Spice Up Your Life……

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Spices are known to have a beneficial impact on ones well-being. We’ve picked three of the best and showcased their plus points.

Cayenne: Is a wonderful painkiller because it helps to block pain transmission to the brain.That’s down to capsaicin, the natural compound found in chillies, including cayenne. Along with its painkilling properties cayenne actually invigorates your whole body with a strong emphasis on both your digestive and circulatory systems.

This makes it a great therapy for colds, sinus and congestion. A little will do the trick. Try adding a 1/4 tsp of cayenne and a small piece of fresh ginger to a smoothie when you want to banish a headache or 1/2 tsp cayenne and garlic to chicken soup to help with congestion when you have a cold.

Nutmeg: has a long history of use for pain relief, gut health, brain health and especially insomnia.  Known for its sedative effect and blood pressure lowering action, nutmeg may help you get a better nights rest. If you are prone to waking in the middle of the night drink a cup of warm milk flavored with a little honey and a pinch of nutmeg just before going to bed. Nutmeg helps break the tiring awake-sleep-awake pattern of transient insomnia and helps you stay asleep.

Turmeric: Studies and on going research show its good for circulation, joint aches, brain health, lowering cholesterol, upping immunity and so much more. At its heart is the active ingredient curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory, supportive for the aforementioned, but for joint health it is key, as it’s said to help reduce pain and stiffness. 1/2 tsp a day is in ones cooking or homemade smoothies is enough. Or chose a curcumin supplement.

Excerpt from article published in Woman and Home Magazine, April 2018 edition.

 

 

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