Spice up your life!
Wednesday 04 February 2009
Most of us look at herbs and spices as a way to perk up our plates, but did you know they have the potential to fight disease too?
When brainy scientists at the University of Oslo assessed just how much they can contribute to a person’s total intake of dietary antioxidants, they found the amount to be ma-hoo-sive!
In the body, these important disease-fighting substances mop up unstable oxygen molecules called free radicals that can otherwise damage cells and lead to terrible diseases such as cancer.
Yep, it’s true - much of the buzz on herbs and spices is about their antioxidantcontent and how it relates to cancer prevention, heart health, and anti-inflammatory action!
Well, what are you waiting for – get seasoning!
Check out these amazing flavourings that have powerful health properties…
Ginger – Ginger has been linked to fighting nausea associated with pregnancy and motion sickness. Data also suggests that it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may lower the risk of cancer and inflammatory disease.
Oregano – This super herb offers more antioxidant activity than other cooking herbs! Its plant chemical quercetin, may be especially protective against breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers.
Turmeric – Turmeric has rich stores of antioxidants (especially the curcumin component which is as powerful an antioxidant as vitamins C and E.) Antioxidants are also powerful preservatives, which helps explain why turmeric has long been sprinkled on food to help retain its freshness.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon has been found to reduce bad cholesterol and sugar in the blood, thus helping those with high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease.
Cumin – Studies show that cumin has amazing free radical scavenging abilities, as well as the capability to enhance the liver’s detoxification enzymes.
Basil – Basil is a very good source of vitamin A, which is a key nutrient for strong eyesight, healthy skin, and shiny hair! It also contains high concentrations of carotenoids such as beta carotene, and these substances are converted to vitamin A in the body. Beta carotene offers even stronger benefits than vitamin A alone, and it is known to be a powerful antioxidant.
By Tasha Usefnia