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Why Herbs and Spices are Good for You

Loretta loves to write about best practices in health and wellness as well as the great job opportunities in the growing wellness industry.


Contrary to what many people think, spices and herbs are not included in cooking for their amazing taste and aroma. There are actually lots of compounds present in them. Most of those compounds give them those great aromas and taste and function in a healthy capacity to improve health and prevent different diseases.

Here are some of the best organic spices and herbs you should start using and how their compounds function in the body:

1. Thyme, Cinnamon, Oregano, Cloves and Peppermint Perform Antioxidant Functions

Several compounds that are found in these herbs and spices perform antioxidant functions. They do these by fighting oxidation radicals that can attack and damage cell membranes and proteins in our body. Oxidative damage is very unhealthy and has been attributed to the cause of diseases like cardiovascular, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

2. Spices like Tumeric and Cumin Perform Anti-inflammatory Functions.

Inflammation can damage the body, especially affecting the elderly and causing pain, through arthritis or gastritis or cause more chronic inflammation attributed to causing cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s disease. Incorporating herbs with anti-inflammatory agents such as turmeric and cumin in meals and diet helps to fight inflammation.


3. Cinamon Helps to Control Blood sugar.

According to medical professionals, cinnamon possesses some insulin qualities and is being studied due to its ability to control blood sugar level and even helps to enhance the effect of insulin in people who have metabolic syndrome or are resistant to insulin.

4. Coriander, Garlic, Ginger, Cumin, Basil, and Cinnamon Perform Antimicrobial Functions.

The above-named spices and herbs are just a few of the spices known to perform antimicrobial activities an functions in the body. They protect the body and fight against the growth of harmful bacterial. This is why they are traditionally used to keep meat safe in some parts of the world. According to research, they also help the body to maintain healthy bacterial growth in the large intestine.

5. Anti-cancer activity

According to medical experts, many herbs and spices contain compounds that could help prevent cell mutation, inhibit the growth of tumours, and influence the enzymes that cleanse potentially toxic substances in the body to function actively.

There are lots of potential benefits to the compounds that are present in herbs and spices. For instance, a recent study found that meals with red pepper help burn more calories than meals without it, suggesting that capsaicin, an active ingredient in red peppers, directly affects metabolism.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Loretta Osakwe Awosika


Gabriel Wilson from Madeira, Portugal on January 04, 2021:

I love to use herbs and spices in my cooking. Corriander and basil are two of my favorite herbs, I grow my own. I love cinnamon with pork and I enjoy oregano in tomato sauces that I use for pasta. Thanks for the info :)

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