As the summer ends and fall begins, we will soon find ourselves in the season of spice — specifically, pumpkin spice. Whatever your personal feelings about pumpkin spice may be, the truth is that many popular fall spices are great for your health. Here are a few seasonal spices that are as healthy as they are flavorful, and some recipe suggestions to help you take advantage of these great spices.
Native to Indonesia, nutmeg is rich in compounds called monoterpenes, which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Research published in the journal Food & Nutrition Research reported that rats that consumed nutmeg oil experienced a significant reduction in inflammation, inflammation-related pain, and joint swelling.
Recipe suggestion: Apple and Oat Scones
Turmeric has been used in traditional medical practices in India for centuries to treat sprains and swelling. Research into this golden spice has found that turmeric really does contain compounds that promote healing. One of these compounds, called curcumin, is a strong antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
Recipe suggestion: Golden Tea
Of all the spices on this list, ginger might be king. Ginger can be an effective treatment for nausea and has been used by cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. It can also help treat indigestion, fight infection, and lower blood sugar levels. A study published in 2011 also suggested that ginger may even help boost brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s.
Recipe suggestion: Turkey Ginger Noodle Soup
A single teaspoon of sage is packed with vitamins and minerals. Sage contains iron, calcium, vitamin K, and vitamin B6. Sage also has microbial effects, which are good for your oral health and can help prevent dental plaque. Additionally, a clinical trial published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences suggests that consuming sage may help lower LDL levels, sometimes called the “bad” cholesterol.
Recipe suggestion: Pasta with Butter, Sage, and Parmesan
Fall is a season full of great flavors. These spices prove that your favorite fall flavors can be as healthy as they are delicious.
Time to indulge in some spices!
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