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Learn more about these 3 healthy spices

Do you use spices to give more flavor or color to your dishes? What you may not know is that some spices are good for your health. Specifically cinnamon, ginger and turmeric. Adding these spices to your dishes can transform the flavor of your food, but in addition to that, you will reap the plentiful medicinal benefits. Here are a few examples:

Cinnamon

Cinnamon comes from an evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka. Its thin, multi-layered brown branches and sweet aroma are a unique feature. 

Cinnamon has been found to have these benefits: 

  • It is a natural relaxant and helps to induce sleep. So, if you suffer from insomnia, we recommend having a cup of cinnamon tea. 
  • It has a regulating effect. It moderates the passage of sugars into the blood and satisfies hunger for longer periods of time. 
  • It can be used as a substitute for sugar. It can sweeten coffee or other beverages.
  • It can be used to relieve pain and is also used as a natural disinfectant.
  • It helps fight cholesterol due to the presence of antioxidants.
  • It fights respiratory tract infections, as it has a drying effect on the mucous membranes and is a natural expectorant.
  • It reduces bad breath.

Now that you know some benefits of cinnamon, try using it in cookies, breads, fruit or simply in a delicious tea. It’s that easy!

Ginger

Ginger is a stem that is grown in the tropical regions of the world. Its spicy and perfumed flavor is used in different foods but mainly in Asian dishes. 

The following are just a few of the benefits of ginger:

  • It is an aid during pregnancy to prevent nausea and vomiting. It also can be used by chemotherapy patients for the same purpose. 
  • It is great for improving digestive health.
  • It helps improve blood circulation and has benefits for cardiovascular problems. 
  • Like cinnamon, it is a mucolytic, so it can help you overcome colds and flu. 
  • It has a very powerful calorific component, so if you have problems keeping your body warm, especially in winter, it can be a great ally.

You can use fresh or powdered ginger. Add it to your salads, stews, soups, desserts or use it in tea. No kitchen should be without ginger, especially when the winter months approach.

Turmeric

It is an ingredient found in warm and humid climates. India is one of the largest producers of this plant. Due to its orange pigment, it is commonly used to dye some dishes such as rice and creams. 

Several benefits of turmeric include:

  • It’s a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It is helpful in the treatment of diseases such as arthritis, cystic fibrosis and osteoarthritis. 
  • It helps to calm intense pain, as it inhibits cellular factors that produce them.
  • Curcumin also prevents the accumulation of cholesterol in the arteries, preventing them from becoming narrow and stiff. 
  • It has a powerful anti-inflammatory action on oral and epidermal mucous membranes, reducing the discomfort from insect bites and burns. 
  • It has a rejuvenating effect on the skin. It eliminates toxins and keeps the skin healthy and free of impurities.

You can add it to coffee, rice, soups or use it as a seasoning when you roast your favorite vegetables.

Now that you know more about these spices and their benefits, which ones are you going to include in your next meals? At Savorly, our chefs choose the best ingredients and cook with a lot of love.