Using Spices to Boost Your Immune System
Spices do more than just add flavor to your foods, especially once you know exactly how they can benefit your body. As a kid, my father used to give me whole garlic cloves before chopping them into pasta sauce and a variety of other dishes. He would always say that they are great for me and prevent colds and flus. Little did I know that he was right! Garlic contains antioxidants and Allicin, which helps boost the responsiveness of white blood cells. Also, in a garlic study, volunteers who were eating garlic during the study were 63% less likely to get a cold and those who did get a cold or flu lasted 70% shorter than those not on garlic. If that doesn’t say, “Eat more garlic!” than I don’t know what will.
Thyme is another spice that can help boost your immune system.
In fact, the antioxidants that it contains help in shielding your DNA from oxidative damages. Also, the most active ingredient in thyme is thymol (who would’ve guessed), which prevents viral and fungal infections. And it doesn’t end there, thyme’s many antioxidants also fight free radicals throughout your body! So, including thyme into your diet can now be used for more than just a flavor additive, its also a magic healer!
Like the two previous spices, cinnamon contains some really great antioxidants to help our immune system out. Two of the most potent one’s in cinnamon are polyphenols and proanthocyanins which can help prevent degenerative diseases and remove harmful free oxygen radicals from cells. One way that I like to include cinnamon into my diet on a regular basis is to put some in my ground coffee before brewing. If you use K-Cups, you can just sprinkle a little on top of your coffee with your other add-ins or over your whipped cream if you are really feeling special!
There you have it. Spices aren’t just for spiciness and flavor, they are also really, really good for our bodies. Including them into meals can also help fight colds, flus, and other major diseases without us even knowing it. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to Subscribe for more free, entertaining, and knowledgeable information. Thanks for reading!
Kim Shapira MS, RD