Herbs and spices add flavours to food, and for those with high blood pressure, herbs and spices are much better alternatives than those sodium-loaded condiments (table salt, soy sauce, oyster sauce, MSG).
In addition, some herbs and spices are best known for their immune boosting benefits:
Typically spotted in Indian cuisine, turmeric possesses antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-aging properties attributed to its curcumin content. Study has shown that curcumin is a potent immunomodulatory agent that activates cells of the immune system. While ‘Lakadong’ turmeric is one of the best varieties than contains higher curcumin (6-7%) than the others (<5%).
How to use: Add into your food and beverage like curry, rice, soup, oatmeal, milk, smoothie or make into tea
Cinnamon is a warming spice that consists of sweet, pungent and mild bitter taste. Antioxidants found in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory properties, which fight against infections and repair damaged body tissues.
How to use: Add into baked goods, porridge, oatmeal, smoothie or brew into tea
Ginger is a spicy, pungent spice commonly used in Asian cuisine. Its main bioactive compounds: gingerols and shagaols have anti-inflammatory properties that help treating and soothing sore throats. In addition, ginger tea is one of the best home remedy that helps relieving stuffy nose.
How to use: Use as seasonings for dishes or bakery goods, add into juice, milk or make into tea
4. Black pepper
As one of the most commonly used spices worldwide, black pepper has been deemed the “kind of spices”. Its medicinal properties include: anti-inflammation, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-pyretic and immune-enhancing.
How to use: Add into salad dressings, various savoury dishes (Tip: Black pepper makes a good combination with turmeric as piperine in black pepper enhances curcumin absorption in turmeric)
Cumin is described to have strong, nutty and spicy flavour. Its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties help warding off mild cold and flu. Cumin seeds are also excellent decongestive agent that clear mucus.
How to use: Add into meat dishes, gravies, stews, soups or curry
Simply Natural Herbs & Spices are sourced directly Morarka Foundation Rajasthan, India, who are well known for their organic farming method of seed spices. Morarka have created very large production base for many seed spices. These spices have also traditionally enjoyed both in domestic as well as international markets. Proud to work with them, Simply Natural Herb & Spices are produced from 100% organic ingredients and are absolutely free from artificial additives or preservatives.