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Organic Spices: Taste So Good, and So Good for You

In addition to adding flavor, spices and herbs can actually help improve your health.

Visitors to our farmer’s market tent are filled with tips and tidbits on the health benefits of herbs. One woman tops her morning cereal and sprinkles her lunch salads with turmeric to combat arthritis. Another swears by paprika to lower blood pressure. And yet another adds cinnamon to her morning coffee to balance blood sugar.

In “Spices: A Wealth of Health Benefits that Make Food Taste Great”, author and cancer survivor, Barbara Minton, summarizes some recent research, and provides insight into the health benefits of cinnamon, ginger, oregano, rosemary and turmeric.

Read Corinne Lutton’s article, “Spices - Health Benefits Discover the Health Benefits of Including Spices in your Diet” for the benefits of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, ginger and turmeric.

Howard Dratch presents a historical perspective in “Spice Up Your Life: The Health Benefits of Spices”, Blogcritics Magazine. From 50,000 BC through the travels of Marco Polo, and on to modern day research. Did you know that merely smelling a spice can actually increase alertness and brain function?

In 2006, an Australian study was conducted to define what the benefits to spices are, and to develop methods for exposing them by scientific means. The results highlight spices and herbs as natural combatants to cardiovascular disease. Comprehensive findings can be found in the Medical Journal of Australia supplement, “Health benefits of herbs and spices: the past, the present, the future”.

There is a wealth of information and advice on the topic, from researchers, nutritionists, medical professionals, and bloggers. Scientific findings and advice handed down from generations before us.

If you’d like to share your personal recommendations for use of spices for their health benefits, email me. I look forward to hearing what benefits you’ve experienced. To your health!

- Jenny Ross

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Flavor, and so much more
Fresh organic spices and herbs transform the culinary experience, but that’s only part of the story. They also invigorate, protect and nourish. For centuries, herbs and spices have been utilized to heal the body, mind and spirit. They provide anti-inflammatory benefits, act as anti-oxidants, balance blood sugars, and improve circulation and cardiovascular health.

Best of all, these crucial benefits are available to all without needless fat and calories. With freshly ground organic spices from Smith & Truslow, you’ll break free from the evil bandits of traditional cooking—butter and salt. You’ll never again face the trade-off between flavor and nutrition; they can, and do, go hand-in-hand.

Some specific health benefits can be found below.

Research has found...

SpiceHealth Benefits
Antiseptic; anesthetic; balances blood sugar
Alleviates symptoms of asthma and congestion; laxative
Diuretic, reduces gas
Anti-inflammatory; antioxidant, strengthens defenses against asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Balances blood sugar and retards weight gain; sedative; may help reduce high blood pressure
Reduces heartburn and helps digest grains
Anti-inflammatory; improves circulation; enhances memory; opens respiratory passages
Helps relieve symptoms of gout, insomnia, and kidney stones
Anti-inflammatory; provides pain relief; improves circulation; enhances memory; opens respiratory passages; may fight prostate cancer and ulcers
May decrease risk of prostate cancer, and reduce cholesterol
Used to regulate digestion and remedy bladder problems; antibacterial that may be an effective natural means of combating salmonella
Antibacterial; balances blood sugar; lowers cholesterol; alleviates congestion; sedative
Painkiller; alleviates diarrhea and nausea
Anti-inflammatory; reduces cholesterol; prevents gas; alleviates cramps and gout
Antiviral; anti-inflammatory; memory enhancer
Antioxidant; helps prevent growth of bacteria
Relieves congestion, stomach cramps and headaches
Lowers cholesterol; prevents gas; relieves sore throat and congestion; laxative
Antibacterial; antifungal; antiviral; lowers cholesterol and blood pressure; reduces water retention
Antibacterial; improves circulation; stimulates lymph glands; alleviates motion sickness and nausea
Used to treat burns, insomnia, anxiety, migraines, symptoms of menopause and to balance blood sugars
Promotes digestion of fats, alleviates fevers and menstrual cramps
Alleviates congestion; cleaning agent; high in vitamin C
Antibacterial; antioxidant
Alleviates congestion, bronchitis, sore throat and arthritis
Antiseptic, reduces high blood pressure, alleviates symptoms of asthma and colds
Helps prevent scurvy and colds; high in vitamin C
Antibacterial, antioxidant
Helps heal canker sores; improves circulation; alleviates symptoms of colds and kidney infections
Antioxidant; helps neutralize certain carcinogens; improves eyesight; promotes kidney and liver health; prevents buildup in arteries
Improves digestion and promotes intestinal health; anti-inflammatory; antioxidant and antibacterial; stimulates the breakdown of fat cells
Muscle relaxant; digestive aide; antibacterial; antioxidant; anti-inflammatory
Stimulates appetite
Anti-inflammatory; improves circulation; enhances memory; opens respiratory passages
Stimulates the immune system; improves circulation; improves digestion
Aids digestion of oily and fatty foods; antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, improves brain function
Slows bacterial growth; alleviates sore muscles and sore throats
Anti fungal; anti-oxidant; sedative
Antioxidant; anti-inflammatory; antimicrobial; helps digest fatty foods; can kill MRSA infections (staph bacteria)
Antioxidant; reduces cholesterol, inflammation, and indigestion; may block the formation of some cancers