When the Spice Girls (Posh, Scary, Baby, Sporty and Ginger) got together in 1994, they served up music so popular that they became one of the top-10 best-selling female groups of all time.
But the effect of those five Spices doesn't compare to the healthy power of a blend of rosemary, oregano, cloves, paprika, turmeric, ginger, and black pepper — or to cinnamon and garlic.
A new study in Nutrition Today concludes that cinnamon helps lower cholesterol in people with diabetes, while eating garlic daily is associated with a 30 percent decrease in the risk of heart problems in people 50 and older.
The study also researched the effect of the combination of rosemary, oregano, cloves, paprika, turmeric, ginger, and black pepper on the blood fat triglyceride.
Researchers divided their test subjects into two groups and prepared them identical meals — except that one group got 2 tablespoons of the blend of spices.
The result? The super-spice group amped up antioxidant levels in the blood by 13 percent, and reduced triglyceride levels by up to 30 percent. (Elevated triglyceride levels make your arteries older and can trigger heart attack, stroke, erectile dysfunction, and wrinkle formation, not to mention memory loss.)
So, as the Girls used to say: “Spice up your life!”
Combine cloves, cinnamon, and ginger with a dash of pepper for a tasty dish of chickpeas; put rosemary, garlic, and paprika on skinless roasted chicken; and turmeric, cloves, and ginger taste really great sprinkled into soups or on poached fish or roasted veggies.
You can even add them to a hot cup of mulled wine. Cheers!
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