Yes, it’s true; the kitchen spice rack can be a logical extension of your medicine cabinet, in thanks largely to polyphenols, the plant compounds present in many common kitchen spices and herbs. Consequently, common spices offer numerous health benefits. The benefits of the four spices we feature here include anxiety relief, improved digestion, better brain function, anemia relief, repelling insects, reducing inflammation, and even fighting cancer and reducing tumors.
Four kitchen herbs and spices with health benefits
The health benefits of cloves
Studies on mice suggest that cloves contain cancer prevention properties that can change cellular detoxification processes for the better. Scientists believe that the cloves’ eugenol serves as an antimutagen (reducing the frequency of cell mutation) and blocks carcinogen-induced actions that damage the genetic information within a cell. One study suggested that clove extracts can decrease colon carcinogenesis. Other benefits of clove include:
- Inflammation relief: Clove’s eugenol and flavonoids function as anti-inflammatory substances.
- Bug repellent: Clove oil, applied to your skin, repels mosquitoes even more effectively than citronella.
The health benefits of coriander
Other benefits of coriander:
- Reduce bad cholesterol. Coriander’s good acids – linoleic, palmitic, ascorbic, and oleic – not only attack the LDL cholesterol in your blood but also elevate your good (HDL) cholesterol.
- Reduce skin inflammation. Coriander’s essential oil cineole and its linoleic acid are known for their ability to reduce swelling caused by rheumatoid arthritis. And because coriander can induce urination, it can also reduce swelling from anemia or kidney malfunction.
- Relieve diarrhea. Coriander’s essential oils borneol and linalool help digestion in general and bowel health in particular. One coriander study even showed that coriander can heal infectious forms diarrhea due to its antibacterial properties.
- Clear up skin issues. Dry skin and skin fungal infections can be mollified by coriander’s antiseptic, disinfectant, antioxidant, and antifungal properties.
The health benefits of cumin
- Relieve flatulence. Cumin can prevent the formation of gas in your gut and facilitate gas expulsion. So, consider adding some cumin to your favorite bean dishes!
- Boost blood. Studies show that, because cumin is a rich source of iron, cumin increases red blood cell count, including your blood’s hemoglobin, which aids in oxygen transportation throughout your body. Adding cumin to your daily diet can help with anemia and reduce fatigue and anxiety.
- Enhance mental focus and improve cognition. The same hemoglobin-boosting properties that make cumin good for anemia also boost brain function, and may even aid in preventing cognitive disorders such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, according to this cumin research.
The health benefits of garlic
As well, garlic’s hydrogen sulfide is an effective antioxidant. Another study on garlic’s health benefits suggests that it can prevent the common cold and reduce the longevity of the cold.
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