June 10 is National Herbs and Spices Day, which is a day to celebrate adding flavor to your cooking and enjoying the diverse tastes that various herbs and spices have to offer. You can use dried or fresh spices to add a new flair to your food, and the summer is a great time to experiment with unique flavors and maybe even try out a new spice combination. Whether you choose to grow your own herbs or purchase organic spices from local farmers’ markets, check out these delicious new flavors that pack a punch and bring about excellent health benefits.
Perfect for both sweet and savory dishes, as well as beverages and more, cinnamon is an incredible spice. It has antioxidant properties, it fights inflammation, it lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, and it reduces blood pressure. Cinnamon’s effect on blood sugar is also hugely significant—it actually slows down the digestion of carbohydrates within the digestive system and helps improve sensitivity to insulin, effectively reducing blood sugar up to 29% in those with diabetes. Use it in meat rubs, make some dessert with a cinnamon kick, or toss it on sweet potatoes for a delicious side.
In its various forms, peppermint has been used for centuries due to its medicinal effects. It can help with nausea as well as a number of digestive troubles, including bloating, pain during bowel movements, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Mix some peppermint leaves into a salad or smoothie, drink peppermint tea, or puree peppermint with some veggies.
Sage has long been known as an aid for improving memory and cognitive function. It was even thought to help prevent the plague many years ago. Sage has been studied in those with Alzheimer’s disease, as it reduces the breakdown of a chemical that is linked to Alzheimer’s. Toss it on some chicken before baking, add it to a sauce or marinade, or add it to a cup of tea or an alcoholic cocktail for some herbal kick.
This bright yellow spice has incredible anti-inflammatory properties—it’s almost as effective as some anti-inflammatory medications! It also includes antioxidants, can improve cognitive function, minimize arthritis pain, reduce the risk of heart disease, minimize the risk of cancer, and fight Alzheimer’s disease. Enjoy it in a curry dish, drink some “golden milk,” or toss it on some meat while roasting.
Pair Healthy Spices with Chiropractic Care for Optimal Benefits
Try adding one or a few of these powerful spices and herbs to your next meal or beverage, and enjoy the health benefits. As you aim to improve your health through eating well and cooking with healthy herbs, be sure to take a proactive stance on your physical body and the health of your central nervous system. Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte always has your whole-body health in mind as he practices neurologically-based chiropractic to optimize your body’s function. Contact Dr. Grant and his staff today to set up an appointment.
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“National Herbs and Spices Day – June 10.” National Day Calendar. https://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-herbs-and-spices-day-june-10/.