Fountain Of Youth? Not Quite, But These 10 Spices Can Help You Live Longer

By Elise Phillips Margulis | 24 June 2021 1982 views
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Here’s How These 10 Spices & Herbs Can Help You Live Longer & Age Slower

Fountain Of Youth? Not Quite, But These 10 Spices Can Help You Live Longer

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You know that eating fruits, veggies, and grains is great for your health… but did you know that sprinkling certain spices and herbs in your food can add antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and other healthy substances that contribute to your wellness? And some even help you lose weight! 

In most cases, all you have to do is dust your meal with a bit of flavor and you’ll get tons of health benefits, look great, and potentially lose a few pounds!

That’s right! Spices and herbs are powerful additions to your diet that can reverse age and increase your lifespan. What an easy and delicious way to up your nutrients!

Let’s take a look at some spices and herbs you should incorporate in your diet as often as you can!

Fountain Of Youth? Not Quite, But These 10 Spices Can Help You Live Longer

1) Turmeric

Turmeric contains curcumin… which is a compound that promotes blood circulation and reduces inflammation. This, in turn, helps to decrease your risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

Curcumin even helps to protect the skin from UV ray damage!

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Turmeric also works as a mood stabilizer, which is helpful for weight loss. When we’re feeling happy, we’re less likely to turn to food for comfort. Amazingly, studies have shown that turmeric is as effective as many prescription antidepressants!

Indian, Chinese, Thai, and Indonesian foods are often flavored with turmeric. 

You can add a dash of turmeric to scrambled eggs, a frittata, or a tofu scramble. Turmeric is also tasty with collards, kale, and cabbage. Mix it into roasted vegetables… whip up Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric, and Cumin… or slip some turmeric into soups, rice, or pilafs. 

You can also drink your turmeric in smoothies and teas. It’s easy to enhance the flavor of those foods while also benefiting from turmeric.

Click here for additional easy ways to add turmeric to your diet. 

2) Ashwagandha

Say “ashwagandha” 10 times fast!

Ashwagandha is Indian ginseng. It’s full of antioxidants that protect skin cells from damage and oxidative stress… caused by too much exposure to UV rays and pollution. It’s also an anti-inflammatory. 

As if that isn’t impressive enough, ashwagandha helps your skin cells regenerate as well… and shedding dead skin cells makes you look younger!

Plus, ashwagandha helps in weight loss because it regulates cortisol… which helps your body handle stress. When you’re stressed, you may binge on food.

And there are more reasons to consume ashwagandha… because it’s good for thyroid health, helps in nervous system healing, boosts energy, strengthens the immune system after illness, reduces stress and anxiety/depression, and helps learning and memory.

Sounds like something we should all be using!

Ashwagandha isn’t known for its taste so much as its therapeutic powers… because it is rather bitter. It is available in supplement form, which may be a good choice if you aren’t a fan of its bitter taste.

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You can also make an ashwagandha turmeric milk… mix some ashwagandha into a banana smoothie… combine it with ghee (a highly clarified Indian butter)… or  this appears to be the most delicious way to go mix ashwagandha with cocoa and a few other ingredients for a chocolate drink. 

Here are some tasty recipes that mask its taste if you want to reap its benefits by ingesting it in a beverage.

Fountain Of Youth? Not Quite, But These 10 Spices Can Help You Live Longer

3) Cinnamon

Cinnamon is delicious and helps increase the production of collagen. It prevents the breakdown of collagen as well. As you age, you want to preserve and boost collagen production to maintain your skin’s elasticity. 

Cinnamon also regulates blood sugar, which helps prevent wrinkles and aids in weight loss. It takes a good deal of energy to process cinnamon, and the fiber makes you feel full.

Cinnamon assists in digestive health, too. One more reason to love cinnamon is that it is has anti-inflammatory properties… so it relieves joint pain.

Cinnamon is found in the most delightful foods! Baked goods, cereals, cereal bars, puddings, candy, chewing gum, and ice cream. Cinnamon is also used in more savory cuisine like soups, sauces, Chinese five spice, and garam masala.

Here are 15 healthy and yummy cinnamon recipes.

4) Ginseng

Ginseng is a popular Chinese medicine herb that helps hydrate your skin and produces collagen. Also, its phytochemicals protect your skin from free radicals… which are bad for metabolism and oxidative stress.

