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Using New Spices May Support Better Health

By Tom Herrin

Most of us tend to be creatures of habit. Whatever we do works for us, so why should we make changes? For the most part, this is sound reasoning. However, if we find things that may make things better, it may serve us well to make some changes. When we have used the same spices all of our lives, we like them, for the most part. Changing our tastes can be challenging, but it may be worthwhile for us to explore new flavors. Some spices may be something that we should look into as there is some evidence that some of them can make a difference in our health.

Do You Use Much Ginger?

Ginger is one of those spices that you may use very seldom. Depending on what we are making, we will use it some. Apparently, it can help with nausea. That is something we may not care about until we have an upset stomach. I hate that feeling, so if it can help with it, I am on board. It also seems to help with inflammation. One study found that taking a small amount on a daily basis showed promise in helping to prevent colon cancer.

Garlic Has a Pretty Good History

For many years people have used garlic to help to prevent or cure illnesses. While we may have believed this was based on unfounded ideas, there is apparently much more to it than that. Some studies have actually shown that garlic may be good for blood pressure. According to one study, it had the same effect as blood pressure medication. It also has been shown to lower cholesterol. The only bad thing for some is the odor, and there are some odorless supplements available for those who want to give it a try but have reservations about the smell.

Cinnamon May Lower Blood Sugar

There is quite a bit of evidence that cinnamon can have a positive effect on blood sugar. It seems to do so in more than one way. It may help to break down carbs as well as improve insulin sensitivity. If you feel that you have trouble with blood sugar, you may want to give it a try. It is available in capsules and powder. The only word of caution is to be careful if you attempt to swallow it. Without something to help moisten it, your mouth may end up feeling dried out to the extent that you are unable to swallow.

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

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