Protect Health & Delay Aging With Five Delicious Spices
Walk into an Indian restaurant and the aroma of delicious spices is irresistible. Your mouth starts watering as memories of flavorful dishes flood your brain.
Often, Western food is incredibly bland in comparison to traditional ethnic dishes, mainly due to a lack of spices.
What’s interesting is that spices don’t just make for delicious, flavorful meals. They also have a number of health and anti-aging benefits, improving metabolic function, reducing inflammation, and even alleviating pain in different parts of the body.
In fact, it’s possible that one reason populations that still eat their traditional diets don’t have the high levels of chronic disease and obesity we see in the West is due to the range of spices and herbs in their cooking.
Here are delicious spices to add to your nutrition that have health benefits:
Cinnamon is a powerful anti-diabetic spice, improving the sensitivity of your cells to insulin for easier blood sugar regulation. It is also a great nutrient partitioner, which means that it diverts nutrients to be stored as glycogen rather than as fat. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory effects and has been found to boost brain function and cognition due to better blood sugar use.
Turmeric contains the anti-inflammatory, pain-killing compound curcumin, which has been shown to protect your metabolism by improving enzymes involved in fat burning for greater metabolic flexibility. Curcumin is also known for accelerating the clearance of toxins and waste products from alcohol use.
Fenugreek is useful for diabetics and anyone interested in improving blood sugar because it mimics insulin. Fenugreek acts at the insulin receptor level to remove sugar from the blood so that it can be used for energy. Tightly managing blood sugar is necessary because anytime you have high blood sugar levels, glycation occurs, which causes inflammation and damages the protein structure that makes up skin and tissue, leading to premature aging.
Ginger is sweet, spicy, and abundant in anti-inflammatory effects that are therapeutic for the stomach, the joints, and supportive of the body’s internal antioxidant system. It can also lower inflammation and may reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis.
Cloves have powerful anti-inflammatory effects, making clove oil a great tool for treating infections and tooth problems. Cloves have also been shown to have anti-aging effects on skin. Cloves improve the protein matrix in collagen, which is what helps skin maintain its tightness and avoid sagging or wrinkles. Cloves are also packed with antioxidants, which will scavenge free radicals and lower risk of cancer and heart problems.