Herbs and spices have the ability to transform any food into a delicious dish and surprisingly, at the same time add some unexpected health benefits.

Who knew that adding a little spice can protect you against cancer, diabetes and even heart disease; a few herbs can remove the need for excess salt and lowers your sodium intake?
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits:

Rosemary –
This herb contains antioxidants and compounds with anti-inflammatory properties. It also provides iron for respiratory health, calcium for bone strength and fiber for digestive health. Rosemary has been shown to suppress allergic responses and nasal congestion. It contains substances that are useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation and improving digestion.

Anise –
Anise is a sweet and aromatic seed. You can use it to calm an upset stomach, suppress a cough and runny nose, increase appetite and even act as a diuretic.

Ginger –
Ginger root was traditionally used to relieve colds and settle stomachs. It has also been known to fight some cancers, reduce arthritis pain, help reduce muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infection and bronchitis.

Tumeric –
A distant relative of ginger, this spice helps reduce inflammation and ease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Sage –
This herb improves brain function and memory. It is commonly used for gastrointestinal health and has been known to treat depression. Women can use it to treat menstrual pain and reduce hot flashes during menopause. You can apply sage to heal cold sores or to gums to treat gingivitis.

Cinnamon –
This popular spice helps lower blood sugar levels and has a powerful anti-diabetic effect. Cinnamon has a potent antioxidant activity that helps fight inflammation and lowers cholesterol.