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Fighting Salt and Sugar Cravings, With Spicy Food

Fighting Salt and Sugar Cravings, With Spicy Food

(CNN) There’s no magic pill that will cure you of your cravings. But there is something that may help the effort, and it’s all-natural. Research has shown that simply spicing up your diet may help you consume less salt and possibly less sugar, while potentially improving your health even beyond the reduction of salt and sugar. There is more consistent evidence that spicy food helps curb salt cravings than sugar. In a study involving more than 600 people from China…

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4 Spices for Your Brain

4 Spices for Your Brain

Scientists used to think that you were born with all the neurons you’d ever have. If you drank alcohol and killed brain cells, well, good luck. Then in 1998 researchers discovered the birth of new neurons in individuals who were near death. Turns out your brain–no matter how old or young–can generate new neurons. One key to brain growth? Diet. What you eat helps generate healthy neurons with bushels of dendrites (nerve receptors). It also keeps nerve endings firing and…

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6 Health Reasons To Eat Spicy Foods More Often

6 Health Reasons To Eat Spicy Foods More Often

Many people from different cultures and backgrounds worldwide have a special place in their hearts for spicy foods, and it turns out that these foods don’t only taste great, but provide wonderful health benefits as well. Although everyone prefers a different level of spice in their foods, it doesn’t actually matter how much your food burns your tongue, but what type of spice you use in your cooking. Spices can serve as wonderful alternatives to medicines and other conventional healing…

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The Common Spice That Boosts Learning Ability

The Common Spice That Boosts Learning Ability

One cause of low learning ability is an imbalance of proteins in the hippocampus that can be corrected. The common household spice cinnamon could be used to enhance learning ability, a new study reveals. Some people seem to have more difficulties with learning than others. Some lab mice are the same. But when lab mice that were poor learners were fed cinnamon their learning improved, the researchers found. Dr Kalipada Pahan, who led the study, said: “This would be one…

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The Benefits of Paprika

The Benefits of Paprika

Paprika – made by grinding capsicum peppers into a fine powder – adds vibrant red color and a rich, pungent flavor to a variety of meals. At 19 calories per tablespoon, paprika adds only a negligible amount to your daily calorie intake, but it comes packed with nutrients. Just a single 1-tablespoon serving provides ample amounts of several beneficial nutrients, especially carotenoids — a nutrient family that includes vitamin A. Vitamin A and Carotenoids Paprika comes loaded with carotenoids –…

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8 Best Spices to Help You Lose Weight

8 Best Spices to Help You Lose Weight

Life in the 21st century has become sedentary for many people. Modern entertainment, fast food, lack of time, etc. contributes to only about 4 out of every 10 people exercising on a regular basis. As a result, many people find it very hard to lose weight and keep it off. There is some good news though; recent studies have shown that spicy foods can curb appetite and speed up metabolism and thus have a fat burning ability. “How?” you might…

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10 Spices & Condiments To Keep In Your Kitchen

10 Spices & Condiments To Keep In Your Kitchen

by Rocco DiSpirito  January 22, 2016 Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito’s latest book, The Negative Calorie Diet, is all about eating whole foods to fuel your metabolism. In this excerpt he talks spices — and the best ones to incorporate into your diet for maximum benefits. Spices offer a variety of fat-burning and health-promoting benefits. Here are my favorite “negative calorie” condiments and spices: 1. Cayenne pepper Regarded across various cultures as a medicinal food for at least 9,000 years, cayenne…

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5 Holiday Spices That Could Help Boost Health

5 Holiday Spices That Could Help Boost Health

Posted: 12/03/2015    Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.  The holidays are here, and we are all getting ready to head into the kitchen to make that favorite meal. Most of us associate holiday food with overindulgence and sneaking in ingredients that we would not normally eat. Thankfully, some holiday dishes are actually loaded with healthy ingredients. Many of the spices used around the holidays have unknown health benefits and should be enjoyed this holiday season. Use this list of holiday spices in…

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7 Spices Loaded with Serious Flavor—And Incredible Health Benefits

7 Spices Loaded with Serious Flavor—And Incredible Health Benefits

by Michelle Pellizzon for Thrive Market    November 9, 2015  Cayenne pepper really hit its prime in the early aughts. When Giselle Bundchen credited cayenne with helping maintain her slim, Victoria’s Secret-worthy figure, the spice was suddenly stylish. It’s almost too easy—just a pinch of some magic powder and suddenly you’re a fat-burning machine? Well maybe not a machine, but fiery cayenne does seem to have an effect on increasing the metabolism. It’s well documented that turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties…

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4 Herbs Everyone Should Have in their ‘Medicine’ Cabinet

4 Herbs Everyone Should Have in their ‘Medicine’ Cabinet

ELIZABETH RENTER     OCTOBER 28, 2013 There are perhaps hundreds, or at least dozens of medicinal foods and herbs that deserve a place in your kitchen’s herbal medicine cabinet. But for someone who is just getting their feet wet in the world of herbalism and natural healing, collecting numerous herbs can be overwhelming. For that reason, we’ve chosen 4 healing herbs to get you started—herbs that should be the cornerstones of every natural healer’s arsenal. From calming upset stomachs…

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