We never really thought much about the nutritional value of spices. They are just there to liven up the main event, right? If you weren’t aware (and we sure weren’t), spices are pretty dang healthy for you. After stumbling across this article this evening, we thought you might be interested! We are quoting directly from this article from  The Times of India.

Chili powder: It relieves painful joints. Research shows that capsaicin, found in chili peppers, has an anti-inflammatory effect, which may help ease arthritic swelling and pain.

Cinnamon: Protects against type 2 diabetes and heart disease. A study has discovered that about half a teaspoon lowered blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.

Garlic: Improves your heart’s health. Garlic consumption can lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels by an average of 10 percent.

Cloves: Clove oil is a well known treatment for toothache, and its antiseptic properties make it an excellent mouthwash. The main ingredient in the oil is eugenol, which is anti-inflammatory and can help ease the stiffness and pain associated with arthritis. It is a warming spice, which can help reduce congestion and stimulate digestion.

Ginger: Ginger contains antioxidants and can help protect against diseases. It calms down spasms and reduces flatulence in the digestive system. It is also an excellent treatment for nausea associated with travel sickness, pregnancy and hangovers.”

So tonight, go extra heavy on the spices and rest assured that you’re doing your body good. Have a recipe that uses a lot of spices? Comment below with a link!