Adding spicy foods to your diet not only gives them a distinct taste, but also comes with an array of health benefits. Lowered blood pressure, cancer and heart disease prevention and weight loss are some of the many benefits of fiery dishes. When it comes to food prep, you might not be an expert in the science of adding flavor, but hey, a little dash of something here or there certainly won’t hurt.



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Cinnamon not only lowers blood pressure and cholesterol but also has antioxidant properties. It can easily be added to breakfast foods like oatmeal and Greek yogurt and is the perfect way to enhance your morning. It can also be sprinkled on sweet potato fries or roasted vegetables.



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Garlic is known to aid in fighting the common cold and flu-like symptoms. It boosts the function of the immune system and also has cancer-preventing properties. Sprinkling garlic on your food or even eating grilled garlic cloves is definitely worth the bad breath!


Turmeric has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. This superspice can also lessen symptoms of allergies and arthritis. It will give your sauces, meats and salads an Indian flair.



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Ginger isn’t only for topping off your delicious sushi. Adding ginger to your diet can relieve symptoms of nausea as well as joint pain and swelling. Stir in this spice to your teas, juices, smoothies or even soups to reap its many benefits.



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Oregano has one of the highest antioxidant activities of spices. Commonly sprinkled on pizzas, it provides anticancer, antioxidant, antibiotic and antibacterial properties. The oil and leaves of oregano are used in medicines to treat ailments such as coughs, aches and congestion. This herb can also be used to great effect to season stews, sauces or soups.

More where that came from:

The Dos and Don’t of Eating Spicy Food  

Spice Up Your Life