Rosemary – One of the most beneficial health claims for rosemary may come as a surprise. When grilling meat, consider adding rosemary to reduce carcinogens. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Food Science found that (dried or fresh) chopped rosemary when added to ground beef helped reduce levels of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) — carcinogens that form when meat is grilled at high temperatures.
Rosemary may also be of benefit because of its antioxidant properties. Rub finely chopped fresh rosemary on meat prior to cooking or include dried rosemary in marinades.
Cinnamon – for balancing blood sugar. Although study results have been mixed, a 2013 analysis did find that cinnamon helped balance blood sugar as well as lower cholesterol. Studies also indicate that cinnamon has blood sugar benefits for those who may be at risk for prediabetes. Add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon in the coffee filter before adding ground coffee. Brew as usual. Add ground cinnamon to cooked oatmeal and other hot cereals. Use ground cinnamon in baking. For a healthy tea, add 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of black or green tea leaves to the tea pot. Pour in 8 ounces of boiling water. Steep, strain and drink while hot.
Turmeric has loads of benefits. High on the list is mental function. A recent study found that consuming curry, which contains turmeric was linked to higher cognitive function in adults 65 or older. Studies also show that turmeric has potential for treating mild osteoarthritis. Add ground turmeric to recipes or purchase turmeric capsules from a reliable source. Or grow your own turmeric in the garden, harvest it fresh and air dry the rhizomes.
Garlic has many health benefits. Raw garlic is considered a prebiotic as it nurtures the beneficial bacteria in our digestive tract. Garlic also appears to help lower high blood pressure, and may help in the treatment of hypertension.
Garlic is also a powerhouse of antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties, and may be beneficial in decreasing the risk of cancer in the gastrointestinal tract.
Honorable mention: Cloves, Sage, Thyme and Oregano. All very beneficial as well.
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