Your Medicine Pantry

Did you know that you have the makings of a medicine cabinet, right inside your pantry? It’s true!

Lately there have been quite a few articles circulating about spices that have been found beneficial for our bodies. Wouldn’t it be great if some of the things we eat could help us out by resulting in fewer trips to the local pharmacy? Give these a try:

1. Turmeric – This article lists some ways that turmeric can be helpful to health. Specifically, it’s believed to have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.

2. Cinnamon – Cinnamon has been shown to lower blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes (read more about this here). Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory qualities, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon contains 78 milligrams of calcium. Read about other vitamins and minerals found in cinnamon here.

3. Cayenne – Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper and chili peppers, is a potent anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, and analgesic. You’ll notice that on the label of many pain-relieving topical creams, capsaicin is the main ingredient. Capsaicin works by blocking the pain-signaling chemicals in the skin from traveling to the brain. Click here to learn more about Capsaicin.

This is just a sampling of natural medicines that are easy to find and use. Try some out this week in your favorite dishes!

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