Dr. Geri Williams covers the best spices to use and try for weight loss and health in this health tips video from Ideal You Weight Loss.
The next time you want to add some flavor to your food open up your spice drawer instead of reaching for sugar or salt. Spices not only make food taste better, but many of them have amazing health benefits.
Take cinnamon for instance. Cinnamon is a wonderful addition to healthy desserts and is full of antioxidants. It’s also been shown to fight inflammation and lower blood sugar levels.
Turmeric is a fantastic spice that gives curry its yellow color. Turmeric has been linked to higher brain function and lower risk of brain disease. Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) strengthens your blood vessels and helps prevent heart disease. Add turmeric to your stir fry or hot tea.
If you like your food on the hot side, add some cayenne pepper to your meal. The active ingredient in cayenne is capsaicin. Capsaicin has been shown to increase fat burning and reduce appetite. Sprinkle a dash of cayenne pepper on your fish or vegetables to give it a kick, but remember, a little cayenne goes a long way.
Don’t forget garlic. Garlic is not only delicious, it has a lot of health benefits. Garlic has been shown to help lower blood pressure and boost our immune system. Garlic is one of the most versatile spices and can be used on pretty much any protein.
If you want to lose weight and stay healthy, keep your spice drawer stocked with a wide variety of spices.