Let’s talk about something you can find in a jar that can go a long way to slowing down the aging process.
No, I’m not talking about skin creams.
I’m talking about spices.
That’s right, spices.
New research is showing that herbs and spices contain antioxidants, minerals and lots of vitamins. All of these help slow down aging.
There are other benefits to eating more spices. They help increase your metabolism, so if you’re trying to lose weight or just keep the pounds off, adding spices to your diet will help. Some spices, like red pepper, make you feel full longer, so you’ll be less likely to sabotage your weight goals by snacking.
And don’t forget. If you add more spices, you can cut down on the salt.
Studies are showing that spices actually can help fight certain diseases. Cinnamon, for example, has been widely studied and shown to improve blood sugar levels in diabetics. It also improved cholesterol levels at the same time.
Ginger has long been recognized as helping digestion.
Basil has anti-inflammatory effects, and helps keep the skin young.
New studies are showing that turmeric has certain cancer-fighting effects and it also stimulates the immune system.
Cumin and sage have been shown to have some abilities to combat dementia.
Rosemary and coriander have been shown to have some anti-depressive properties.
Some studies show that thyme help you heal from infection faster.
Science is continually discovering more anti-aging benefits of spices.
Turmeric, especially, is getting a lot of attention these days. Take a look at these three studies from the National Institutes of Health:
Potential Therapeutic Effects of Curcumin, the Anti-Inflammatory Agent Against Neurodegenerative, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Metabolic, Autoimmune and Neoplastic Diseases.
In other words, that study has found that cucumin, the active agent in turmeric, can help against heart and lung diseases. It also offers some protection against certain forms of cancer and diseases like Alzheimer’s and other diseases.
Plant-derived Health: the effects of turmeric and curcuminoids
Or this one:
Dietary Tumeric Potentially Reduces the Risk of Cancer
Keep in mind the National Institutes of Health aren’t the only ones doing this kind of research.
The point is, spices can do a lot more for you than make your food taste good.
So what are you waiting for? Take a look at the little jars of spices you have (or get some) and start adding them to your food.
It’s a simple thing to do, but it can do a lot to help you slow down the aging process.
And if you’re wondering about other ways to get more curcumin, the compound in turmeric that provides all the benefits, here’s one easy way.