If you’ve enjoyed our meals, you know we LOVE a kick of spices: they’re natural, healthy savory, sweet and everything between! Next time you open up your delivery bag, remember that some of these ingredients are helping you live a healthier life… Read on to find out the other ways to work these 7 herbs and spices with health benefits into your self-care routine.
Sage for Brain Function and Memory
Sage gets its name from the Latin word Salvere, which means “to save.” During the middle ages, It had a strong reputation for its healing properties during the middle ages and was used to help prevent the plague. Current research indicates that sage may improve brain function and memory, especially in people with Alzheimer’s disease. In a 4-month study of individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, sage extract significantly improved brain function.
Peppermint for GI issues and nausea
Peppermint is a storied herb used in folk medicine. As is the case with many herbs, its oils contains the agents responsible for the health effects. Studies have shown that peppermint oil can improve pain management in irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. The oil relaxes the smooth muscles in the colon, which relieves pain experienced during BMs. It also helps to reduce abdominal bloating. To mint all the rewards of this herb, pick up some peppermint tea– or grow mint and make your own!
Tumeric to Stop Inflammation
Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color. It contains several compounds with medicinal properties, the most important of which is curcumin, a remarkably powerful antioxidant that helps fight oxidative damage and bosts the body’s own antioxidant enzymes. Given that long-term, low-level inflammation is a huge part of almost every chronic Western disease, it’s no surprise to see that curcumin is linked to a variety of health benefits.To make the most of tumeric, take it as a supplement in capsule form.
Cumin for Insomnia
We use this flowering spice’s seeds in dishes from all over the world, but did you know it can also improve immunity, assist in digestion, treat cancer, insomnia and respiratory disorders? No wonder so many cultures have adopted it as an essential ingredient for healthy food!
What are your favorite spices to cook with? Tell us below, then get your health-packed meal order in before the deadlines!
Cayenne Pepper for just about Everything
Capsaicin, the chemical which gives peppers their trademark kick, is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, but there’s much more to peppers! Read our blog about all their health benefits here.
Rosemary for the Sinuses
Rosemary’s active ingredient is rosmarinic acid, which supresses allergic responses and nasal congestion. In a study with 29 individuals, both 50 and 200 mg doses of Rosmarinic acid were shown to suppress their allergy symptoms. Their congestion and number of immune cells in nasal mucus also decreased.
Garlic to Ward off Sickness… And Vampires!
If you often get colds, then adding more garlic to your diet could be incredibly helpful.
Throughout ancient history, the main use of garlic was for its medicinal properties- some even trace the myth of pungent bulbs warding off the undead to the middle ages, when it was used to prevent the plague.
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 fighting illness, especially the common cold