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These Spices Need a Spot on Your Shelf (And Diet!)

By Genevieve Cunningham

Who doesn't love food with delectable flavor? There's nothing better than a meal that melts in your mouth. How do we achieve this mouth-watering flavor with every bite? While a little practice goes a long way, the true secret to flavor is in the spices. It's the combination of powders and herbs that you add to your staples. When you learn to add the right spices, your whole diet will open up. And along with improving the flavor, using the right spices might also improve the health of your meal. Win-win, right? If you're ready for a tastier, healthier menu, take a look at these spices that need a spot on your shelf right away.


Garlic is really good for overall health. It's thought that garlic has natural antiviral and antibacterial properties. That means that it may very well keep your immune system just a little stronger. It's also thought to help with heart disease and blood problems. Add a little garlic to your meals, and you'll get strong flavor plus a powerful boost to your health.


Turmeric is an ancient ingredient for eastern cultures, but it's just gaining ground in the west. Those who use this spice for health claim a wealth of potential benefits. It's a natural anti-inflammatory agent, an antioxidant, and a brain booster. It's also used for clear skin, prevent heart disease, and even prevent certain kinds of cancer. Turmeric has a strong flavor, strong smell, and even stronger color. Use it in moderation and you'll still be able to gain the benefits. 


Ginger might be a little harder to use on a daily basis. Its flavor is strong, and it might work better in desserts -- which you may or may not eat every day. But when you do eat ginger, you can expect some great benefits. Ginger is good for the stomach. If your stomach is unsettled, ginger can help calm it. It's also another natural anti-inflammatory, which might work well for anyone with chronic inflammation in the body. It might help lower bad cholesterol, and it may help keep blood sugar levels. Add ginger when you can, and rest assured that this tasty spice will do your body good.

Adding a little flavor to your diet can really bring an extra punch to your regular menu. And if you choose the right spices and herbs, it can bring a healthy punch too! Use these options to get started and you'll have a tastier and healthier menu in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Covina, Calif.

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