Spices are not only a tasty addition to meals, they also have a great effect on our health and well-being.
From delicious goji berries to superpowders with names we don’t know how to pronounce – information and suggestions come from everywhere about what you should add to your pantries and especially to your meals. In fact, we are not even aware that we have always had extremely beneficial superfoods for health on our spice shelves.
Cinnamon stick has always been part of a cup of fragrant mulled wine and an indispensable spice in an apple pie – for a reason! Cinnamon is said to lower blood sugar levels by affecting certain digestive enzymes that break down carbohydrates in the digestive system. Some research also claims that cinnamon can have a beneficial effect on blood markers in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Cinnamon is full of polyphenols that act as antioxidants in the body and protect us from oxidative damage. Oxidative damage, common in stressful periods of life, occurs when our body produces too many free radicals, and antioxidants are the ones that win the fight against them.
Cinnamon can also have anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation can be a cause of long-term illness and damage to body tissues.
It has been well known for years that ginger helps relieve dizziness, especially in the morning sickness of pregnant women. Ginger is also useful for women who suffer from painful menstruation. This strong-tasting spice can also help speed up stomach emptying and is thus a great solution for all people with chronic constipation. It is also an indispensable part when we fight colds and flu. Then reach for freshly prepared ginger juice.
Recipe for a medicinal drink with ginger
Peel about five inches of fresh ginger root and grate it finely to release as much juice as possible. Add the juice of one lemon and a large spoonful of homemade honey to this. You can enjoy this ‘paste’ on a spoon (keep it in the fridge), or you can add a liter of lukewarm water or herbal tea to it and prepare a refreshing and healthy drink to help cleanse your airways, lower your body temperature and make you feel better overall.
In traditional medicine, nutmeg has been used to improve digestion and also for diarrhea problems. But nutmeg is also considered to have antibacterial effects. Traditional preparations contain this spice to support the good health of the oral cavity. In addition, it is a source of magnesium, which means it supports bone health and is involved in ‘converting’ food into energy.