What you eat can change how you feel. Herbs and spices have been used for centuries throughout numerous cultures as a healing tool for various symptoms and illnesses. This article explores research-proven benefits of herbs and spices that are effective for everything from heart disease to relieving anxiety.
- Garlic and Garlic Oil: Garlic has the compound allicin, which helps lower overall cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. This contributes to a healthier heart. Garlic dilates the vessels, reducing blood pressure, and facilitates clot reduction.
- Rosemary: In the early stages of cancer, rosemary has a preventive effect against activation of cancer. Rosemary has carnosol and methanol, which reduces inflammation, inhibit cancer enzyme activity, and prevent tumor formation. Rosemary has been shown to be effective against breast cancer and skin cancer.
- Passionflower: Flavonoids, compounds from passionflower interacts with GABA systems (inhibitory nervous system) and has an anti-anxiety effect, helping manage anxiety related disorders, such as General Anxiety Disorder.
- Ginseng: Ginseng has been shown to increase brain circulation, improving brain function and cognition. Ginseng is also an antioxidant, which can have preventative effects on brain cell degeneration and possibly slow down the decline in dementia.
- Ginger: Compounds from ginger, an ingredient often found in Asian dishes, can reduce pain by inhibiting pain different pain receptors. Ginger was found to be effective at managing pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and helped patients rely less on anti-inflammatory and pain reliever drugs.
- Turmeric: Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has been shown to be extremely effective at reducing inflammation.
- Tapsell, L., Hemphill, I., Cobiac, L., Sullivan, D., Fenech, M. 2006. Health Benfits of Herbs and Spices: The Past, the Present, the Future. Medical Journal of Australia. 185(4)