We’ve come to live in a world where a lot of our foods are chemically treated and many of us acclimate to the growing changes, which are not necessarily healthy for our well-being in the long run. Eventually, we come to realize that homeopathic remedies are needed to restore the natural physical equilibrium that we once had.
Spices are natural antioxidants which are nutrient compounds existing in plant foods. The primary function of antioxidants is to protect your cells against oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Powerful protection against free radicals with antioxidants has proven to be an effective way to reduce the risk of and alleviate many health problems, especially against many, if not all, types of degenerative diseases such as heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, liver, gallbladder and pancreatic disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and many more.
Spices have proven to be ‘wonder medicinal cures’ by testimony of people having used them since first discovered, dating back thousands of years. Below are several popular spices you could add to your daily food intake to improve your physical health.
Turmeric, a bright yellow-colored spice, has long been used in Chinese and East Indian cultures, as a medicine. Apart from being an excellent source of iron, manganese, vitamin B6, potassium and dietary fiber, with its anti-inflammatory properties, the turmeric spice is known to treat a wide variety of health conditions.
Curcumin, the major constituent of turmeric (that also gives the spice its yellowish color) aids as an effective treatment against diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, and against various types of cancer such as prostrate cancer and leukemia.
Turmeric is also known to improve liver function, by increasing detoxification with its antioxidant properties. It also serves as protection and cure against cardiovascular disease by preventing the oxidation of cholesterol (as well as lowering cholesterol) which damages blood vessels and builds up plaque, that can lead to strokes or heart attacks.
Turmeric also assists in protecting against Alzheimer’s disease, by preventing plaque to form between nerve cells (neurons) in the brain, where the brain’s natural function becomes disrupted.
The health benefits of cumin are enormous. This high-in-concentration antioxidant spice, helps to enhance immunity. A very good source of iron, it also has an abundance of vitamins C and A, as well as aromatic essential oils which act as disinfectants combating mucous congestion for people suffering respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma.
Cumin also contains a compound that stimulates your digestive system to secrete bile acids and pancreatic enzymes that aid the digestive process. Acting like a natural laxative, it enhances the liver’s detoxification enzymes, helping in treating constipation.
Cayenne pepper powder originates from red hot chili peppers. The body of the peppers are dried then ground down, pulped and baked into cakes, which are then sifted to make the spice known as cayenne pepper.
This spice is known to have originated within Cayenne in French Guiana, and is now being produced or farmed in many parts of the world. Scientific research has shown cayenne pepper to have powerful health benefits.
Cayenne pepper can:
- Prevent heart attacks by nourishing the heart with vital nutrients;
- Remove plaque from our arteries;
- Help restore and rebuild flesh which has been damaged by frostbite;
- Heal stomach ulcers, rebuild stomach tissue and mitigate harsh diseases.
Furthermore, cayenne pepper has been proven to improve blood circulation, lowering cholesterol, rebuilds blood cells, and removes toxins from the bloodstream.
Among other spices that serve similar or same health benefits are ginger, cinnamon, parsley, garlic, oregano and thyme; not comprising the complete worldwide list.
By adding more spices to your diet (including herbs), you’ll be increasing effective measures you can take against disease and premature aging.