The second installment of super foods is going to revolve around some different herbs and spices. Try out some of these staples the next time you go shopping and receive many different health benefits. The flavors are great too!
1. Turmeric – This spice has a very large list of health benefits. It can be taken in supplement form or used in curries, potato salad, or to season cauliflower. One of the biggest benefits are it’s ability to fight many different cancers. It is a natural pain killer, and may also help to aid in fat metabolism. The Chinese have long used turmeric as a treatment for depression. Turmeric supplements should not be used by people with gallstones, however. Turmeric has a really nice mellow earthy taste and is very versatile.
2. Rosemary – This herb is great with all kinds of red meat and pork. It has a very earthy pine scent and also has a large list of healthy benefits. Rosemary by itself can make a great mouth wash if steeped in a pint of water and cooled. Rosemary contains the anti-inflammatory carnosol. This compound contains cancer fighting properties. This herb also is known to have anti-aging properties and is a popular ingredient in skin creams.
3. Cayenne Pepper – The heat that comes from this spice is caused by the ingredient, capsaicin. This ingredient is found in the seeds of hot peppers. Capsaicin itself has many health benefits such as stimulating your metabolism and anti-inflammatory properties. Cayenne can help soothe the pain of arthritis and can help the body deal with LDL (Bad) cholesterol. Even though cayenne is spicy, it can actually help deal with stomach ulcers and cramping. You can use this spice on pretty much anything. It works great with meats, spicing up vegetables, or adding a kick to a salsa.
4. Basil – This herb is great in Thai food, Italian food, and of course makes a great pesto! Basil is full of beta-carotene, which is a powerful anti0xidant. Basil helps with heart health, skin health, and the anti-oxidants can help to prevent some cancers. Basil aids in a healthy gastrointestinal tract, and can help with constipation, stomach cramps, and indigestion. Using this herb more often will greatly increase your overall health and wellbeing. It also tastes great!
I hope super foods part 2 was just as informative as super foods part 1. Again these foods should be used on a regular basis to receive their health benefits and aren’t a one stop cure for anything. Healthy eating is a way of life, and educating yourself on what to eat is the first step. I hope I have been able to help with that!