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Spice May Do More for Health Than You Think

By Tom Herrin

If you thought that the only benefit of spices was to alter the flavor of food, you would be a little off target. Spices can indeed make substantial changes in our food, but they have more to offer than that. No doubt, many things are discovered by accident, and this may be the way it is with the effects of many of the spices we have available on our health. Apparently, finding the right combination may be something that can help us to improve our health in a few different ways.

Sage May Have Some Surprising Benefits

The most familiar use for sage for many of us is in some kind of holiday food. For me, I always think of the dressing that we eat with turkey at Thanksgiving. It seems that sage is more than that. In the middle ages, it was apparently used to help heal people, and some used it to help prevent plague. More recently, we tend to follow more scientific ways of thinking. Some research has shown that it may be effective against some forms of dementia. One study indicated that sage might be helpful in restoring brain function in patients with Alzheimer's. That is pretty impressive.

Cinnamon May Help Manage Blood Sugar

Issues with blood sugar seem to be on the rise in the past few years. Cinnamon has been used with some success by many people to help control or lower their blood sugar. Studies have shown that it can lower blood sugar by a significant amount in diabetic patients. Anyone who is worried about blood sugar may benefit. The key is to find the right way to take it. I tried taking a teaspoonful once, and I was unable to swallow because it dried my mouth out so much, so be sure to use discretion.

Garlic May Be More Than You Think

If you have had much variety of foods, you probably think of some that tend to be heavy in garlic. It has a pretty bad reputation for its smell. It is pretty strong and can linger within a person for quite a while. The other side of it is that garlic seems to be good for its potential to help fight some illnesses. It is also widely known for its ability to help support the heart and blood pressure. I like it in some foods, but if you are concerned about the odor, you can get it in odorless supplements as well.

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