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Herbs & Spices for Optimum Health

By Annabelle Bondar | May 23, 2013

It’s a beautiful time of year to add fresh herbs and spices to your food. There are so many health benefits to the flavors we can add to our food.

Some herbs and spices offer many health benefits.

Anise. Anise seeds taste like black licorice and have give you a little pick me up. They can calm an upset stomach or even stop a runny nose. Anise contains calcium and fiber as well as a high amount of iron. It is delicious in a home made chai tea or tomato sauce.

Cinnamon. This familiar spice is a great source of fiber, can reduce cholesterol levels. Sprinkle cinnamon on almost everything and it tastes great.

Cilantro. Cilantro can aid in blood clotting and increase bone strength. It is also high in Vitamin K.

Cumin. Cumin has strong germ-fighting properties and can also keep blood sugar levels healthy. It is rich in iron, calcium and magnesium.

Basil. Basil aids in relieving respiratory infections and can reduce pain and swelling within the body.

Nutmeg. Containing a good amount of fiber, nutmeg is a very healthy addition to your diet. It is a helpful presence in the body, fighting off bad bacteria, and it has anti-inflammatory properties as well.

Mint. Fresh mint is great for the bowel and tastes delicious this time of year in teas, salads.

Fennel. Fennel also has a licorice taste, and aids in gas, bloating, and other digestive issues. It can also help with heartburn.

Oregano. We think of oregano with pasta, and it as also an antibacterial and anti-fungal herb that can help fight food-borne illness and can assist with antibiotic resistant infections.

Rosemary. Full of antioxidants, rosemary is great for reducing inflammation. It is also helpful in boosting your memory.

Thyme. This tasty herb can prevent signs of aging. It can also help boost your overall health and prevent cell damage. It is full of antioxidants.

Turmeric. What is curry without turmeric? A yellow color, this flavorful herb is used to treat liver disease, and heartburn and may be helpful in treating feelings of the blues. It is also helpful in fighting cancer.

If you use dried herbs and fresh, use a radio of 1 :3, use I tablespoon fresh and 1 teaspoon dried.

Uplevel your health and anti-aging with dried and fresh herbs.

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