For thousand of years spices have been used for their healing properties and now science has confirmed why we should add a healthy dash to meals, snacks and recovery smoothies.
Turmeric contains the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory curcumin. Turmeric’s powerful antioxidant properties can fend off cancer-causing free radicals as well as other free radicals that are produced during intensive exercising.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory qualities makes it a great spice for pain management. A University of Arizona study found that using turmeric for pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis resulted in a significant reduction of symptoms.
Cinnamon has anti-microbial and antioxidant properties. Cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing stomach emptying and preventing the sharp rise in your blood glucose levels following meals.
Research has shown that cinnamon gives you a brain a boost by improving cognitive processing. A sniff is all you need to reap the benefits.
According to the National Institutes of Health, cinnamaldehyde - a chemical found in Cassia cinnamon - could help fight against bacterial and fungal infections.
Cayenne a hot pepper made from chili peppers contains capsaicin that relieves pain and improves digestion. Capsaicin is a great decongestant by releasing the mucus from sinuses and opening the airways.
Cayenne helps to improve blood flow, reduce inflammation and increase metabolism. Purdue researches found by consuming cayenne there was an increase in the amount of calories burned.
Ginger is closely related to turmeric and cardomon. It is well known for its properties of aiding digestion, reducing nausea and helping to fight the flu. Gingerol, the bio-active property of ginger, provides anti-inflammatory benefits. Studies show that ginger can help to reduce exercise induced muscle soreness and a double-blind study indicated that ginger has an impact on lowering cholesterol levels.
+ Add 2 dashes of turmeric to your smoothies or recovery shakes
+ Mix ½ tsp of ginger into your smoothies
+ Sprinkle cinnamon on your coffee, oatmeal, and granola
+ Add a few dashes of cayenne to black beans, chickpeas, lentils, winter squashes and chicken noodle soup