Herbs and spices are a great way to easily add extra vitamins and minerals into your diet.
Here are my Top 5 for you to add into your routine- and I bet you already have the majority of them sitting in your pantry!
Garlic has been used throughout centuries for it’s medicinal properties. Garlic has the ability to boost the immune system, regulate blood pressure, fight inflammation and fight fungal infections, just to name a few! There has also been research which suggests that garlic can assist with heart health and reduce cardiovascular disease! Adding Garlic into your cooking can make a meal so much more nutritious; as well as delicious!!
‘Drink fresh ginger in warm water to soothe your cold’ isn’t just an old-fashioned saying...it’s true! Ginger contains potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents which reduce symptoms of the flu and boosts the immune system. Raw Ginger is high in minerals such as copper, magnesium and potassium to naame a few and it also gives you a great Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C boost! Start cooking with Ginger, particularly if you are susceptible to getting a cold, and watch how the frequency of getting the flu decreases!
A tea spoon of cinnamon is an incredible condensed source of antioxidants which boosts your immune system and overall health! One of the biggest benefits of Cinnamon is it’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels by slowing the breakdown of carbohydrates in the digestive tract whilst also improving insulin sensitivity making it an amazing herb for those suffering from Diabetes. Cinnamon is also highly Anti-inflammatory so assists with warding off chronic disease and illness. Adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to your breakfast/cooking can have such a great impact on your health, it would definitely be worth giving it a try!
Not only is Turmeric added to curries for it’s delicious flavour, but it also contains curcumin which is a potent antioxidant with anti inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti cancer properties. Turmeric has been shown to improve brain function, fight Alzheimer’s and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, as well as relieve arthritis. Using Turmeric alongside black pepper increases it’s absorption by the body due to the piperine contained within black pepper so be sure to add turmeric and black pepper to your dishes to make your food even tastier and highly nutritious!
Although a common pantry staple, Rosemary has been used as a medicinal herb for a very long period of time. Traditionally, Rosemary was used to assist with alleviating muscle pain, boost the immune and circulatory systems and improve memory. We now know that it also contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds which also neutralises free radicals which are known to cause disease! Sprinkling rosemary into your dishes is a great way to add these highly beneficial medicinal properties into your diet.
Incorporating these medicinal herbs into your diet you will be amplifying your health and wellbeing. They contain amazing properties which support your immune system, heart health, digestion and have anti-inflammatory properties which assist with warding off chronic diseases.