Health Benefits of Eight Popular Spices

Autumn is almost upon us – which means it’s the season of all things spicy! I decided to take a look at eight popular spices to see what benefits each of them can offer to our health. 

 

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has many health benefits! It can kill bacteria, viruses, and funghi, making it helpful for treating infections. It is also loaded with powerful antioxidants, which protect your body from damage caused by free radicals! 

One of the most amazing benefits of cinnamon is that it increases insulin sensitivity and dramatically decreases the amount of glucose in the blood, meaning that it can help to prevent and improve diabetes.

Additionally, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties, and may also help to protect against serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer! 

 

Cumin

Some studies found that cumin contains properties that stop cancer cells from multiplying, and that it is one of the most powerful anticarcinogenic plants! 

It has also been used to successfully treat diarrhea, to fight bacteria and parasites, and can help to control blood sugar levels! 

Cumin also contains active ingredients that have an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic effect, meaning that it can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Last but not least, it’s another spice with high levels of antioxidants that help to protect against free radical damage!

 

Cardamom

Cardamom may be beneficial for people suffering with high blood pressure, which may be due to the high levels of antioxidants, combined with diuretic properties – meaning that it improves urination and helps to remove excess water from the body. 

Research has also shown very promising results with cardamom powder helping to fight against cancerous cells. 

Other benefits include anti-inflammatory properties, help with digestive issues and stomach problems, oral health benefits, and antibacterial effects that may help to fight infection. 

 

Turmeric

Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that can match the anti-inflammatory effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs! 

Some studies have also shown that it may have anti-cancer effects, as well as helping with brain health and possibly reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

 

Nutmeg

Nutmeg contains anti-inflammatory compounds that help to relieve pain. In small doses it can also have a calming effect, so it can be used to help with cases of insomnia or difficulty relaxing. 

The carminative effects of nutmeg help aid digestion and can relieve various digestive issues such as constipation, diarrhea, and others. It’s anti-microbial properties also mean that it can be used for skincare, and it also aids with regulating circulation and blood pressure!

 

Paprika

Paprika contains capsaicin, a compound that has antioxidant properties and can help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, as well as boost the immune system. It’s analgesic effects can help to alleviate pain, and it’s even included in some pain relief treatments. 

It also may help to protect your skin from the sun – studies found that paprika can suppress the effects of sun damage.

 

Cayenne 

Antioxidants in cayenne pepper can help to support the immune system and remove free radicals from the body. Cayenne may therefore help to protect against a range of health issues such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. 

Cayenne pepper has also been shown to relieve cold symptoms such as sneezing, a blocked nose, and congestion!

 

Ginger

Ginger is well known for helping to reduce feelings of nausea – including for people undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, and morning sickness during pregnancy. 

One study showed that daily consumption of ginger led to significant decrease of pain and disability for people suffering from osteoarthritis. 

Additionally, ginger has been shown to have the potential to drastically reduce blood sugar levels, thus decreasing the risk of heart disease. 

It can also treat indigestion, lower cholesterol levels, and may even reduce the risk of developing cancer.