We already know that regular exercise and a diet rich in vegetables and low in sugar helps keep us at our optimum level of health. Did you also know that there are many herbs and spices that you may add to your diet that will help not only boost your immune system, but help strengthen your overall musculoskeletal structure?
It turns out that our grandmothers were right by touting their home remedies to fight off colds and other ailments as well as provide healing qualities. There are readily accessible herbs and spices you likely already have on hand in your pantry or garden (fresh is better!) so try some of these to your daily diet for a boost. Remember to always check with your physician prior to changing a prescribed diet.
TUMERIC is a spice is commonly used in Indian curries and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It is becoming known as one of the more effective supplements and many orthopedic physicians are beginning to advocate use of turmeric to assist alleviating arthritic aches. Turmeric contains curcumin, a natural anti-inflammatory compound.
BASIL is a common herb used in Italian cooking and we love fresh basil on a Caprese Salad with sliced tomatoes and mozzarella slices. Basil happens to be a source of fiber and is filled with powerful antioxidants. The essential oils in basil help ease inflammation. Another amazing property of basil is the ability to fight off infection and inhibit bacteria.
GINGER has been used for centuries in alternative medicine to treat nausea. Most important for those seeking pain management, ginger appears to have strong anti-inflammatory agents. There is research showing that ginger, mixed with cinnamon and sesame oil, may assist in relieving the discomfort of osteoarthritis with a similar effectiveness as OTC medicines like ibuprofen.
OREGANO is another powerful herb with several components, including Vitamin K and calcium which are known to strengthen bones. Did you know that even one tablespoon has the similar number of antioxidants as an apple and is four times more powerful than blueberries?
CILANTRO is an herb commonly found in Mexican and Asian food. There is controversy as to whether you love it or hate it. If you’re a lover of cilantro, you can take advantage of its high fiber and iron nutrients. Research shows it may reduce the risk of diabetes as well as help to raise energy levels.
PARSLEY has long been used as a simple garnish for your meals and even a breath freshener for after dinner. This herb, however is packed full of antioxidants, carotene, and vitamins to support your immune system. One of those is Vitamin K, which helps promote strong bones.
CINNAMON is a tricky one and must be used carefully. In large amounts it may cause irritation or toxicity if you have liver problems. A conversation with your physician is recommended prior to adding this to your daily regimen. When taken properly, cinnamon may lower cholesterol and help with allergies.
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