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Spicing Your Food for Cancer Prevention

You already know that adding spices to your food enhances the flavor, but did you know that adding certain spices can turn your meals into powerhouse, health promoting super foods?

Here are a few spices you definitely want to be incorporating:

Turmeric is one of the most thoroughly researched plants in existence and research shows that the antioxidant curcumin, found in turmeric, can interfere with cancer cell development and growth. Because of this, turmeric has been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies and has been used for thousands of years in Indian Ayurveda medicine to treat inflammation, infection, and digestive issues. It’s a deep yellow/orange spice and has a pungent earthy flavor.

It tastes great when added to rice, lentils, vegetables, eggs, soups, stews and salad dressings. And studies show that combining black pepper with turmeric increases absorption.

Add turmeric to your morning smoothie with a pinch of black pepper and teaspoon of coconut oil!

Cinnamon is an antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and has anti-tumor activity. It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon was found to reduce the growth of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of tropical evergreen trees. It has a warm, sweet flavor, and is often used to flavor baked goods, fruits, and drinks, but is also delicious in stews and sauces. The best cinnamon is Ceylon cinnamon.

Add cinnamon to your morning tea or coffee. And cinnamon reduces the acidic effect of coffee!

Ginger is a cousin of Turmeric so no wonder it’s being studied for its anti-cancer effects, specifically prostate, colon, and ovarian cancer. It is a potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and is effective at calming nausea and digestive problems.

Ginger is a root with an aromatic, pungent, and spicy flavor and is often used in teas, juices, soups, stews, seafood, baked goods, salad dressings, and even skin care products.

Add boiling water to fresh grated ginger, with juice from half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey!

To enjoy the benefits of all three of these spices in a Soothing Elixir: combine 1 cup almond milk, ½ tsp. turmeric, ½ tsp. cinnamon, ¼ tsp. ginger, pinch of black pepper, 1 tsp. maple syrup or stevia to taste.

Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan, bring to boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes, and then drink warm.

 

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