The use of herbs and spices for medicinal purposes has been around since our hunter/gatherer days. It’s no secret that they contain health benefits for both men and women. Modern science is just beginning to scratch the surface of the healing powers that lie waiting in some our favorite herbs and spices. While the benefits of these herbs support a healthy body for all, there are several that boost men’s health specifically.
Helps your body fight: cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and high blood pressure
Easiest way to eat: roasted whole with other vegetables, pickled, and sautéed
2. Hot Peppers
Helps your body fight: pain, inflammation, poor circulation, prostate cancer, and ulcers
Easiest way to eat: roasted on the grill
Helps your body fight: upset stomachs and nausea, gas and bloating, sore throats, and can ease common cold symptoms
Easiest way to eat: steeped in tea, grated fresh over fish, sauces, and Asian cuisine
Helps you body fight: inflammation, high triglycerides and fat
Easiest way to eat: fresh grated into your morning coffee or protein shake
Helps your body fight: brittle bone and teeth
Easiest way to eat: roast with sweet potatoes and carrots
Helps your body fight: Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and certain cancers
Easiest way to eat: Indian dishes, chili, mustard
Helps your body fight: cough, fever, and cold symptoms
Easiest way to eat: add fresh leaves (whole or chopped) to pasta, salads, and pizzas
Helps your body fight: aging skin
Easiest way to eat: whole leaves with fresh tomato slices drizzled with a dash of balsamic vinegar, salads, and pasta
Helps your body fight: memory loss, sore throat, upset stomach and nausea
Easiest way to eat: steeped in tea, serve roasted with on pork, pairs well with potatoes
Helps your body fight: bad mood
Easiest way to eat: steeped in tea or added to rice
Eat these herbs and spices as fresh as you can get them. The power is in the plant oil in the leaves and skin. Dried powders are good don’t have quite the same potency. Food is the most effective way to get those “good for you” nutrients into your body. Let your body do the work from there. It’s also an easy way to add flavor without adding extra salt, fat, or calories.
We’re finally seeing science catch up to what our ancestors knew all along. As more tests and studies are being performed on our favorite everyday herbs and spices, not only can we feel and see the benefits, we can know and understand them as well.