Making Your Food Taste Better and Your Health Improved
Who loves spicy foods? Have you ever lamented the bland taste of some foods in cafeterias, hospitals and retirement facilities? Don’t put up with it. Spice up your food for taste and most importantly for good health when you follow these health tips!
We all know that spices and herbs have been used throughout history to make food taste better, preserve food (a necessity before modern refrigeration) and of course for health benefits and healing. Did you know that if you choose wisely you can assist your natural body functions and immune system to help keep your body and mindset in top gear when you reach the age of being ‘retired’?
Yes, herbs and spices can provide benefits in the taste of food, but there are actual curative properties to many spices and herbs. Many scientists are agreeing that food and spices have a good effect on human health. The antimicrobial and antitumorigenic properties of these antioxidant foods and spices make incorporating them into your daily diet a good idea.
What are some of the top picks in choosing a health-enhancing spice for your daily and weekly meal plan?
Garlic with Allicin
Garlic is a strong antibacterial agent and has been shown to speed up DNA repair, kill cancer cells. Garlic has also been studied for its sulfur-containing compounds, which have been found to be abundant in phytochemicals and flavonoids – both powerful anti-cancer substances.
Concerned about skin cancer? A study done at the Amala Cancer Research Centre in India showed that garlic extract inhibited two-stage chemical carcinogenesis on the skin of mice. These results indicate garlic has the potential as an anti-cancer agent as well as an anti-tumor promoter.
Turmeric with Curcumin
Turmeric can be purchased fresh, in its root form (we’ve seen it available at Sprouts and Whole Foods in fresh root form), or dried and powdered. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which studies have shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is widely believed to promote optimal liver function.
Turmeric powder can be used on eggs, added to soups and sauces, or rubbed on vegetables or chicken. Chicken Curry is a flavorful dish that includes plenty of this bright yellow spice.
Hot Peppers with Capsaicin
A powerful spice, the hotter the more effective the beneficial effect. A powerful antioxidant called capsaicin can be found in cayenne pepper and other hot peppers including habanero, chipotle, jalapeno, Anaheim, ancho, and Scotch bonnet peppers. Capsaicin has been shown in several laboratory studies to be toxic to cancer cells.
Oregano with Carvacrol
The popular Italian spice oregano is extremely antimicrobial, high in antioxidants, and has been shown to be a powerful parasite fighter as well as a cancer inhibitor. Ounce per ounce, fresh oregano has been shown in a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have higher antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. If you grow it in a flower pot or your herb garden, just pinch some off and eat it. It’s good medicine!
Remember that Turmeric, cayenne, garlic, and oregano are all highly toxic to cancer cells, and each one is super easy to add to your daily meals.
Enjoy the great clubhouse and exercise equipment available for your use here at Grace Pointe Living, but make sure to incorporate good food and nutritionally effective spices and herbs to enhance your longevity and retirement life with us!
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