Examples of the best known spices.  Cinnamon for diabetes.  Garlic for high cholesterol.  Ginger for nausea. Cayenne for pain relief.

Cinnamon: a small dose  has been proven to lower and help regulate blood sugar – critical for those trying to prevent or manage type 2 diabetes.  Cinnamon can also lower high blood pressure.

Garlic:  This potent spice…a rich source of many healing compounds – is proven to lower cholesterol, reducing the risk for heart disease. Also eating garlic regularly may help reduce the risk for colorectal cancer.

Ginger: Dozens of studies have proven ginger’s usefulness in easing nausea and vomiting due to everything from chemotherapy to motion sickness to morning sickness. Also, inhibits the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes that play a role in the production of inflammation  causing compounds in the body.  It works the same way as pain-relieving drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin.

Cayenne: is a powder made from dried, red chili peppers, it’s very hot when used to spice food.  But the natural intensity of cayenne and its active ingredient capsaicin affect more than the taste buds. It’s the only natural compound that when applied topically-can degrade substance P, a neurotransmitter that tells the brain to transmit pain signals.  With less substance P, there is less pain. That is why capsaicin is a common ingredient in many creams, ointments for pain problems..  

Cayenne can also help to lose weight.  Capsaicin and other compounds in cayenne  work because they have several effects that help shed pounds, they suppress appetite and increase calorie-burning”basal metabolic rate” and burn up “oxidize” body fat.

Check your spice rack, mixing the right spices in your foods may help make your life more enjoyable with less health issues.