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Healthy Herbs and Spices

Posted on May 16th, 2011

Monday Morsel

sometimes random.
sometimes deep.
just a little something
to begin your week.
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Since buying our house, I have found a new enjoyable pastime: gardening. The past two summers I have begun to learn more about how to help my plants flourish, and I can’t wait to try again this summer. With gardening season almost upon us Chicagoans, I researched the health benefits of herbs and spices.

Now that I am aware of the amazing health benefits described below, I look forward to finding new recipes that include these powerful herbs and spices. If you have a recipe you particularly enjoy that uses your favorite herbs and spices, please share in the comments section below; I will do the same!

  • Basil

-protects against bacterial growth

-lessens inflammation

-protects cells from free radical damage

Add to:

Pesto
Salad
Pasta

  • Rosemary

-improves eye health

-offsets carcinogens in grilled meat (as mentioned in past Monday Morsel)

-improves blood flow to brain

-increases circulation

-improves digestion

-relaxes muscles

Add to:

Marinades
Foccacia bread
Vegetables

  • Oregano

-fights off infections

-contains four times the antioxidants of blueberries

-may help prevent cancer

Add to:

Pizza
Dressings
Fish

  • Parsley

-may help to stop tumor growth

-protects body from carcinogens from grilled meat

-promotes heart health

-may help pass kidney stones

-prevents buildup in arteries

-freshens breath

Add to:

Seafood
Salad
Tabbouleh

  • Mint

-relieves stomach pain

-may help prevent cancer

-aids better breathing, especially for people with asthma

Add to:

Tea
Fruit Salad
Drinks

  • Turmeric

-lowers inflammation levels that may help prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome

-may stop tumor formation (as mentioned in a past Monday Morsel)

-stops free radical damage

-lowers cholesterol

-may slow Alzheimer’s progression in the brain

-heals skin infections when used topically

Add to:

Eggs
Lentils
Vegetables including Brussels sprouts (I sprinkle turmeric on Brussels sprouts when roasting. *Be sure to add black pepper as it helps the body absorb turmeric for maximum effect.)

  • Ginger

-alleviates nausea symptoms

-decreases arthritis pain

-decreases inflammation

-may stop tumor growth

Add to:

Rice
Tea
Lemonade
Sweet Potatoes

  • Cinnamon

-stimulates the bodies circulatory systems

-regulates blood sugar

-lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels (fats that build up in blood)

-counteracts congestion

-may treat osteoarthritis

-improves blood circulation

-lessens inflammation

-stops growth of bacteria, especially yeast

-enhances brain function

Add to:

Coffee (I have heard cinnamon cuts the acidity in coffee.)
Oatmeal
Smoothie

  • Garlic

-may help prevent cancer, particularly colon cancer

-lowers total cholesterol and triglyceride levels

-has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral effects

-may stop blood clots from forming in arteries

Add to:

Roasted Vegetables
Chili
Guacamole

Information found at:

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-cancer-fighting-spices.html#ixzz1LoU8p43o

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Thanksgiving/story?id=1337250

www.whfoods.com

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