Transform your dish and your health with these 5 powerful spices. Incorporating healthy herbs and spices not only improves the taste of your meal but also keeps you healthy. While small in size they pack more nutrients and antioxidants than meets the eye.

1. Cayenne Pepper

The active ingredient capsaicin acts as a metabolism booster. It gives your meal a spicy taste so be careful on how much you add. Research found that cayenne pepper helps to reduce appetite levels and burn more calories. Capsaicin is also a powerful decongestant, great to sprinkle in on your food when you’re sick, goes well with chicken noodle soup. Be sure to grab some tissues.



2. Ginger

Ginger is loaded with nutrients and research has shown it has powerful anti-diabetic properties. It’s anti-inflammatory properties help to promote insulin sensitivities to help reduce fatty acids in your blood and balance your blood sugar levels.


3. Turmeric

Found in many Indian curry dishes and may be the reason why India’s population is 1.2 billion strong. It helps keep you lean by filling your body with enzymes that stop you from storing fat.

Getting a lot of attention for its growing list of health benefits. The main ingredient in turmeric is Curcumin it has powerful ant-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

Studies have shown that curcumin can help tame heartburn and an upset stomach, protects the brain as it promotes repair to stem cells in the brain. Studies also suggest that turmeric may improver memory in Alzheimer’s patients and curcumin may also help delay aging and age-related diseases.


4. Garlic

Garlic is a very common spice that grows in many parts of the world. It is popular in cooking due to its strong smell and delicious taste. Adding garlic to your diet can be very simple and there are many health benefits as well.

Garlic is highly nutritious while having very few calories. It is very rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. It is known to boost the immune system to help prevent and combat the common cold and flu. Garlic is also known to the risks of heart related diseases as it improves and lowers cholesterol.

Garlic is defiantly a superfood to have in your kitchen, next time your cooking dinner toss in a couple extra cloves. But be forewarned that it does have a tendency to leave bad breath. So maybe not on date night.


5. Cinnamon

Helps to boost appetite and relieve indigestion. Adding cinnamon to your diet can help control blood sugar. Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants and has been show to significantly lower blood sugar levels. It also has been known to fight various kinds of infection and inhibits the growth of certain bacteria such and salmonella. Additionally helps to prevent tooth decay and reduce bad breath.

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What are your go-to spices in the kitchen?