There are 25,000 phytochemicals, living
plant compounds that continue to amaze with their résumé of
signification health benefits. Spices are teeming with these compounds.
They're awash with healing properties that are constantly being
uncovered. Cinnamon lowers blood sugar; nutmeg; relieves nausea; cloves
are anti-inflammatory; ginger relieves morning sickness; peppermint
inhibits the growth of bacteria; cumin is great for digestion; cayenne
pepper increases metabolism; chili powder eases pain; curry powder
safeguards your brain; cinnamon stimulates circulation; cardamom
soothes indigestion; turmeric is good for practically everything—the
list is endless. Spices are truly the variety of life, nature in all
its pungent and aromatic glory.
Spices and Herbs Are a Natural Source of Preventive Health Care.
Historically, herbs and spices have been used for adding flavors and
tastes to foods. They provide unique flavors and/or enhancing tastes to
human diets. But most herbs and spices used in culinary purposes have a
long list of potential biological effects on human health. The very
spices that make food so delicious and appealing come from plants whose
traditional use have included acting as medicinal remedies for
preventing and/or treating human disease for many years. The
phytochemicals isolated from plants have been a great resource for
discovering a large proportion of commercially available medications
for the treatment of a wide range of human diseases, such as pulmonary
diseases, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, and cancers.
Spices and herbs are a natural means of preventive health care; just
consider the health effects on human diseases that could be
accomplished through daily diets rich in their medicinal