Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Benefits of Adding Herbs and Spices to Your Diet

Most of us know a well balanced diet consists of a variety fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins, in a variety of colors, but our diets may still be lacking in essential nutrients.

Buying vegetables and fruits in season is an easy way to save money, and it's also a good way to insure that we get vital nutrients necessary for that season, but why stop there?

Herbs and spices not only add savory zest to your meals, but they are packed with micro nutrients, and healing properties. Simply adding some hot peppers and or garlic can boost your immune system, fight off illness and aid digestion.

Hot peppers all contain capscacin which has been proven to be a pain reliever (it makes the brain produce more endorphins). Peppers are also high in vitamin C and are a circulatory stimulant. They are known and used in recipes throughout the world from Asia through Europe and into the New World.

Garlic is the all time panecea used for centuries throughout the world to kill all manner of infections, and to boost the immune system.

Many recipes containing hot peppers and garlic also call for small amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg and/or allspice to aid digestion and reduce flatulence. Of course these spices are also rich in micro nutrients.

Of course I could go on and on with the Mediterranean herbs of oregano, thyme and the age old Scarborough Fair herbs, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. All have their own special properties that aid in bringing or keeping your body in good health and providing your food with deeper, richer flavors than can be obtained with just salt and pepper.

Do a little research. Find new recipes. Try one herb at a time. Start with small amounts and begin building your own cullinary delights to improve your health.


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