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14 herbs and spices with awesome health benefits

Posted by Joe Wicks in Recipes, Wellbeing

Herbs and spices are great for livening up a meal, but did you know that they also have some really amazing health benefits?

I love experimenting with different flavours and herbs and spices can make even a simple meal taste nawwwty. Investing in a decent variety of herbs and spices will not only give you massive versatility in the kitchen, but it’s also like having a natural pharmacy right in your cupboard. For example, some spices have anti-inflammatory properties, while others can help with good digestion or help reduce post-workout soreness.

Here’s a quick run down on some of my favourite herbs and spices with some of their health benefits: 

Turmeric: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant 

Cumin: natural painkiller, iron, vitamin C, combats insomnia 

Coriander: aids digestion, lowers blood sugar levels, antibiotic, good for cholesterol 

Cayenne: stimulates circulation, aids digestion, boosts metabolism

Ginger: lowers workout soreness, reduces inflammation, boosts attention and memory 

Nutmeg: anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds 

Cloves: helps rid digestive tract of unwanted bacteria 

Black pepper: contains piperine which helps burn fat and helps body use nutrients more effectively (freshly ground is the best) 

Cinnamon: Aids digestion, balances blood sugar levels, antioxidant, improves circulation 

Mustard seeds: boosts metabolic rate 

Curry leaf: aids digestion, aids weight loss, protects liver 

Oregano: anti-inflammatory, improves bone density, good for skin, antioxidant 

Rosemary: boosts memory, concentration, relieves stress, antioxidant, antimicrobial  

Thyme: antibacterial, antimicrobial, reduce blood pressure



Anti-inflammatory: Fights inflammation in the body, including joints and muscles 

Antioxidant: Protects the body from free radicals, which can derive from burning sugars for energy

Antibiotic: Helps destroy and slow down bacteria production in the body 

Antibacterial: Helps combat bacterial growth  

Antimicrobial: Helps fight against microorganisms like bacteria, virus and fungus




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About Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks is the online nutrition coach inspiring people all over the world to cook with his #Leanin15 video meals on Instagram. He is also transforming the lives of thousands of people with his tailored online nutrition plan, The 90 Day Shift, Shape & Sustain plan.

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