By Lori Peterson
Antioxidants, phytochemicals and phytonutrients found in herbs and spices can offer some health-protective benefits. Researchers from the National Cancer Institute found that the curcumin in turmeric can help prevent HIV from multiplying and can slow down the progression of AIDS. In addition, that spice has been shown to protect eyes from free radicals.
Ginger tea can soothe stomach upset. Additional benefits of ginger include help against motion sickness, coughs, asthma and sore throat discomfort.
Per the book Prescription for Dietary Wellness, garlic has been found to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, improve circulation, and stimulate the immune system. Garlic is also beneficial for these ailments: arthritis, blood-sugar disorders, allergies, asthma and bronchitis.
Basil, used in Italian cooking and Thai cuisine, is an immune stimulant that’s beneficial for the stomach, lungs, spleen and large intestines. Bay leaves are good for stress management and against infection. Dill is good for the circulation, kidneys and spleen, and can help lower blood pressure. Sharp and pungent, horseradish is good for bronchial and lung disorders.
Mint is good for digestion. Rosemary, also from the mint family, is known to fight infection and ward off headaches. Thyme is good against bronchitis, whooping cough and laryngitis.
If you have the time and culinary inclination, give some herbs and spices a try. In spicing up your cuisine, you may improve your health and have fun creating new dishes.
** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. The herbs and spices mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.