Spices add flavor, but their health benefits are often overlooked. According to Dr. Taz Bhatia, a physician specializing in inner medicine and author of Super Woman RX, spices can do more than give a fun taste to your foods; in fact, they can also support your overall body and mind.
Whether you’re an avid spice user, one who will add a sprinkle on occasion, or just taking baby steps into the spice world, here are 5 of the best and most beneficial spices and how to add them to your daily diet.
Did you know this mustard-colored spice has compounds that act as antioxidants? Did you know that it’s naturally anti-inflammatory? Did you know it can even prevent the flu, reduce pain from arthritis, and even boost your immune system, memory, and mood?
Looking for a way to add turmeric to your diet? Add a tablespoon of it to tea or lemon water. Then add a bit of honey for a sweeter taste and boil to mix.
This one’s my personal favorite. Did you know that it has antibacterial, antifungal and even anti-parasitic properties? That’s because of the component allicin.
One simple way to add garlic powder (besides, you know, putting it on everything if you’re like me): Put it in your chicken broth or pot of boiling water or toss some in with your sautéd veggies.
This spicy one helps with things like circulation, appetite, and immunity. It also has a pain-relieving compound, as well as vitamins to help balance your digestive system and even reduce migraines!
Little way to add it: Throw it on any tomato sauce, soup, chili, or Mexican rice dish.
4. Black Pepper
Probably the most overlooked spice on the list, but truthfully has anti-inflammatory properties.
To add: literally put it on anything (except maybe sweets).
This guy is great for digestive health, as well as some of the anti-inflammatory properties that the peppers have.
Use it in Indian or Mexican-inspired dishes for an extra pop of flavor.