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Spice up your Life,and get Healthy

Environmental pollution, sunlight, cigarette smoke, unsaturated fats and even oxygen-all of these are potential sources for free radicals to enter your body, damaging healthy cells, accelerating the aging process and possibly leading to a host of health problems. How can you fight these harmful free radicals? One solution may be as simple as adding a little spice to your life.

Spices are derived from plants and contain a variety of natural compounds that act as antioxidants within the body, protecting cells from the invasive damage caused by free radicals. These four common spices offer a wide range of protective properties that may help support your body’s overall health:

Ginger
According to an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, ginger is one of the top food sources of antioxidants1. In addition to fighting free radicals, ginger may also help those suffering with joint issues. In one study, ginger showed a statistically significant effect on reducing symptoms associated with osteoarthritis in the knee2. Ginger is also a popular remedy for occasional nausea and stomach upset.

Turmeric
This bright yellow spice is well-known as a component of curry powder. It contains a high concentration of curcumin, a natural compound with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  One study involving mice concluded that curcumin may help protect the brain from the oxidative damage that is thought to contribute to Alzheimer’s3

Cayenne
The fiery and flavorful cayenne pepper contains a potent active compound known as capsaicin, which is responsible for the burning sensation caused by coming in contact with this spice. Capsaicin’s anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent topical pain reliever. The potent antioxidant powers of the cayenne pepper also come from capsaicin, which has been shown in several studies to inhibit the growth of breast4 and prostate5 tumors in mice.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon is a versatile and aromatic spice rich in polyphenolic compounds that act as protective antioxidants. In one recent study, cinnamon was shown to reduce the oxidative stress and impaired fasting glucose (two risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes) in overweight and obese adults6.

If you are looking for antioxidant support, these four beneficial spices can be easily incorporated into your daily diet. For those who do not wish to include these spices in their food, they are also commonly and conveniently available in supplement form.

Until next time ,stay healthy and remember, your best investment is your Health!