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Choose the Right Spice for Good Health

By Tom Herrin

Most of us use some kind of spices to make our food taste better. Each has its own unique flavor to add that makes foods stand out. If you have health concerns, you may want to consider using certain spices to not only flavor your food but fine-tune some things about your health. Apparently, some spices may have something to offer that can do more than simply change the taste of food. Some can actually improve our health, and it may be in ways you would never think possible.

Do You Like Cinnamon?

I always enjoy cinnamon when it is put on toasted bread with sugar, but it is not really my thing otherwise. It does have some good properties, though. It seems to help lower cholesterol and triglycerides. It is the real deal, however, when it comes to lowering blood sugar. It seems to help break down carbohydrates and act as an antioxidant. Be sure to find the best way to consume it if you decide to do so. I was once told that a teaspoonful of cinnamon each day would be healthy for me, so I tried taking one. This was a bad choice as it dried my mouth out so badly I couldn't swallow.

Peppermint Has a Good Reputation

Many people recognize the properties of peppermint. It is often used for digestive issues. Whether it is peppermint tea or peppermint sticks, it seems to have a positive effect. It seems to work for settling upset stomachs as well as soothing irritated throats. Some studies have shown that it can work to comfort those with issues involving the bowels and related problems. Apparently, it helps to relax the smooth muscles in the intestines. At our home, we use peppermint often, and I am pleased with the results.

Try Garlic, If You Can

Garlic is a bit of a tough thing to deal with. It is known for its ability to have a positive effect on the heart and blood pressure. Many people also use it to help fight some common illnesses. We use garlic, but we do so sparingly. It does add something to food that we enjoy, but I have to be careful to avoid too much as the smell can be offensive. Some people take it in capsules and seem to be pleased. The bottom line is that you may want to consider adding it to some of the foods you prepare.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Newnan, Ga.

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