The sexy superfoods that seem to get all the attention are generally foods that you’ve never heard of before but, some of the most powerful superfoods are likely already sitting in your spice rack. An extra sprinkling of your spices in your meals can add up to big benefits in your health. Here are six of our favourite spices that we’re keeping next to the salt at our table from now on.
Cayenne is the first spice we reach for when we’re looking for a little punch in our dish but maybe it’s time to give this ingredient a bit more respect. It’s been shown to improve circulation, reverse blood clotting, lower cholesterol, and prevent heart disease. It’s also been shown to improve healing after surgery and help alleviate back pain.
Turmeric has been getting a ton of love lately and rightly so. Those turmeric lattes, bright yellow rice dishes, and mugs of golden milk are more than just delicious foods that are perfect for Instagram. Curcumin, the main compound found in turmeric, has been of interest to scientists lately because of its powerful anti-inflammation and anti-oxidant properties. It’s also been shown to fight some cancers, treat ulcers, possibly prevent heart disease, and improve digestion.
Turmeric is relatively easy to add to your diet, whether you’re adding it to your tea, sprinkling some on your roasted vegetables, or even adding it to your smoothies and juices. For all of these benefits, we think we’ll be stocking up on turmeric the next time we’re at the grocery store!
Cinnamon seems to be the unsung hero of the spice world but despite its tendency to show up on our favourite desserts, it still packs a punch. It has been shown to help reduce inflammation, aid with neurological diseases, lower cholesterol, and may even help with Type 2 Diabetes. It has antifungal, antibacterial, and even antiviral properties and shown potential to fight cancer cells.
You’ll recognize the bright taste of cumin from classic Mediterranean dishes or Middle Eastern foods, but not there’s even more reason to add it to your everyday backing. Cumin has been shown to help with digestion by stimulating the glands that help us break down food, alleviate body pains, and even memory loss. It’s also got a decent amount of calcium. although you’d have to be eating a lot of cumin to get anywhere near your daily requirement.
Curry powder is made from a collection of spices that can vary by brand or recipe and can include cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves and others. Since we know that some of these spices have immense benefits, it makes sense that curry powder has a list of its own beneficial properties! Curry powder has been shown to help ease and reduce inflammation, reduce high blood sugar, and support the treatment of various diseases, including cancer. The cinnamon, cloves, and ginger that is found in many curry powders has shown to boost brain activity and it has proven to be particularly effective for seniors whose cognitive ability is in decline.
If you’re trying to lose weight, you might have been told to add more chili powder to your diet. The mixture of dried chili peppers is usually found in all kinds of dishes including Mexican, Indian, Japanese, and even your favourite rub mixes for meats and veggies. It’s good advice to add more chili powder if you’re looking to burn some fat, because the capsaicin compound found in chili powder boosts your metabolism, increasing your fat burning skills. It’s also been shown to improve eye health. help with the formation of red blood cells in your body, improve digestion, fight infection, and improve cognitive function. So pass the hot sauce!
Learn more about inflammation with our article Do You Have Symptoms of Inflammation?