The Health Benefits of Spices

Spices are a great way to add some delicious tastes to our meals. But a lot of those spices do more for our bodies than we may even realize. Here are some commonly used spices and their effects on our bodies.

Cayenne

In numerous studies, the active compound in cayenne, capsaicin, has been shown to reduce appetite. Capsaicin also has been shown to increase energy expenditure through activation of brown adipose tissue in humans (aka boost fat burning capabilities).

Turmeric

The compound curcumin in turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that fights oxidative stress. Initial studies show promising effects of curcumin on the prevention and therapy of cancer.

Black Pepper

Black pepper in particular boosts the absorption of the compound curcumin and in one study was shown to boost the bioavailability by up to 2,000%. Studies have also shown it to boost the absorption of beta-carotene.

Sea Salt

Salt is an essential mineral and too little or too much can prove to problematic for overall health. High quality sea salt also contains trace minerals and doesn’t have any additives like standard table salt.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon can lower blood sugar by slowing down the breakdown of carbs and improving overall insulin sensitive. Cinnamon is also a potent antioxidant that can help fight inflammation.

Cumin

Cmin has been shown to increase the activity of digestive enzymes and increase the release of bile from your liver, which helps to digest fat and certain nutrients. 1 tsp of Cumin has 1.4mg of iron which is 17.5% of the recommended daily intake.

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