The food we eat is more than just a means to find pleasure and feel sated. We consume food in order to extract calories to have the energy we need to conduct our day to day work. But also, we are supposed to extract the nutrients we need to repair our bodies, refresh our organs, and live a long and happy life.
Unfortunately, in today’s hustle and bustle it is not always easy to eat the right foods. Indeed, many of us take the easy way out and rely on fast food, quick service foods, and processed foods that are easy to prepare. However, if you really want to get the most out of the food you eat—so you can feel your best—you should prepare them at home.
And if you are going to prepare your food at home, here are some Circle Centre for Health herbs you should keep around. These herbs have been shown to help improve various conditions and improve many symptoms.
We are going to start with turmeric because it may just be one of the most important herbs to cook with. Common to curry seasonings, turmeric contains a substance called curcumin. This is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory that actually works much like a Cox-2 inhibitor (these are pharmaceutical drugs that lower the presence of the Cox-2 enzyme which causes swelling and pain typically associated with arthritis).
Inflammation is actually associated with a variety of health conditions. As turmeric is generally regarded as powerful anti-inflammatory, then, it can be recommended as a means to positively affect many conditions.
Perhaps the most easily consumed spice on this list, cinnamon has been shown to lower blood sugar. This means that it could be an excellent treatment for type 2 diabetes. It has also been shown to reduce diabetes-related heart attack risk as well as cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Rosemary contains two powerful antioxidants—carnosol and rosemarinic acid—that destroy HCA. This is a carcinogen found in high-heat grilled (and deep fried) meats associated with many cancers. Rosemary has also been shown to improve memory and might even help slow or stop tumor growth.
We will end as we started: with another very important plant. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral agent. It is often recommended as a means to quell stomach discomfort because it stops both serotonin and free radicals production, both of which are produced in the brain when you feel nauseous. It might also ease arthritis pain and lower blood pressure (because it is an anti-inflammatory) and even fend off cancer.