What spices are good for health?
Spices are not only delicious but they also have other medicinal benefits.
Here are three spices I recommend trying.
Garlic is anti-microbial, so it is great for the immune system. It is also good for the heart and for the prevention and/or treatment of allergies. Raw garlic is best, but not the best tasting! Try roasting whole bulbs of garlic in the oven (350°F) for 25-30 minutes (until the cloves are soft and mushy). This cuts the intensity of garlic and increases its sweetness. Use as a spread on your favorite whole grain bread or as a topping for pizza.
This is the yellow spice in curry powders. It is anti-inflammatory and good for chronic conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, and acne. In addition to chronic diseases, it is also an excellent remedy for acute conditions, like musculoskeletal complaints (ie. sprained ankle). Mix 1-2 tablespoons in some water for a “natural aspirin.” Cook with tumeric, sprinkling it in your curries, rice salads, potato salads, and bean dishes.
Like turmeric, ginger is an anti-inflammatory root. It is also soothing to an upset tummy. You can make ginger tea as a digestive aid from fresh cut ginger steeped in hot water. It is also anti-microbial so it is good for when you are coming down with a cold. In addition to the immune benefits, ginger is also very beneficial to the heart and cardiovascular systems. Add ginger to stir-fries, lentil soup, and casseroles.