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Spice Up Your Food the Healthy Way

This article was contributed by Holly Miller, a guest.  Bienvenue ~ Merci Holly.

*Spice Up Your Food the Healthy Way*

If you love spicy food, there is great news! You may only need to add a
pinch of seasoning to every meal to enjoy better health. Common dietary
spices are linked to many healthy benefits, including reduced pain and
lowering the risk of cancer. In addition to tasting great, these ingredients
can give your body a boost, so turn up the heat, and add some spice to your
diet! Here is a brief list of common spices and their known benefits.

Chili Peppers

Chili peppers have an ingredient called capsacin, which is the source of the
spice within them. Capsacin relieves pain, increases heart health, stops
ulcers and fights prostate cancer. The hotter the pepper, the higher its
capsacin content is. Habanero or Scotch bonnet peppers are the spiciest
options, but jalapenos, cherry peppers and Spanish pimentos offer a mild


Many people love cinnamon, so having another reason to eat it may come as a
welcome surprise. Cinnamon helps your body manage blood sugar, lower
cholesterol and keep arteries clean. Look for ways to include cinnamon in
common foods. It is delicious in coffee, hot cocoa, oatmeal and sprinkled on
top of carrots.


Tumeric is related to ginger, and both of these spices can reduce
inflammation from arthritis. They are also said to reduce the risk of some
cancers. Tumeric is best absorbed with pepper, so sprinkle them together for
maximum effect. Use tumeric to flavor curries and other spicy ethnic dishes.


Whether you love or hate garlic, its health benefits are indisputable.
Garlic is anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral. It also has the capacity
to stop blood clots from forming. If you prefer not to season your dishes
with this versatile herb, you may find it in pill form.


Thyme’s strong flavor goes well with roasts and robust stews. Thyme contains
natural oils that are antiseptic and antibacterial. These are such strong
agents that they can even kill MRSA infections, which are resistant to many
antibiotics. Thyme and other herbs are easy to grow at home, so save money
by planting your own seeds.


Oregano contains a pair of antibacterial agents that fight infection, called
thymol and carvacol. Additionally, oregano packs four times as many healthy
antioxidants than blueberries. This classic Italian herb is a fantastic
seasoning with amazing benefits, whether used fresh or dried.


Do not let this mild-flavored herb fool you! Parsley has been connected to
health benefits from the time of the Romans. Its benefits include helping to
prevent plaque buildup in the arteries, pass kidney stones and slow the
progression of deafness. Never again make the mistake of leaving parsley on
your plate. Pick up that garnish and eat it!

*This post was contributed by Holly Miller, a writer for,
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  2. Suzanne Saxe-R, Ed.D - October 9, 2011

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