9 Spices with Super Healing Powers

MAYS
By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-04-02 20:31:58 -0500
Started 2012-04-02 09:09:49 -0500

Have you checked your spice rack lately?

Spices and herbs can do a lot more than add pizzazz to your cooking — they can also promote heart health, fight cancer, reduce inflammation and more. Here are nine super spices and herbs that are good for you and taste good, too.

http://health.yahoo.net/articles/nutrition/ph...

Did you know that;

Cinnamon is a nutritional powerhouse, with antioxidant properties that keep cells safe from oxidative stress and dangerous free radicals. Antioxidants help fight such diseases as cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and Parkinson's.

What's more, cinnamon is a powerful weapon against cardiovascular problems. Cinnamon helps the hormone insulin work better, which reduces blood sugar levels. That's great news for the one in ten North Americans with type 2 diabetes and the millions more with prediabetes. Keeping blood sugar low can help treat diabetes or even stop it before it starts.

Cinnamon may also help prevent Alzheimer's. A study in 2011 found that an extract from cinnamon bark inhibited the formation of amyloid plaques in mice with Alzheimer's. It even helped restore cognitive levels and correct movement problems in the animals.

Read about this, and more at:

http://health.yahoo.net/articles/nutrition/ph...

Pass it on!

~Mays~


18 replies

Young1s
Young1s 2012-04-02 13:42:26 -0500 Report

Mays, you posted this at the most opportune time for me! I'm running low on salt, I'm talking down to my last tsp or 2, and decided instead of buying more, I'll experiment with more herbs and spices. Thanks for reading my mind and seeing the need. LOL

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-04-02 14:24:44 -0500 Report

I switched to sea salt several years ago. What a difference. I don't mind using herbs as long as there isn't too much of it on or in something.

Young1s
Young1s 2012-04-02 14:41:13 -0500 Report

My mom uses the sea salt. She says it really enhances the flavors of her dishes. My youngest twin isn't big on a lot of herbs either. When I started adding oregano, basil & bay leaves with the other ingredients in my spaghetti sauce, she went on a sauce strike. Then she tasted it one night and has been hooked ever since.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-04-02 20:31:58 -0500 Report

Sea Salt does seem to enhance the flavor and it doesn't have the bitterness of regular table salt. I put oregano in spaghetti sauce even though I no longer eat it. I would add sugar to balance out the acid. Now if I eat it I have to take prilosec or pepcid AC to stop the heartburn and benedryl for the scratching.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-02 13:56:06 -0500 Report

This triggers a lament from me: a recent burst of really bright sunshine (wonderful and welcomed) dealt a seriously toasty blow to my herb garden in a big flat ceramic pot. I'm doing some TLC on the porch trying to resuscitate it. Love some of the Moroccan spices … cardamom, coriander, and cumin, too.

MAYS
MAYS 2012-04-02 14:04:19 -0500 Report

How about a few pointers and recipes?

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-02 14:13:54 -0500 Report

One of these days I will. I cook intuitively and never write a recipe down. This morning I thought my egg sauted in EVOO looked a little dull sitting there with only some black pepper on it, so I sprinkled it with cardamom. Yummy! I tend to do the same thing with cinnamon and cumin … just experiment with it as toppings with veggies or meat.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-04-02 11:28:33 -0500 Report

Mays I read that article earlier this morning. My sister had a huge sage bush in the community garden until a gardener who thought he knew it all cut it down. I had fresh sage year round for 5 years. The gardener is avoiding me because I chewed him up and spit him out. I told him he has to replace what he cut down.

I use sage on chicken, turkey and pork and also in bulk sausage. Sage is also good from breathing problems. I use cinnamon on apples and in sugar free applesauce to give it some flavor. Thanks for sharing.

MAYS
MAYS 2012-04-02 13:19:16 -0500 Report

He didn't know what it was and he's supposed to be a gardener?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-04-02 14:20:27 -0500 Report

He knew what it was. His excuse was that he was cleaning everyone's plots. He destroyed one woman's winter crop. She canned her veggies to help stretch her budget. She cried. This is what happens when college students think they know it all. He has a degree in agriculture and is working on a Masters in something else.

MAYS
MAYS 2012-04-02 13:13:58 -0500 Report

Thank you for commenting!

There is nothing like fresh herbs, even if you have to grow some in a small space in your kitchen it's worth it. Just to add some fresh Basil, Parsley, Chives or Mint to a dish really makes it special.

There is a big difference in the taste of fresh herbs vs. dried herbs, besides I like growing them and smelling them as well!

~Mays~