The kitchen is the heart of most homes and while its main function remains to cook up a storm, it also holds many secrets. One of them being that your spice cabinet is also a medicine cabinet.
Spices contain different and unique kind of phytochemicals, as opposed to healthy foods or herbs. These makes them work very well with a lot of foods, especially meat and salads.
Spices can strengthen our bodies so that we more easily fight an invasion of toxins, bacteria, and even viruses. It might sound impossible that your humble spice rack can do so much, but it’s true!
Curcumin has been clinically shown to inhibit growth of various cancer cells including Bone Cancer, Breast Cancer, Brain Tumors, Colon, Liver & Pancreatic. Turmeric is the business because it contains the powerful cancer-fighting polyphenol Curcumin.
Curcumin has the ability to block every stage of cancer development, from cell mutation, to tumor growth, to metastasis. It can also kill many different types of cancer cells by triggering apoptosis (programmed cell death) without affecting normal cells.
Cayenne contains capsaicin, which makes this spice a powerful antioxidant. It also has the potential to dilate blood vessels, combat oxidation and prevent blood clots. All these factors contribute to good heart health.
Capsaicin helps reduce triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, two of the major risk factors of heart disease. It also promoting healthy muscle movement in the digestive tract and also helps regulate the proper production of digestive acids, aiding in the appropriate breakdown and assimilation of nutrients.
Garlic is the most powerful anti-cancer spice. Studies all over the world have shown it to lower the risk of developing all types of cancers especially colon, stomach, intestinal, and prostate cancer. It has strong antibacterial properties as well as the ability to block formation and halt activation of cancer-causing substances.
Coriander, which is derived from cilantro seeds, contains a unique blend of volatile oils that is said to play an important role in the herb’s ability to promote digestive healing. Linalool and geranyl acetate both occur naturally in coriander, and have been implicated in treating a host of gastrointestinal disorders.
This well-known spice can provide protection against heart disease. It inhibits the release of inflammatory fatty acids from the blood’s platelet membranes, which helps maintain the proper thickness of the blood. This in turn reduces high blood pressure, which can damage the arteries.
Black pepper is great natural remedy for digestive problems. It contains alkaloid piperine which increases production of of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Hydrochloric acid is necessary for digesting foods and absorbing nutrients. By improving digestion, piperine can alleviate heartburn.