Health Benefits of Herbs & Spices
Many people believe that spices and herbs contribute to good health although few of the claims below are medically proven. Spices not only increase your enjoyment of food, but have real health benefits as well. For instance it is claimed that:-
Capsaicin, the ingredient that provides the chilli peppers with their spiciness, also has medical benefits that include pain relief, heart health, and stopping ulcers.
Cinnamon can lower blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes
Turmeric comes from the same family of spices as ginger — which means both plants can reduce inflammation in arthritis patients.
Parsley fights bad breath and has health claims going back to the Romans and today its supporters believe the herb helps pass kidney stones and battles deafness
Oregano is a major source of thymol and carvacol — two antibacterial agents that fight off infection — and has quadruple the antioxidants of blueberries.
Ginger can decrease travel sickness and nausea; and may also relieve pain and swelling associated with arthritis.. Ginger can also hinder blood clotting.
Garlic, closely associated with many natural remedies and traditional medicines, garlic has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral effects. Other claims sate that it can stop blood clots from forming in your arteries.
Rosemary may help your memory and alertness Rosemary is traditionally used in marinades for meats and poultry, and there’s scientific wisdom behind that tradition: rosmarinic acid and other antioxidant compounds in the herb fight bacteria and prevent meat from spoiling, and may even make cooked meats healthier.
Cloves have a potent, sweet and spicy, aromatic flavour that makes a great complement to many foods. They have been consumed in Asia, for more than 2,000 years. Among the clove’s most well-known healing properties is its ability to relieve tooth and gum pain, but it has many benefits beyond that, including anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties, relief from respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis, relief from muscle pains from injuries or arthritis and rheumatism, the elimination of intestinal parasites, fungi and bacteria
NB Information regarding the health benefits above are drawn from a variety of sources and The Food Rub Company do not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of these claims. We would always advise people to seek their own advice on the efficacy and health benefits of spice and herbs.