There no questioning that spices add a great deal of flavour to our meals, but few people are aware of all the health benefits these wonder foods can provide. Here are some of the health benefits of commonly used spices and some great reasons why they should be added into your meals.
Ginger is a powerful anti inflammatory in both fresh and powdered forms. Ginger helps relieve nausea and helps digestive issues. Eating ginger causes a dopamine release which gives us a feel good factor.
Try adding fresh ginger into smoothies; cut a chunk and put it in the blender along with your usual smoothie ingredients. Powdered ginger can be added to porridge for a spicy morning breakfast.
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Chillies are definitely a love it or hate it food. Some people can’t get enough whilst others simply can’t stand them. If you aren't a chilli love try using chilli powder sparingly which is milder than using a whole fresh chilli.
Chilli gives a metabolism boost and has been shown to have a similar effect to aspirin when eaten regularly. Research has demonstrated links between chilli consumption and sleep quality, suggesting these powerful foods could definitely add to your quality of life. Try including small amounts in sauces, curries and even small amounts of powder in smoothies.
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Lemongrass is commonly used in Chinese and Thai cooking and gives a lemony, fresh taste to dishes.
Lemongrass is high in vitamin C and is commonly used in Thailand to ease cold and flu symptoms. Lemongrass has antibacterial properties and research has shown it to have positive effects in the treatment of fungal conditions.
Try adding fresh lemongrass into Thai curries for some tasty freshness with loads of health benefits.
Coriander is a fresh tasting, citrusy herb which is often found topping curries as a healthy garnish. Coriander seeds offer more potent health benefits than the fresh leaves and can be added to many curries, breads and sauces.
Coriander has been shown to relieve bloating and gas and ease digestive issues when eaten regularly. This incredible herb has been shown to be useful in diabetes patients as it stimulates insulin secretion and lowers blood sugar levels. Coriander is also high in Vitamin C.
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So get adventurous with your cooking and try adding in these amazingly healthy herbs and spices. Enjoy!