Why Spice is Nice

Why Spice is Nice
28 January 2019
Your spice rack isn’t just for seasoning: it’s an important source of healthy vitamins and minerals too.
Not Just Seasoning

Everyone knows that it’s the little dash of cinnamon that makes pancakes taste great, and that extra sprinkle of basil gives your family’s favourite pasta dish a special flavour. But, spices are not just seasoning: consuming enough of the right types of spice can support your family’s health. Here are our top five nice spices for health:

Turmeric: A favourite amongst foodies, Turmeric contains Curcumin. Curcumin has been found to help your body fight off inflammation, and some studies suggest it can help with brain function too. Fighting inflammation is vitally important for your body, as many diseases and illnesses symptomatically present themselves through inflammation.

Ginger: Pregnant mothers regularly use Ginger to stave off nausea and the dreaded morning sickness, but Ginger is also a popular remedy for colds and influenza. It can help to soothe an upset stomach, and studies also suggest it’s an important anti-inflammatory substance.

Garlic: Adding more Garlic to your meals can help to fend off colds and influenza, but this pungent spice is good for your heart too. Thanks to high levels of Allicin, a substance contained within Garlic, this spice can also help with lowering your cholesterol levels and your blood pressure.

Cardamom: You’ll know it immediately, from its aroma, and Cardamom is a commonly-found ingredient in festive cakes, pumpkin dishes, and other popular dishes. Cardamom contains high levels of Magnesium and Zinc, and can help to soothe an upset stomach.

Cinnamon: Sprinkle it on your pancakes, or stir it into your morning coffee, because this fabulous spice is ultimately very good for you! Easy enough to find, and low in calories, Cinnamon can help to decrease your blood sugar levels, and makes a great replacement for sugar and sweeteners.

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