Super Spices and Herbs Promote Radiant Health

Super herbs and spices as well as superfoods go hand in hand to promote optimal health. Do not wait until you are diagnosed with a degenerative disease. Be proactive and prevent illness by eating foods that promote health and longevity. In general, the conventional medical establishment does not research the healing properties of food, spices and herbs because it promotes drugs. However, thousands of studies in journals on nutrition throughout the world confirm the profound effect food, herbs and spices have on our health.

Spices and herbs are known to aid fat burning and boost metabolism, help stabilize blood sugar, have power anti-inflammatory properties, and have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. When multiple studies from diverse sources report the same findings, I believe they deserve our attention.

Below are my top 10 spices and herbs that promote health. Some I use consistently to prevent cancer and heart disease while staying healthy and active.

Cinnamon – has high antioxidant properties, improves cardiovascular health, regulates blood sugar levels, improves brain functions, and relieves pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. Cinnamon is great with fresh fruit, breakfast food and in baked goods. I use it every day!

Turmeric – is a strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties and a COX-2 inhibitor. It prevents cancer growth, strengthens the immune system, lessons plaque development within the arteries, improves liver function, prevents osteoarthritis, and slows the development of Alzheimer’s disease. I put it on eggs and salads of all kinds.

Ginger – fights free radicals within the body and has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. It quiets nausea, improves digestion and protects against gastric ulcers, reduces menstrual pain and migraines, and prevents osteoarthritis and other chronic inflammatory conditions. Large quantities have negative side effects, and it may interfere with some medications. Ginger tea supports great health.

Oregano – contains an oil that is a highly potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral agent. It strengthens the immune system, relieves inflammation internally and externally, speeds up toxin elimination, and improves bone health. I never travel without oregano oil. A few drops in a little water is my remedy to boost my immune system while traveling. I use it on insect bites, and it successfully eliminated a toe nail fungus.

Garlic – boosts immunity to fight disease, reduces blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, prevents Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, detoxifies heavy metals in the body and combats cancer. I put a clove of garlic in a smoothie almost every day as well as cook with an abundance of it. (Italians and garlic are inseparable.)

Cayenne – is anti-inflammatory, raises your metabolism, stimulates digestive enzymes, regulates blood sugar, helps prevent stomach ulcers, reduces LDL blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, decreases the formation of harmful blood clots, and lowers blood pressure. I drink it as a weak tea to prevent high blood pressure.

Thyme – has been known to treat bronchitis sore throats and asthma, helps maintain brain function, promote heart health, and is a soothing stomach aid to relieve gastritis and indigestion. It is used safely with children and the elderly. The oil has anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-rheumatic, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties.

Rosemary – contains antibacterial and antioxidant rosmarinic acid. It protects the brain from free-radical damage, lowers the risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, inhibits cancer growth, and improves circulation and digestion. As an oil, it has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.

Basil – has strong antimicrobial and antiviral properties, is a great source of beta-carotene, magnesium, iron and calcium, and is a natural COX-2 inhibitor. It is used to treat asthma, stress and diabetes in India and has been effective in treating arthritis and other inflammatory health conditions.

Sage – helps improve memory, lower inflammation throughout the body, strengthen the immune system, regulate proper digestion, alleviate skin conditions, and strengthen bones. Its estrogen-like effects reduce menopause symptoms.

Before the food and drug industries took over our lives, spices and herbs provided natural remedies for ailments of all kinds. Our modern lifestyle has taken us away from living close to the land and moved us toward processed foods and laboratory produced drugs. It is up to each of us to use the best from both worlds.

Foods offer healthy alternatives to drugs with few, if any, toxic side effects. For example, rosemary, turmeric, ginger and basil appear to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties; turmeric and sage help fight dementia; and cayenne and cinnamon help to regulate insulin and blood sugar. Become a health detective and find what feels right for you. Blood tests and other screenings also offer valuable feedback.

With awareness and commitment, you can bring spices and herbs back into your life on a greater scale. (I have only mentioned a few in this article.) Most are easy to purchase, fresh or dried, and taste good. As with food, be sure you do not have an allergy to a specific herb or spice. Also, learn whether an herb or spice has an adverse reaction to a drug you may be taking.

If you are willing to try new things, I suggest increasing some of these top ten super spices and herbs into your diet. It is really easy and the benefits are astounding!

To live well longer, fuel your body with spices and herbs that heal your body and put flavor in your food.

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