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Five Spices With Health Benefits


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    • 1. Five Spices with Health Benefits These five hot spices can be good for everything from easing arthritis pain to keeping your heart healthy.
    • 2. Recent studies suggest that when it comes to cuisine , kicking it up a notch can be as good for your health as it is tasty for your palate.
      • Some spices, particularly hot ones,
      • contain phytochemicals
      • that may help ward off cell damage
      • associated with chronic diseases.
    • 3. Chili Powder
      • Potential health perk: Relieves achy joints.
      • Research shows that capsaicin, found in chili peppers,
      • has an anti-inflammatory effect,
      • which may help ease arthritic swelling and pain.
      • Hot way to dish it: Sprinkle a few shakes of chili powder and salt on baked French fries.
    • 4. Cinnamon
      • Potential health perk: Protects against Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
      • A 2003 study found that about half a teaspoon
      • lowered blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.
      • Hot way to dish it: Mix half a teaspoon of cinnamon
      • into your coffee, or jazz up whipped cream
      • with a couple of pinches.
    • 5. Curry Powder
      • Potential health perk: Safeguards your brain.
      • The yellow curry pigment curcumin may fight Alzheimer's
      • by thwarting development of the disease's
      • signature amyloid brain plaques, says a study.
      • Hot way to dish it: Whisk 1 1/2 teaspoons mild curry powder into mayonnaise to dress up sandwiches.
    • 6. Garlic
      • Potential health perk: Improves your heart's health.
      • Brigham Young University researchers found that
      • garlic consumption can lower total cholesterol and triglyceride levels by an average of 10 percent.
      • Hot way to dish it: Add minced garlic and chopped cucumber to plain yogurt for a light dip or salad dressing.
    • 7. Wasabi
      • Potential health perk: Prevents ulcers.
      • A 2004 South Korean study suggests Japanese horseradish can kill ulcer-causing Helicobacter pylori bacteria.
      • Plant chemicals may also prevent tooth decay.
      • Hot way to dish it: Mix a smidgen of wasabi paste
      • with mashed avocado for a snappier guacamole.
    • 8.