If you know anything about cooking and baking, then you know spices are a great way to level up the flavour of any dish, however, there are plenty of other reasons to expand your spice cabinet. Spices offer a host of health benefits. It is easy to forget that spices come from seeds, fruits, roots, and barks, all of which are loaded with antioxidants. Each spice comes packed with its unique range of healthful plant chemicals. From blood sugar balance, to managing inflammation, to reducing cell damage and so much more! Let’s talk about 5 spices that can drastically improve your health and also add a kick of flavour to your food!
I bet this vibrant yellow spice was no surprise. Turmeric is one of the most powerful and effective herbs. Turmeric has grown to be extremely popular when it comes to fighting all kinds of inflammation. It can alleviate joint and muscle pain, help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s by reducing cognitive inflammation, and it can improve digestion by reducing intestinal inflammation. Turmeric is also great for the skin as it is loaded with antioxidants and can help bring town topical inflammation. Moreover, turmeric has been shown to moderate insulin levels, therefore helping with diabetes management. There are so many fun ways to add turmeric into your diet! At House of Wellness, we carry turmeric lattes, turmeric creamers and collagen with added turmeric!
Ginger is another popular spice that has been used for centuries in the kitchen, but also for its healing properties. Ginger is widely known for treating nausea and all forms of indigestion. Many choose to take ginger when struggling with morning sickness, chemotherapy, motion sickness, or digestive issues. Ginger has also been shown to reduce inflammation and therefore help with pain management. Many with arthritis and joint pain can benefit from adding ginger to their diet. Lastly, ginger is known to boost immunity and fight off bacteria and virus! This is why ginger is a go-to when you’re struggling with a cold, sore throat, or flu. Ginger can be taken in the form of juice, candies, or tea. Our minced ginger is a favourite when it comes to cooking in the kitchen!
Cinnamon is another popular spice widely known for its distinct flavour and ability to lower blood sugar levels. Cinnamon has been shown to slow carbohydrate metabolism, therefore improving blood sugar levels and improving insulin sensitivity. Many who are looking to improve their blood sugar levels use cinnamon while cooking, or sip on cinnamon tea daily. As with many spices, cinnamon is also loaded with antioxidants which have been shown to prevent many chronic diseases such as heart disease, neurological diseases, and cancer. Moreover, cinnamon is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. Some of our favourite products that include cinnamon are these Made Good Sweet Cinnamon Cookies, this cinnamon apple tea, and these cinnamon sticks.
Garlic is an absolute power spice! It has been shown to prevent and treat all kinds of chronic conditions and diseases. Garlic is widely known for its incredible ability to protect the heart. It is commonly used for atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, heart attack, and hypertension. In addition to heart health, garlic has been known to improve cognitive health and memory. Garlic contains a powerful antioxidant shown to protect against brain damage. It can also boost immunity, treat arthritis, promote skin health, and fight off bacteria, virus, and fungus. An easy way to get garlic in is through cooking with it or taking it in capsule form. Our garlic infused avocado oil is a favourite in the kitchen. If you’re looking to improve heart health, Kyolic supplements are garlic based and great for overall heart support.
Cumin is one of those spices with a super distinctive flavour, yet we all love it! Not only does it provide a lovely nutty, spicy flavour, but it has been used for centuries in traditional and alternative medicine. Cumin is known for its ability to improve digestive issues. Research shows it increases the activity of digestive enzymes resulting in better digestion. Many also report weight loss when consuming cumin regularly. Cumin has also been known for its potency of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Lastly, cumin is popular for those that suffer from anemia as it is high in iron. House of Wellness just got in a new organic cumin seed powder! We definitely suggest trying it out the next time you’re cooking.
Written by Allison Sherkin, RHN, CHNC
Allison is the in-house nutritionist at House of Wellness. She is a registered holistic nutritionist with experience in weight loss, mental health, hormonal balance, and digestion. She is passionate about helping others elevate their health and truly discover their highest potential! Allison believes in products made with integrity and focuses on effective solutions to help her customers and clients.