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Weight Management : Add a Little Spice (andHerbs) To Your Diet

You've heard that instead of salt, health care professionals recommend using spices and herbs to make your food more flavorful. There are many ways in which you can spice up your diet. While cinnamon is our customers' all-time favorite, here are some other examples of great spices and their health benefits.

Basil
This popular Italian herb is a favorite with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. You could also add basil and to a soup to add a little more flavor. Basil is packed with magnesium and vitamin A. It also contains anti-bacterial properties and a strong anti-inflammatory.

Turmeric
Turmeric has been used for hundreds of years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. It helps to keep you healthy by fighting bacteria, viruses, and funguses. It also increases the flow of bile, an important component in the breakdown of dietary fat. Use in moderation as it has a very potent taste.

Mint
This worldwide herb has been used to treat indigestion and stomach aches. Drinking a cup of mint tea when you are sick can aid in making you better. Due to its antimicrobial properties mint can be used to treat oral health as well.

Curry
Curry is a signature spice in India and Asia. The active ingredient, curcumin, aids in improving cognitive function.  It can also aid in preventing autoimmune disorders due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is a great source of antioxidants vitamin C and E.

Nutmeg
Another spice that is used worldwide, the nutmeg oil helps to relieve stomachaches by removing excess gas from the intestine. It also aids in eliminating fatigue and stress bystimulating your brain. The antimicrobial properties aid in bad breath.

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