness Coach

The key to longevity and disease prevention could be on the shelf of your panty! If you enjoy cooking with spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, cilantro, oregano, cayenne, garlic, lemongrass, or ginger, give yourself a pat on the back! Not only are you adding wonderful aromas and flavors to your dishes, you are taking good care of your body. We have conclusive evidence that these spices are extremely high in antioxidants and have potent anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-aging benefits. You’ll find many of these flavors in various cuisines—here are my top three!

  1. Ginger
    • Benefits: Highly effective for nausea, reducing inflammation/pain management, may help lower blood sugars, and fight infection.
    • How to use: Ginger tea, juice, in stir fry, broth/soup, with fish, or ginger extract/powder supplements
  2. Turmeric
    • Benefits: Powerful anti-inflammatory, improves hormone levels, fights neurodegenerative diseases
    • How to use: Add to smoothies, savory dishes, or take turmeric supplements
  3. Cinnamon
    • Benefits: Anti-inflammatory agent, may reduce risk of heart and kidney disease, may lower blood sugars, and can help fight bacterial and fungal infections
    • How to use: add to warm beverages, or spice up your smoothies, fruit, vegetables, and soups

—Posted April 4, 2018

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