Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a powerful antifungal agent. It has antibacterial properties as well with studies showing benefits against molds, stomach bugs and common pneumonias. It is felt that cinnamon increases circulation and is a key ingredient in tiger balm. Another important benefit is related to its antioxidant effects, which we feel are beneficial in treatment and prevention of cancers. There is also data on cinnamon in inhibiting plaque formation in Alzheimer’s disease.

Garlic

Garlic

The “stinking rose” has become a popular spice worldwide. Historically, there are documents from 3500 years ago purporting the benefits of garlic in treating heart disease and cancer. Many studies have been done on garlic in relation to lipid lowering. About half are negative but in the half that showed a benefit, the benefit was seen in people who had high cholesterol.

Rosemary

Rosemary

Rosemary has been around for centuries. There are references to it in the Bible. Early Greeks and Romans used it to decorate at funerals. Smelling rosemary has been found to decrease cortisol (stress hormone), and rosemary is an important spice for its anti-cancer benefits and something we try to use regularly in our diet.

Turmeric

Turmeric

One of the most important benefits of turmeric is in its anti-inflammatory benefit. Turmeric has been shown to decrease inflammation in joints and decreases symptoms of arthritis. Turmeric has considered a powerful anti-oxidant. It has been shown in animal studies to decrease risk of cancers such as breast, colon and prostate.