The Top 10 Super-Spices that Protect Your Body

Did you know that there are certain herbs and spices contain a wide variety of some of the most potent antioxidants in any food? In fact, many herbs and spices rank even higher in antioxidant activity than many fruits and vegetables, with some spices such as cloves, turmeric, and cinnamon having as much as 10-50x more antioxidants measured by ORAC value compared to blueberries.

The benefits of the antioxidants in spices include some very powerful protection against many serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, and overall aging.

Herbs and spices add tons of extra flavor, and when combined with the nutrition in other foods, they actually exponentially boost the natural antioxidants, phytonutrients, and anti-inflammatory power of the food.

Herbs and spices not only boost the natural antioxidants of the food, they also:

* Aid Fat Burning and Boost Metabolism

* Help Stabilize Blood Sugar

* Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Properties

* Anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal

Here are 10 of the most potent superfood herbs and spices you can eat:

1. Basil

It is a very effective anti-inflammatory herb with extraordinary healing benefits that work for arthritis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel conditions, to name a just a few. In addition, basil helps kill harmful bacteria that cause food poisoning.

2. Cinnamon

This has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice. It is very effective for

people with diabetes for it is effective in helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. Also contains a powerful anti-inflammatory properties and helps relieve pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. It has a positive effect on brain function, even smelling cinnamon can possibly help improve memory and attention.

3. Cayenne

This spice heats up the body and raises metabolism, helping in burning fat faster. It reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels and decreases the formation of harmful blood clots which prevent heart attacks and strokes. Also a very effective anti-inflammatory and pain remedy.

4. Cloves

Contain strong antiseptic and germicidal ingredients that help fight infections, relieve digestive problems and arthritis pain. It has the ability to relieve tooth and gum pain. The oil in cloves kills bacteria and fungal infections. Did you know that the smell of the cloves helps encourage mental creativity?

5. Cumin

This is known for being especially good for digestion. By stimulating the gallbladder and pancreas, the secretion of enzymes and bile help break down food into usable nutrients that the body can use. It also detoxifies the body. Like cinnamon, cumin helps keep blood sugar levels stable which means cumin is great for diabetics or pre-diabetics, and it means less chance of weight gain and excess body fat.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric’s yellow-orange pigment, curcumin, is the main active ingredient in this super spice. Curcumin is more effective slowing down the development of Alzheimer’s disease than many medications, because it decreases inflammation and oxidation in the brain. This also speeds up the recovery time from strokes as well. Turmeric also improves liver function, lowers homocysteine and prevents heart disease.

7. Rosemary

Contains active ingredients that are potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. It strengthens the immune system, improves circulation, stimulates digestion and fights cancer. Rosemary protects your body against harmful carcinogenic toxins and prevent colon cancer, stomach, breast and lung cancer.

8. Ginger

Contains over 25 different antioxidants which makes it extremely effective at fighting free radicals in many different body systems. It is known for its ability to reduce nausea, vomiting and also motion sickness. It is a soothing remedy for sore throats from colds and flu due to its anti-viral properties. It is also a strong anti-inflammatory for it helps reduce pain and swelling of arthritis and muscle aches.

9. Oregano

This herb contains an oil that is a very potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral agent. It relieves inflammation, internal or external, and can offer relief from allergies, aches and pain, without side effects. Oregano is very high on the ORAC scale of measured antioxidant value.

10. Thyme

Its active ingredient is known for treating bronchitis, sore throats, chest congestion, laryngitis and asthma. Thyme is also effective as a soothing stomach aid to relieve gastritis, indigestion and colic. It actually boosts the amount of DHA (an important ingredient in omega 3 fatty acids) in the brain, heart and kidney cells.

Spice up your life a bit, and enjoy all of those super health benefits!

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