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Spices Benefits: The Ultimate Immune Boosters
Spices, commonly used in day-to-day meals, are not only great for the taste buds, but have amazing immune boosting properties too. Many spices were used back in the day for medicinal purposes and, by adding these to your daily dishes you can assist your immune system to fight off free radicals and stay in tip-top shape.
Cinnamon can be found in either stick or ground form. It has a lovely barky fragrance and has been known to decrease inflammation and improve the bodyís response to insulin.
Cumin, which is a small seed that may be used either whole or ground form, is an excellent source of iron. Cumin also benefits the digestive system, making it a great mealtime companion.
Black pepper is a common table spice used in almost every dish. Black pepper is found in whole and ground form and comes in a variety of different colors. Black pepper may aid the digestive system by decreasing the formation of intestinal gas. Itís also a great taste bud stimulator. Another interesting fact about black pepper is its ability to break down fat cells.
Turmeric is a popular spice used in many Indian dishes. Itís used for its bright yellow color and is used in a variety of curries for flavor and fragrance. Turmeric is packed with manganese, iron, vitamin B6, fiber and potassium. Turmeric has been found to reduce colon cancer as it helps the body to fight off cancer cells and improve liver functioning.
Ginger helps to relieve intestinal gas and may assist against colon cancer. Ginger may also assist with nausea caused by motion sickness. Pregnant women can also benefit from ginger as it helps to prevent the nausea caused for morning sickness.
Author: Dimi Ingle
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