We add spices for taste, but we do not always think about the fact that a small pinch of hot pepper can hide a huge amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants that have a beneficial effect on health. Almost any spice contains useful substances, but there are also champions, those that are on the list of superfoods, that is, products that have a huge number of useful properties. Let’s talk about the most useful spices.
Turmeric is an orange root, somewhat reminiscent of ginger, to which it is related. It is usually used as a dried powder. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and choleretic effects, it is rich in antioxidants, and therefore helps prevent the development of malignant tumors.
Orange powder also has a beneficial effect on digestion, enhances the activity of the stomach, and stimulates the formation of bile.
Turmeric contains a lot of iron, potassium, phosphorus and iodine, as well as B vitamins, vitamins E, K and C. Turmeric helps with colds, is indispensable for disorders of the thyroid gland.
One of the advantages of the spice is that it doesn’t taste too hot, so it can be added to completely different dishes, both meat and baked goods. You just need to take into account that the powder is very dyed, you need to be careful with it.
The family of peppers (the most popular black in cooking and also red) has a warming effect. They thin the blood and improve circulation. In addition, they contain antioxidants, therefore they are recommended for the prevention of cancer. Pepper is very much needed in the season of colds, it warms, fights viruses and bacteria, and supports immunity.
One of the healthiest spices is ginger. Ginger root contains vitamins A, C, B1, B2, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, sodium, zinc and potassium, as well as many beneficial amino acids.
It warms up, speeds up blood circulation. Thanks to these properties, it has a beneficial effect on digestion and metabolism. Ginger is useful in the period of colds, it relieves nasopharyngeal congestion well, has an expectorant and anti-inflammatory effect.
Ginger thins the blood and thereby lowers blood pressure. It also saturates our brain with oxygen.
In addition, ginger has analgesic, diuretic, tonic and antibacterial properties. It is used for muscle pain and sprains.
It is very useful to add cinnamon sticks to hot teas, cinnamon powder to baked goods, and use to flavor meat dishes.
Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant that fights cell aging, helps resist viruses and bacteria. Cinnamon is very beneficial for diabetics as it stimulates insulin production and helps lower blood sugar levels.
Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, which prevents blood clots. Cinnamon lowers blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Finally, the smell of cinnamon improves memory.
Bell peppers are rich in vitamin C, as well as vitamins A and E. These are antioxidants that protect cells from damage and oxidation. Therefore, paprika should definitely be included in the diet and added to dishes, both meat and vegetable. It gives a great flavor, but is not too pungent, so you can put quite a lot of it.
In addition, paprika is rich in iron, which makes it beneficial for the process of hematopoiesis. Paprika lowers cholesterol levels thanks to capsanthin. It helps reduce the risk of heart disease.
Finally, paprika is good for people with diabetes, it helps to smooth out surges in blood sugar levels.
If medieval sailors knew about the miraculous properties of the carnation, they would not get scurvy on long voyages. Small cloves contain a huge amount of vitamins (A, B1, B2, PP, C), as well as phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and iron. Clove has antioxidant properties that can relieve toothache. Chewing one clove bud is enough to freshen up the breath. This spice also improves digestion, tidies the skin (for example, heals teenage acne). Helps with colds, even asthma. You can brew tea with cloves, just throw a couple of buds into the kettle – and the magic aroma and benefits are guaranteed.