My top 5 spices for health

If you’re committed to getting and staying healthy, you’re going to need to cook.

Eating out is a fast way to drain your wallet, and sabotage your health goals.

Sure, you can usually find healthy food in a restaurant. But when you control your meals from shopping to chopping, the power is completely in your hands.

Focusing on healthy vegetables and lean protein is a good start. But how you spice your meals can bring not only great flavor, but also a healing “punch” to any dish.

There are dozens of spices with health benefits, so no matter what your tastes, you’re bound to find something that does your body good.

Things like ginger, or nutmeg, cinnamon or oregano… they’ve all got something going for them.

But if I had to break it down to a “Top 5,” here’s where I’d start:

1. Garlic powder: Garlic is the anti- nearly everything. Antibacterial. Antiviral. Antifungal. Anti-parasitic. Its power comes from allicin, and even when you don’t use fresh garlic (which I usually do) garlic powder still is an easy way to make your meals more flavorful and healthy.

2. Black pepper: If you watch cooking shows, you’ll notice chefs pepper nearly everything. It wakes your food right up. Plus, it’s a natural anti-inflammatory, and it also pairs beautifully with my next pick, because it helps it (and other nutrients) become more “bioavailable” to your body…

3. Turmeric: Simply put, this is powerful medicine, not just a spice. It’s anti-inflammatory, boosts your immune system, reduces pain, aids digestion, and supports your brain and mood. It’s even anti-cancer. Powerful stuff.

4. Cumin: Here’s another anti-inflammatory spice, which also aids digestion. And it makes for a great chili, let me tell you. Of course, no chili is complete without…

5. Cayenne pepper: I like it hot, I won’t lie. But you don’t have to heap it on to get some benefits. Cayenne is a natural appetite suppressant, it increases circulation, and gives your immune system a lift. It can reduce pain. It has vitamin C, B6, potassium, manganese and more. It’s great for digestion and can even help with headaches. Plus, if you’re stuffy in the nose, it can help open you up there too.

Before you ask the question “How much should I use?” I’ll answer it for you.

Use what tastes good.

Don’t get too hung up on how much. Just start using a variety of spices and know you’re doing a little bit of good with each bite.

If I’ve learned anything in the kitchen over the years, it’s taste your food throughout the process, and don’t be afraid to experiment.

Would you immediately think roasted sweet potato chunks would taste great with cayenne pepper sprinkled on? I didn’t at first… until I tried it.

Spices and fresh herbs make anything you make at home a little more special, and a lot healthier too.

And no reservation required.

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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9 thoughts on “My top 5 spices for health

  1. i’VE BEEN MAKING TURMERIC PASTE FOR FOUR OR FIVE YEARS…AND USE ALL THE OTHER SPICES YOU RECOMMEND. DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER LAST AUGUST…AND SURE AS THE WORLD STRESS BROUGHT THIS ON AT 87….BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS I’VE NEVER, NOT ONCE, HAD PAIN, NOR THROWING UP. MY BLOOD WORK HAS BEEN EXCELLENT….I BELIEVE BECAUSE I STOPPED EATING FOOD WITH PRESERVATIVES YEARS AGO (TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY) AND I TRY TO MAKE A GREEN DRINK WITH SPINACH, CARROTS, BROCOLI ETC WITH FRUIT AND TURMERIC EVERY DAY.
    I BELIEVE WE ARE WHAT WE EAT. SHALOM, MIMI MALCOLM

  2. in the world of toxic pesticides and land fill being toxic wholesome food is not always available. especially in restaurant food supplies. cooking at home should be fun and a family affair . getting to eat new and fresh foods are truly rewarding.

  3. You don’t need to print this, but I read that cayenne pepper is good for stopping bleeding like with cuts. I have used it for that and it works! Of course, it hurts for a short time, but does stop.

  4. I read and reread the first version and couldn’t find your error! I am usually very good in finding typos – especially in my own work after it’s printed. (Don’t post this)

  5. Garlic Powder. Have you ever tried to find garlic powder grown and processed here in the USA? Very difficult to impossible. All seems to be from China. I make my own. I buy only fresh garlic from Christopher Ranch. Then I peel and dehydrate and powder. The difference is astounding. Some of the things I have learned are; fresh Chinese garlic has had the root stock completely removed because of a disease that is in Chinese garlic. USA product has the root stock left on. My product is a golden brown because I use only the cloves. Chinese product is almost white because they use all of the bulb, skin and root stock. My product is twice as potent. Guess why? Your choice. A little more work but worth it I feel. Garlic powder is one of my major spices.

  6. I wish I could cook. I live in my 18 wheeler for months at a time and can only eat in truck stops with food someone else cooks. Years ago, truck stops always had restaurants and good food, but in the last few years they’ve become rare and replaced their restaurants with fast food junk. That’s why so many truck drivers die at a younger age, while we keep the country fed. It’s ironic🤨

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