Check out the health benefits offered by some very familiar herbs and spices

By June 10, 2019 Health & Nutrition

Herbs and spices are a common ingredient in Indian kitchens where we use them to enhance our food’s flavour. But often they’re doing much more than that for us given the potent health benefits of many of the common herbs and spices. Check out the article below where the author has tried to capture the health benefits offered by some of the herbs and spices commonly used in our kitchens. Team RetyrSmart

Check out the health benefits offered by some very familiar herbs and spices


This aromatic herb adds a flavourful — and nutritious — punch to many recipes. It is a powerful antioxidant and a rich source of calcium, potassium and iron. Plus, basil is a popular remedy for nausea and bug bites and may even help reduce memory loss, combat depression, support stroke recovery, lower blood pressure and more


Cayenne and other chili peppers contain an ingredient called capsaicin. This gives them their spice — and some of their health benefits. Capsaicin reduces the number of pain signals sent to your brain which can help people with arthritis and nerve damage due to diabetes. Furthermore, research has indicated capsaicin can help with weight loss, and it might have anti-cancer effects


Cinnamon is an extremely versatile ingredient used in recipes from sweet pumpkin spice lattes to savoury chili. And it offers a variety of health benefits, as well. Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, a phytochemical that may fight viruses, lower blood sugar and ward off diabetes, lower cholesterol, and protect against neurodegenerative diseases


The spice is loaded with antioxidant power. Cloves also have natural anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. And one study found a compound in cloves was 29 times more effective than aspirin in preventing blood clots


Coriander is made from seeds that grow cilantro plants. And as a seed, it has a different nutrient profile from the leaves people also eat. “Cilantro leaves have much higher levels of vitamins, but lower levels of minerals,” Healthline says. “Conversely, coriander seeds have lower levels of vitamins, but far more minerals.” Still, the two share some potential health benefits. Some promising studies show they might help reduce inflammation, lower your risk for heart disease, lower blood sugar and fight infections. But more research still must be done on this plant


Studies suggest that eating garlic may reduce cholesterol and triglycerides. Garlic also might be able to boost the immune system, improve brain and bone health, benefit athletic performance, reduce heavy metals in the body and more


Ginger long has been used as a remedy for upset stomachs and has been known to successfully treat nausea. Ginger offers anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce pain and stiffness, especially for those with osteoarthritis. And one study found ginger decreased colon inflammation in people at risk for colon cancer


The spice contains various compounds that boost mood, help relieve pain, and relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Some research suggests that a nutrient found in nutmeg may help slow cognitive decline in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and promote the recovery of brain tissue following a stroke


Oregano is high in antioxidants, which can fight diseases, such as cancer, and help decrease inflammation in the body. Plus, test-tube studies have shown oregano has properties that fight bacteria and viruses, but more research still must be done to see how this could impact humans.


This herb is a brilliant burst of green — chock-full of health benefits. It offers vitamin A carotenoids, which protect eye health, and vitamin K, which not only preserves blood health but also prevents excessive bleeding


Turmeric has been gaining notoriety lately for its anti-inflammatory properties. One of the components of turmeric is a substance called curcumin. Research suggests it may reduce inflammation in the brain, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and depression. It also is helpful for people with arthritis and other pain and swelling. And it might even have some cancer-fighting properties

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