Ginseng will boost your energy and improve your immune function. One study also showed that ginseng aids weight loss, but more research needs to be done on this topic.

You won’t find ginseng naturally occurring in foods, but it’s often added to beverages and food… most famously in tea. Many people take ginseng supplements as well.

Here are some recipes you can make that feature healthy ginseng.

Fountain Of Youth? Not Quite, But These 10 Spices Can Help You Live Longer

5) Ginger

Ginger is another super spice you should be consuming. It contains antioxidants… holds anti-inflammatory properties… helps decrease bad cholesterol… and fights the effects of aging by stopping the production of free radicals. Ginger offers relief from pain and nausea as well.

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Ginger can also help you feel full and balances blood sugar, so it can help with weight loss. Who knew ginger could do all that?!

Here are some fun ginger recipes

6) Sage

Sage is renowned for aromatherapy… and people have been known to ignite some sage, blow out the fire, and “smudge” a house with it to cleanse and create good vibes.

Sage can also help you age gracefully because of its flavonoids. These are plant metabolites in fruits and vegetables that are healthy because they have antioxidants.

Sage specifically works on age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. Put sage on your grocery list!

Because sage helps reduce anxiety… decreases blood sugar levels… and reduces blood pressure… it can help in weight loss as well. It also helps control cortisol, the stress hormone. 

Sage adds wonderful flavor in many recipes. Here are some you can try at home.

Fried chicken… pumpkin sage lasagna… butternut squash and sage pierogi… squash fritters and fried sage… and more are all great options to try. Sage is delicious and easy to incorporate into many meals.

Fountain Of Youth? Not Quite, But These 10 Spices Can Help You Live Longer

7) Basil

Basil protects against oxidative stress, which can decrease collagen levels. Basil may help stave off wrinkles by hydrating your skin.

Another plus is that basil is good for your heart because it decreases cortisol.

Like sage, basil is an ingredient that enhances the flavor of many dishes. You can use it in pies… spinach lasagna… a tomato toss… vegetable strata… etc.

These basil recipes will have you drooling! It’s quite easy and tasty to get your fill of basil and enjoy all of its health benefits.

8) Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a spice found in curry and is popular in North African, India, and Middle Eastern cuisine.

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Curry powder may help lessen cravings and reduce appetite. It also lowers blood sugar by increasing insulin and slowing down the absorption of sugar in your stomach. Fenugreek seeds lower cholesterol and can help you control or prevent diabetes as well.

You can add a dash of fenugreek to plain yogurt to create a delicious vegetable dip. Here are some easy, scrumptious, and healthy curry recipes.

Fountain Of Youth? Not Quite, But These 10 Spices Can Help You Live Longer

9) Garlic

Garlic is a familiar, less exotic spice that we consume often and may even take for granted. Even if you eat garlic often, you might not be aware of all of its health benefits. 

Besides reducing blood pressure… decreasing your chances of heart disease… and lessening inflammation… garlic was also shown in one study to help rats lose weight.

Fresh garlic is optimal. Experts say to crush the garlic clove and let it sit for 10 minutes. This allows it to release enzymes and keep the beneficial compounds in it.

So go ahead and devour lots of garlicky foods, because they are great for you!

10) Rosemary

Rosemary is also a weight loss spice. It contains carnosic acid, which decreases the formation of fat cells!

Rosemary, like other spices, is multi-talented… in that it helps when you have digestive issues and decreases blood sugar by helping muscle absorb glucose. 

You can purchase rosemary oil and cook with it. Try some of these recipes to enjoy the flavor and health benefits of rosemary.

All 10 of these spices and herbs are very healthy and add lovely flavor to meals. 

Happy cooking with and eating these spices and herbs that will keep you looking young and feeling great!

 

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It’s not a spice, per se…

It’s actually a lot tastier: cheese!

A recent study found that a certain variety of aged cheddar is associated with increased metabolism, fat burn, and weight loss.

Yes, you read that right. Cheese.

Cheese is one of the surprising foods that is actually extremely good for you, in small doses.

And it’s often easier to add to your meals than the spices above.

The key is to choose the RIGHT cheese (not all cheeses are created equal some will pack on the pounds, while others only seem fattening, but are actually metabolism-boosting)… 

And to eat them in the right quantities. (Sorry, but you usually can’t eat a whole 6-lb wheel of cheese in one sitting and expect to lose weight.)

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