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Spice It Up!

It’s the little things, like adding a little spice in your life that can add extra disease-preventing qualities to your diet. There are certain spices in particular that are proven to have medical powers. Spices can also be added to anything and at anytime. This makes it very simple to add health benefits to your meal and even beverage!


Tumeric contains curcumin, which is the main active ingredient in this spice. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory effects, increases antioxidants in the body, boost brain function, and can decrease risks of heart disease. Curcumin has even been shown to decrease development of the plaques associated with Alzheimer’s. Use tumeric in beverages to make teas and lattes; as a seasoning for foods like curry dishes; and even as a hair and body product for hair masks or skin masks.


Thyme has been seen to have antiaging effects, help maintain brain function, and promote heart health. Next time you have excessive coughing from a cold, add a teaspoon of crushed thyme to half a cup of boiling water, steep, and strain. 

Chili Peppers

Is it getting hot in here? Chili peppers can prevent sinusitis and relieve congestion, help to reduce insulin levels, can boost immunity, and fight inflammation. The compound in chili peppers that give them their heat, also give the body a natural fat burning boost. This can help to increase that post-workout calorie burn.


This spice is rich in polyphenols that can help regulate blood sugar levels in the body. Research has shown cinnamon to lower glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides levels. This has great benefits for people at risk of diabetes and heart disease. Sprinkle some cinnamon on your yogurt, tea, cereal, coffee, or even vegetables like sweet potatoes. 


Oregano is known as one of the most antioxidant rich of all foods. This spice contains rosmarinic acid, which is a powerful germ-killer and powerful antioxidant. Start saying oregano a day keeps the doctor away, because this herb’s antioxidant powers has seen to be 42 times greater than that of apples! Making an Italian dish? Sprinkle some oregano in the pot 



Article written by GUADS member Breanna, with contributions from cbsnews.com


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