Even though I use my herbs and spices for culinary use, I found it comforting to know the benefits that they contain. I was absolutely shocked when I did this research. I have always known about the benefits of the medicinal herbs and spices, but could just the common day to day ones contain healing powers? YES! They can and do.
Two years ago, my husband and I did our usual walk the dog routine (our dogs name is Tucker). We went around the block and Victor was about ten feet behind saying “Stop walking so fast”. In turn, I yelled back “Either get off the couch & doughnuts or go see a doctor”. Next day, the doctor ordered him into the hospital and he was operated on immediately. His heart was twice the size of a normal one! He is now fine.
If you or someone you know has suffered from CHF (congested heart failure) or any type of heart disease I encourage you to use all the herbs and spices you can. Here are just a few helpful reasons why you should besides the fact they taste fabulous.
Herbs and Spices to Prevent Heart Disease
BASIL – Contains nutrients essential for Cardiovascular Health, reduces cholesterol, antioxidant, DNA protection plus anti-bacterial properties.
CAYENNE & TABASCO SAUCE – Cayenne pepper and Tabasco sauce can increase metabolism and fat-burning ability by up to 25% aiding in Cardiovascular Health.
CINNAMON – Can lower blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes preventing Heart Disease. Cinnamon is often used as an antidote for diarrhea and stomach upset.
CURCUMIN – One spice that is reaping much attention is curcumin, which is found in turmeric and curry powder. The components of turmeric and curcumin and related compounds called curcuminoids appear to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, with potential activity against cancer, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic diseases. It appears to be very helpful in the process of inflammation in the diseases of aging, including emphysema, diseases of the Cardiovascular System, Congestive Heart Failure, gastrointestinal issues such as colon cancer and irritants, and Alzheimer’s disease. There’s no question it can work as an antioxidant.
GARLIC – Destroys cancer cells and may disrupt the metabolism of tumor cells. Regular consumption of garlic can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels preventing Heart Disease. It also aids digestion and prevents flatulence.
More herbs and Spices to Prevent Heart Disease…
GINGER – Can decrease motion sickness and nausea; may also relieve pain and swelling associated with arthritis. Ginger speeds metabolic rate, plus it inhibits nausea and vomiting often caused by morning sickness or motion sickness. Ginger is also an antioxidant and reduces pain.
HOT PEPPERS – Red pepper in its various forms is showing promise for enhancing metabolism, for a Healthy Heart, increasing satiety and potentially stimulating fat burning, too.”
OREGANO – An USDA study found that, gram for gram; oregano has the highest antioxidant activity of 27 fresh culinary herbs. One teaspoon has as much antioxidant power as three cups of chopped broccoli.
PAPRIKA – Contains capsaicin, whose anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects may lower the risk of cancer (also found in cayenne and red chili peppers).
PEPPERMINT - Peppermint is used to treat gastric and digestive disorders, as well as tension and insomnia.
ROSEMARY – Stops gene mutations that could lead to cancer and may help prevent damage to the blood vessels that raise heart attack risk. Helps reduce inflammation in the body and inflammation is a trigger for many chronic diseases. Rosemary is also being studied for its role in Heart Health.
THYME – in addition to the antioxidant advantages, research is looking at the role of compounds in thyme in relation to respiratory function.
TURMERIC – Contains curcumin, which can inhibit the growth of cancer cells Turmeric is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and therefore protects against cancer. Researchers are looking into the role of turmeric in brain health and protecting against cognitive decline associated with aging. In addition, curry is a Heart-Healthy condiment.
There’s no doubt that herbs and spices are good for preventing heart disease…and much more. Check out my wide selection of gourmet herb and spice blends at Souper Spices.