Wednesday, May 2, 2012

9 Spices & Herbs for Good Health

We use spices and herbs to make our dishes more tasty.These spices can have high nutiritional values.Here are 9 such spices that,in addition to adding flavours to your cuisines can be helpful in other ways too:

1.Cinnamon:
A nutritional powerhouse,cinnamon is rich in antioxidant properties and help to fight diseases like cancer,Alzheimer's,diabates and Parkinson's.


2.Sage:
Sage is often associated with wisdom,and truly it helps memory and mood.It helps in curing dementia related problems by improving cognitive functions.


3.Turmeric:
The active ingredient in turmeric,called the curcumin,has mutiple health benefits.It is good for the cardiovascular system,helps to prevent ostioarthritis,sclerosis,cancer.


4.Thyme:
Thyme is good for digestion as well as good for the hair and scalp.It can prevent gas formation in the stomach.


5.Ginger:
Ginger helps to control nausea and also protects against gastric ulcers.It is a good healer for mentrual cramps,muscle pains and migraines.


6.Rosemary:
In ancient Greece,students used to wear rosemary headbands to memorize before exams.Actually carnosic acid, one of its components helps to protect brain from free-radical damage thus lowering chances of stroke and Alzheimer's.


7.Saffron:
The most expensive spice in the world,Saffron has anti-depression properties and increases blood flow to the brain that help to increase cognitive performance.


8.Basil:
A healthy herb,basil has strong antimicrobial and antiviral properties.It is also good for arthritis and or other inflammatory health problems.


9.Chili Peppers:
Chili peppers contain capsaicin that helps to regulate any chronic pain caused from headache,arthritis etc.It is useful to control blood sugar level.








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