Here are some of the best best herbs and spices that are support by research.
Its a popular spice, found in all sorts of recipes and baked goods. It contains a compound called cinnamaldehyde which is responsible for cinnamon's medicinal properties. Cinnamon lowers blood sugar by several mechanisms, including slowing breakdown of carbs in the digestive tract and improving insulin sensitivity.
It has healing properties and was used in middle ages, and was even used to help prevent plaque. Sage may be able to improve brain functions and memory especially with people with Alzheimer's disease.
As in the case of many herbs, it the oily component that contains the agents responsible for the health effects. Peppermint oil can improve pain management in irritable bowel syndrome. It also has anti nausea effects when used in aromatherapy.
Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour. It contains several compounds with medicinal properties, the mist important is curcumin. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant which helps fight oxidative damage and boosting the body's own antioxidant enzymes. Curcumin also has anti inflammatory effects.
The active ingredient of Rosemary is called rosmarinic acid. This substance has shown to suppress allergic responses and nasal congestion.
The main use of garlic is its medicinal purposes. Its known for combating common cold. Garlic is also known to reduce total and LDL cholesterol by about 10-15%.
It was used particularly to enhance libido and masculinity. It also improves the function of the hormone insulin leading to significant reductions in blood sugar levels.
8. Cayenne pepper.
Its a type of chili used to prepare spicy dishes. The active ingredient is capsaicin which is known to reduce appetite and increase fat burning in many studies. For this reason its a common ingredient in many commercial weight loss supplements. Its also shown to have anti cancer potential in animal studies.
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