There are many herbs and spices that have health benefits, but these are considered some of the healthiest in the world and most beneficial for your body. And the best part is most of them may already be in your kitchen cabinet.
This popular, spicy root is a well-known nausea remedy for pregnancy-related illness, as well as chemotherapy and motion sickness. There is some limited evidence that it might be an effective painkiller too: treating arthritis, joint pain and muscle soreness.
They can calm an upset stomach and help with coughs and runny noses. It can also treat menstrual symptoms and boost libido, according to WebMD. It's also a good source of fiber and calcium, among other nutrients, and a very good source of iron, with 2.4 milligrams in just one tablespoon.
There's some research to suggest that cinnamon may lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes and reduce cholesterol levels. It's also a very good source of fiber, with 4 grams per tablespoon, and, because of that warm, sweet flavor, it might also satisfy your cravings for treats without adding calories or fat, Cheryl Forberg, R.D., told YouBeauty.com.
Like cinnamon, cumin may help people with diabetes keep blood sugar levels in check. But it also has powerful germ-fighting properties that might prevent stomach ulcers, YouBeauty.com reported. Cumin is also a very good source of calcium, iron and magnesium.
There are a number of different types of this healthful root. American ginseng has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes, slow colorectal cancer cell growth, shorten how long that cold lingers and boost immunity.
This common baking spice is a good solution for stomach problems and seems to fight off bacteria and fungi, according to WebMD. It's a solid source of fiber, and, thanks to anti-inflammatory properties, could help smooth blemishes when applied directly to the skin, according to Glamour.
This spice can tame PMS symptoms and help with mild to moderate depression. It's also often used to help asthma and coughs, according to WebMD and as an aphrodisiac, but there's little research into why.
This popular garden herb is rich in rosmarinic acid as well as many other antioxidants, making it fantastic against inflammation. There’s also some evidence that it stimulates the production of acetylcholine, which in turn helps boost learning and memory.
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