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Turn Up The Spice

*Turn Up The Spice*

You may only need to add a pinch of seasoning to every meal to enjoy better health. Common dietary spices are linked to many healthy benefits, including reduced pain and lowering the risk of cancer. In addition to tasting great, these ingredients can give your body a boost, so turn up the heat, and add some spice to your diet! Here is a brief list of common spices and their known benefits.

Chili Peppers

Chili peppers have an ingredient called capsacin, which is the source of the spice within them. Capsacin relieves pain, increases heart health, stops ulcers and fights prostate cancer. The hotter the pepper, the higher its capsacin content is. Habanero or Scotch bonnet peppers are the spiciest options, but jalapenos, cherry peppers and Spanish pimentos offer a mild alternative.


Many people love cinnamon, so having another reason to eat it may come as a welcome surprise. Cinnamon helps your body manage blood sugar, lower cholesterol and keep arteries clean. Look for ways to include cinnamon in common foods. It is delicious in coffee, hot cocoa, oatmeal and sprinkled on top of carrots.


Nutmeg is a small package with several big benefits. It’s used for prevention and healing of many known conditions. Medically, nutmeg has strong antibacterial properties.  Like cloves, nutmeg contains eugenol, a compound that may benefit the heart. Myristicin found in nutmeg has been shown to inhibit an enzyme in the brain that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease and is used to improve memory. Drops of nutmeg oil can also be mixed with honey to treat nausea, gastroenteritis, chronic diarrhoea and indigestion. Caution: Nutmeg should be used in moderation—a pinch or two is considered safe. However, large doses can trigger an acute psychiatric disorder.


Tumeric is related to ginger, and both of these spices can reduce inflammation from arthritis. They are also said to reduce the risk of some cancers. Tumeric is best absorbed with pepper, so sprinkle them together for maximum effect. Use tumeric to flavor curries and other spicy ethnic dishes.


Whether you love or hate garlic, its health benefits are indisputable. Garlic is anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral. It also has the capacity to stop blood clots from forming. If you prefer not to season your dishes with this versatile herb, you may find it in pill form.


Thyme’s strong flavor goes well with roasts and robust stews. Thyme contains natural oils that are antiseptic and antibacterial. These are such strong agents that they can even kill MRSA infections, which are resistant to many antibiotics. Thyme and other herbs are easy to grow at home, so save money by planting your own seeds.


Oregano contains a pair of antibacterial agents that fight infection, called thymol and carvacol. Additionally, oregano packs four times as many healthy antioxidants than blueberries. This classic Italian herb is a fantastic seasoning with amazing benefits, whether used fresh or dried.


Do not let this mild-flavored herb fool you! Parsley has been connected to health benefits from the time of the Romans. Its benefits include helping to prevent plaque buildup in the arteries, pass kidney stones and slow the progression of deafness. Never again make the mistake of leaving parsley on your plate. Pick up that garnish and eat it!

North Adams Chiropractor | Turn Up The Spice. Dr. Francine Lajoie is a North Adams Chiropractor.