Kitchen Medicine is a real thing. Your spice cabinet is where it’s at.
It’s basically FULL of dried herbs and spices that you can eat every single day to keep yourself healthy. I always say the best defense is a good offense and the way to truly achieve optimal health is through health care, not sick care.
Most of us start to do something about our health once we’re already sick – this is a natural response. If you keep up a routine of eating fresh vegetables, herbs and spices daily you can maintain a fairly healthy immune system which is really the key to optimal health. Herbs and spices have been used for thousands of years to maintain health and wellness. It’s exciting to see so much emerging research on the benefits of compounds found in plant matter – it makes the herb geek in me so excited.
I like to cook with fresh and dried herbs and lots of spices [I get it from my mommy]. I grew up eating heavily spiced and fragrant foods, so I naturally reach for a variety of spices while cooking. There are so many we could discuss ,but for today I’ll stick to three that have some very promising research.
3 Spices You Should Eat Daily:
This bright yellow powder is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and numerous studies support this. It’s also been shown to be antimicrobial, antifungal and play a role in inhibiting the proliferation of cancer cells. Turmeric is best absorbed when paired with a fat, which makes it perfectly easy to cook with. You can also add turmeric to your smoothie with a scoop of coconut oil. Read more…
Cayenne, or capsicum, has also been shown to have multiple benefits: anti-inflammatory, metabolism booster and cancer fighter. Research suggests that the capsiates found in a many pepper varieties target a variety of pathways involved in cancer development and inflammation. So sprinkle that cayenne on your food, it has a lot of potential health benefits. Read more…
Oregano, dry or fresh, has been shown to have exceptionally high antioxidant content. One study found that adding a mixture of herbs, including oregano, to meat can reduce the formation of oxidative stress markers that naturally occur with cooking. This is important because those markers are known to play a role in the formation of carcinogenic and atherogenic forming compounds. Read more…
Cooking liberally with herbs and spices will improve the taste and depth of your dishes while adding considerable health benefits to each meal. The verdict: eat real food, season well and stay healthy.
What is your favorite herb/spice to cook with? Are you a herb nerd too?