Article 2 on Herbs


This golden spice has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of health conditions. Many of its health benefits have been attributed to turmeric's active component curcumin, which has been shown to fight inflammation. It has been studied for its potential to help fight cancer, type 2 diabetes and more. Enjoy turmeric in grain dishes, sauces, curries or even beverages like golden milk or smoothies.

Black Pepper

Black pepper contains a compound called piperline that has been shown to have powerful antioxidant properties. Additionally, black pepper stimulates digestive enzymes, enhancing the absorption of nutrients. Adding it to turmeric tea, for example, will help you absorb the curcumin more efficiently. Black pepper has also been found to have anti-tumor and anti-mutagenic properties. Grind it up and use liberally in any dish to which you want to add heat and depth.


Ginger, a cousin to turmeric, has also been widely used for centuries to treat digestive ailments. This versatile, warming spice has been shown to have various components with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may play a role in managing and preventing disease. Enjoy it in sweet and savory dishes alike.


Traditionally, cinnamon has been used as a remedy for many ailments, and research has shown it may also help manage blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Use it in sweet dishes like baked goods or sprinkle it over oatmeal or plain yogurt or add it into a beverage. It also works beautifully in savory dishes like chili and curry.

Cayenne Pepper

Capsaicin, the compound that gives cayenne and other peppers their burn, is also what's behind this spice's healing properties. For example, it's been shown to fight inflammation, suppress appetite and (slightly) boost metabolic rate. Add it as a garnish to healthy snacks like hummus with veggies or popcorn, or to add heat to sauces, soups, stews and chili. For a sweet and spicy treat, it's delicious with homemade hot cocoa.


Sercarz loves paprika, which comes from the Capsicum genus of peppers. It's noted for its antioxidant activity and is nutritious to boot: a teaspoon of paprika provides almost 40 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, and it also contains a modest amount of iron to help you reach the recommended daily level. Paprika works well as a garnish or as an ingredient in a complex dish or marinade.


Rosemary, a relative to mint, is a fragrant, versatile herb that can be used in its fresh or dried form. Rosemary extract contains antibacterial and antioxidant rosmarinic acid as well as polyphenols that have been associated with numerous health benefits like improved digestion, stable blood pressure and even cancer-inhibiting effects.


Oregano provides vitamins A, C, E and K, along with folate, vitamin B6, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium as well as some fiber. It has also been studied for its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Oregano and oregano oil have also been associated with cancer-fighting qualities. Enjoy it in marinades or added to sauces, dressings and soups.


Sercarz loves cumin for its "savory, salty element." It also contains numerous flavanols and phenols. Cumin has been researched for its potential use as a treatment for conditions like cancer and diabetes. Use it to add flavor to vegetable dishes, meat, stews, marinades and moreā€”the possibilities are endless.

Fennel Seeds

A tablespoon of dried fennel seeds provides 2 grams of fiber, 7% of your daily calcium needs and 19% of your daily manganese needs. Certain compounds in fennel and fennel seeds like anethole have been shown to have anticancer properties. They are also sometimes recommended to breastfeeding women to help boost milk production.

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