The smell of holiday spices wafting in the air signals Thanksgiving holiday season is near. Better health begins in the kitchen with winters warming spices, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Their healing powers curb cravings and are sure to elevate your mood too. It’s no surprise that Mother Nature has been using spices for thousands of years for healing and health.
Holiday spices change an ordinary dish into an extraordinary culinary experience. A study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that many spices contain, ounce for ounce, dramatically higher antioxidant capacity than fruits & vegetables. Antioxidants help counteract the effect of free radicals, aid in the prevention of many diseases and contributes to optimal physical health. To get the maximum health benefits, choose organically grown spices. Conventional spices are often treated with chemicals and are irradiated. You will smell and taste the difference.
Cinnamon is a sweet spice that infuses warmth and energy throughout your body. Research shows that cinnamon is effective in balancing blood sugar levels. With one of the richest food sources of antioxidants, powerful antibacterial powers and anti-inflammatory properties, be sure to sprinkle this on your foods to build your immune system during the cold and flu season.
Cloves have powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties known for its high antioxidants. Cloves may relieve pain from injuries and arthritis as well as reduce symptoms of asthma and bronchitis.
Nutmeg has many medicinal benefits ranging from calming anxiety, reducing joint pain, and supporting the digestive system.