Spices – beyond the colour, flavour and aroma lies the deep secret of adding more years to our life. Used by humans since 50,000BC, spices are known for their healing and disease fighting properties. They not only excite our taste buds but are jam packed with phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals.
In worldwide studies, spices have been linked to prevention and treatment many health conditions. From your gut to your heart and every other part of your body will benefit from them.
NutraSpice offers you the right combinations of spices for different health concerns. We have blended the best of the most potent spices, some of them you may never have used, to give optimum health benefits with maximum taste.
Turmeric is a bright yellow spice often used in Asian cooking. It contains the active ingredient curcumin, which is an antioxidant that demonstrates anti-inflammatory properties in conditions such as arthritis, muscle sprains and other injuries. In addition, turmeric may prevent and slow cancer growth, protect against liver disease and help reduce symptoms of digestive conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. While simply adding any NutraSpice blend to your daily cooking will increase consumption of turmeric and enhance flavor, there are other methods to boost intake and encourage possible inflammation reduction.
While the use of turmeric in cooking is common in the kitchen, a hot beverage is another way to enjoy the spice and treat potential inflammation. To make a pot of turmeric tea, simply boil 4 cups of water and add one teaspoon of ground turmeric. Simmer for 10 minutes before straining into a cup. Add lemon or honey to taste. Adding ginger provides an additional natural anti-inflammatory.
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Another method for addressing inflammation with turmeric involves a topical application. Turmeric powder mixed with ingredients such as warm water, warm milk or sesame oil creates a paste that, when applied to the skin, helps to reduce inflammation and swelling. In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric paste is often used to cleanse wounds, reduce inflammation and promote healing.
When cold weather strikes a chilling blow, it makes sense to consume healthy, warming, concentrated foods. Use more of the warming culinary herbs to spice up your food to promote a healthy, warming glow throughout the body.
Culinary herbs that help us feel warmer and improve circulation include:
Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a warm and healing spice. It has antiseptic, and antioxidant properties.
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), is an expectorant, thus helping to open the respiratory passages.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) helps dry dampness in the body and warms people that are always cold and suffering from poor circulation. Cinnamon is antiseptic and an excellent digestive tonic.
Garlic (Allium sativum) helps one be more resistant to infection. Garlic is a potent vasodilator and improves circulation by helping to prevent the blood from clumping together.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a natural antioxidant and antiseptic. It improves circulation to all parts of the body.
Immune Boost and Breathe Easy are perfect blends to use this winter. They are warm, nourishing and healing. Use a tablespoon every day in soups, casseroles, broths, stir fry’s or as a marinade.
They will support your immune and respiratory system through the cold months.
Try this delicious winter treat.
1 kg pitted dates
400 gms roasted mixed nuts, coarsely ground
2 tablespoons Coconut oil
1 to 2 tablespoons of Immune Boost or Breathe Easy.
Mix the dates, coconut oil and the spice blend in a microwavable container.
Cook in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes until the dates are soft.
Mash the dates, add the nuts and mix well.
Roll into ball once the mixture is cool enough to touch.