Spices not only help to flood your dishes with flavors, smells and rich and delicious textures, but also have numerous advantages for your body, such as protection against multiple diseases.
“Life is not very appetizing if you do not add a pinch of spices from time to time.”
Said Dean Koontz. Herbs and spices, linked to diverse gastronomic cultures of the world, hide in their roots an immense potential for your health, something that has been known since ancient times and used in primitive medical remedies and by ancestral healers.
The medicinal properties of spices are endless: many stand out for their anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antimicrobial or antioxidant properties, they help you burn fat and lose weight, they provide you with key vitamins and minerals for your body, they care for your brain, your bones, your muscles and your heart and help you prevent cancer, diabetes or cognitive decline. At TICbeat we have talked at length about curry, cumin, ginger, spicy, pepper, turmeric or parsley. Today we review some of the six essential spices for your day-to-day diet.
6 fundamental spices for the daily diet
- Cinnamon: With great flavor potential, cinnamon is fantastic to promote good circulation and control blood glucose levels. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties are ideal to improve colds and flu, while it is also one of the digestive spices par excellence, opening your appetite and improving your intestinal transit, without forgetting that it improves bad breath and has aphrodisiac qualities. The authentic cinnamon is that of
- Ceylon: which is distinguished by its thin, multi-layered branches and its pale color.
Turmeric: Also known as “saffron from India” for its characteristic orange hue, turmeric is one of the most popular spices of recent times due to its anti-inflammatory power able to relieve digestive discomfort and rheumatic problems. Its components also include a polyphenol called curcumin that can destroy cancer cells and block a protein associated with gastrointestinal cancer. Several studies have also stressed that it prevents diabetes and heart disease. With it you can try to make what is known as golden milk.
- Garlic: Very common in our Iberian cuisine, improves circulation, low tension and has anticancer, toning, depurative, antiseptic, antibiotic and stimulant properties for the immune system. It also stands out for its low caloric content, its potential to fight diseases and detoxify heavy metals from your body or prolong life expectancy.
- Ginger: A delicious spice also typical of Oriental cuisines that constitutes an inexhaustible source of phenolic substances, proteolytic enzymes, linoleic acid, magnesium, iron, zinc or vitamins B and E- Relieves dizziness, nausea and gas, fighting inflammation, improving the digestions and helping you lose weight. It also relieves joint pain, enhances your memory, fights fights and colds, prevents cancer thanks to its anti-tumor properties and improves your immune, circulatory and digestive systems.
- Basil: A “premium” spice that should be part of any self-respecting diet due to its anti-inflammatory, digestive, positive for the immune system and antidepressant, since it can combat fatigue, anxiety and insomnia. It also strengthens the hair and accelerates the recovery of colds, among many other properties.
- Romero: The list of benefits of this spice so characteristic of the Mediterranean diet is endless. Rosemary is antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatizing, cleansing, stimulating for digestion, carminative, cholagogue-facilitates the expulsion of bile, diuretic and hypotensive. It will come great if you have anemia, as well as to prevent multiple diseases or relieve headaches, flu and colds.