Health food is too often considered to be pretty bland fare. The good news is that there are many herbs and spices that not only make your food taste great but are also great for your health. Here are just a few that are easy to work into any number of home meals.
A common ingredient in many Mexican dishes like salsa and tacos, cilantro is a great source of vitamin K and Vitamin K aids the blood in clotting and improves bone strength. Try tossing this leafy herb in with salad greens or adding it to an omelet.
Recent studies have found that cinnamon may reduce cholesterol levels and can help those suffering from diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels. Surprisingly, cinnamon is also an excellent source of fiber and can help alleviate a sweet tooth. Try topping your morning oatmeal or latte with a little cinnamon.
Cumin is typically found in many Indian dishes but it works well with nearly any vegetable or poultry dish. Cumin, like cinnamon, has been found to reduce blood sugar levels and contains compounds that fight germs. It also contains calcium, iron and magnesium and may reduce the risk of stomach ulcers.
Fennel has been known to aid in digestion and reduce gas and bloating as well as sooth a case of heartburn. With its anise like flavor, it is excellent roasted or grilled.
Ginger has long been used to treat upset stomachs as well as pregnancy related stomach issues. Excellent as a tea or added to baked goods, this root has also been known to have painkilling properties as well and may ease arthritis and joint pain symptoms.
Like ginger, mint is an effective herb for treating upset stomachs, especially irritable bowel syndrome. Mint is most often consumed in teas but is also a great addition to an evening salad.