I have a mindset shift for you. Because I know you already think about "flavor". The first question you ask yourself before you eat something is "What's it taste like?" Can I challenge you to add one more question? What's it doing for me?
Flavor is important, but so is function. The spices and herbs you add to your food matter. And you can positively impact your body for the better with some simple additions that don't take away from flavorful af food.
Here are 10 of the world's healthiest herbs and spices, supported by research.
Cinnamon is a popular spice, found in all sorts of recipes and baked goods.
It contains a compound called cinnamaldehyde, which is responsible for cinnamon's medicinal properties.
Cinnamon has potent antioxidant activity, helps fight inflammation and has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood .
BOTTOM LINE: It helps keep your sugar in check. BLACK MEN ARE YOU LISTENING?
Sage gets its name from the Latin word Salvere, which means "to save."
It had a strong reputation for its healing properties during the middle ages, and was even used to help prevent the plague.
Current research indicates that sage may be able to improve brain function and memory, especially in people with Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's disease is accompanied by a drop in the level of acetylcholine, a chemical messenger in the brain. Sage inhibits the breakdown of acetylcholine.
BOTTOM LINE: If you're forgetful like me, you need this in yo life!
Peppermint has a long history of use in folk medicine and aromatherapy.
As is the case with many herbs, it is the oily component that contains the agents responsible for the health effects.
Many studies have shown that peppermint oil can improve pain management in irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS
BOTTOM LINE: It helps fix your dookie 💩
Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color.
It contains several compounds with medicinal properties, the most important of which is curcumin.
Curcumin is a remarkably powerful antioxidant, helping to fight oxidative damage and boosting the body's own antioxidant enzymes.
BOTTOM LINE: Tumeric is the GOAT
Not to be confused with regular basil or thai basil, holy basil is considered a sacred herb in India.
Studies show that holy basil can inhibit the growth of a range of bacteria, yeasts and molds.
One small study also found that it can boost function of the immune system by increasing certain immune cells in the blood.
BOTTOM LINE: It whips bacteria, yeast and molds ass! 👊
Cayenne pepper is a type of chili pepper used to prepare spicy dishes.
The active ingredient in it is called capsaicin, which has been shown to reduce appetite and increase fat burning in many studies.
For this reason, it is a common ingredient in many commercial weight loss supplements.
One study found that adding 1 gram of red pepper to meals reduced appetite and increased fat burning in people who did not regularly eat peppers.
BOTTOM LINE: Cayenne will help you not get up for 2nds and 3rds at the buffet 😉
Ginger is a popular spice used in several forms of alternative medicine.
Studies have consistently shown that 1 gram or more of ginger can successfully treat nausea.
This includes nausea caused by morning sickness, chemotherapy and sea sickness.
Ginger also appears to have strong anti-inflammatory properties, and can help with pain management .
BOTTOM LINE: Eases pain and 🤢
Fenugreek was commonly used in Ayurveda, particularly to enhance libido and masculinity.
While its effects on testosterone levels are inconclusive, fenugreek does seem to have beneficial effects on blood sugar.
It contains the plant protein 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which can improve the function of the hormone insulin.
BOTTOM LINE: A diabetes deafter!
The active ingredient in rosemary is called rosmarinic acid.
This substance has been shown to suppress allergic responses and nasal congestion.
BOTTOM LINE: It's for more than fighting off evil spirits. It keeps your sinuses in order. 👻
Throughout ancient history, the main use of garlic was for its medicinal properties.
We now know that most of these health effects are due to a compound called allicin, which is also responsible for garlic's distinct smell.
Garlic supplementation is well known for combating sickness, including the common cold
BOTTOM LINE: Don't be like dracula. Add some garlic in your life 🧛♂️
Oh, FYI.. Tastic spice has 3 of the 10...ijs