Spices have been used across the globe for thousands of years. They enhance and preserve foods as well as being used in perfumes and cosmetics. But did you know that many species also boast some really awesome health benefits? Such as speeding up your metabolism, balancing your blood sugar levels, stimulating your digestive system and supporting your immune system!
Here are just some of the health benefits that common spices have to offer you:
Mustard: These little seeds have been shown to generate heat in your body and even speed up your metabolism by about 25%!
Black Pepper: This spice is so common that it is funny to think it was once used as a currency! This spice also works to heat the body up and stimulate your metabolism, but studies also indicate that piperine, the main substance in pepper corns, actually helps prevent fat cells from forming!?
Turmeric: Curcumin, the main component within turmeric, not only stimulates the metabolism by heating your body up, it also holds antibacterial properties which means it helps support your immune system.
Cinnamon: This spice, which is fantastic in both sweet and savoury meals, helps balance your blood sugar levels which helps you curb those cravings!
Nutmeg: Nutmeg works to increase blood flow by stimulating the circulatory system. This not only helps support your digestive system, it also helps your body flush out all those unwanted toxins.
Cayenne: This hot spice is not for the fainthearted. Just a tiny pinch will add a whole lot of warmth to your dish, as well as to your body! Which means cayenne is another spice that helps stimulate your metabolism.
Cumin: This spice has been shown to improve glycaemic control, aid in digestion and support energy production.
Saffron: This is the most expensive spice in the world, costing as much as $1,500 for 10g. This isn’t that surprising when you think that each flower only produces a tiny amount and they only flower for one week in the year. What saffron does that is helpful for all you sweet tooths out there, is actually help curb your sweet cravings! It is also a rich antioxidant as well as containing many other essential nutrients such as vitamins A and C.
So if you are cooking at home, why not try experimenting with some of these yummy spices? You can enhance the flavours of your food at the same time as supporting your own health!