We’ve long been told that one of the only ways to get the nutrients we need is through the consumption of fruits and vegetables, and while this is true for a wide range of different vitamins and minerals, it’s just as important that we add a wide range of antioxidants to our diet. Vegetables are great for antioxidants, but even better in many cases are herbs and spices – the more colourful, the better.
Herbs and spices have been used in traditional medicine for countless centuries, and this is because our ancestors noticed the benefits of eating them. But thanks to modern nutritional science, we’re able to understand the benefits of adding herbs and spices to our diets, including which are best.
Turmeric is a popular spice from India that’s known for making curries golden, and for its powerful ability to stain just about anything. But it doesn’t stop there, turmeric contains hundreds of potent compounds that have been proven in countless studies to benefit the human body in a number of ways.
From preventing and fighting cancer, to improving cardiovascular health, many nutritionists and doctors now advise making turmeric a daily part of the diet. Be sure to always add black pepper along with the turmeric, as otherwise the latter’s compounds won’t be activated.
2. Garlic Powder
Garlic is known for containing a compound known as allicin, which has been proven by researchers to boost the immune system significantly, making it a great choice for anyone wanting to stay healthy during the flu season.
This same compound can be found in garlic powder, although often concentrated, and easier to add to a dish. Garlic powder, like turmeric, should be a spice added to daily meals.
While much more research is needed, studies have suggested that using rosemary in cooking can Improve cognitive function. Even the ancient Greeks were aware of this, often stating that consuming rosemary led to better memory, and higher levels of concentration, great for successfully seeking out great gaming guides.
Some studies have even shown that simply smelling rosemary, such as with aromatherapy, can have a relaxing effect on the brain, allowing for better concentration. Regardless, adding a dash of dried rosemary to a dish may improve both the flavour and the mind.
4. Ground Ginger
Ginger is a spicy but delicious root that often comes in powdered form, and can be added to dishes for a sharp and unique enhancement of flavour.
Research has shown that it offers a myriad of health benefits, such as acting as a blocker for TNF, a compound found in fast and processed foods that’s responsible for serious health issues. Instead of relying on an expensive TNF blocker, it may be a better idea to add some powdered ginger to a meal.
Although in the same family as oregano, marjoram is not quite as popular as its cousin.
Found mostly in Mediterranean dishes, marjoram is a powerful herb with many more antioxidants than oregano, but also with unique anti-inflammatory benefits that are great for anyone with inflammation problems.