Did you know that cutting garlic open releases a myriad of nutrients vital for the immune system?
Including iron, calcium, zinc, selenium, beta-carotene, Vitamin C and 17 amino acids!
Garlic, ginger and pepper. Most of us have probably heard about some spices that are particularly effective for improving immunity. Like with herbs, spices have been used for centuries to treat a range of ailments.
Nicknamed the King of Culinary Spices, Ginger has been utilized for over 5000 years. Iranian traditional medicine used ginger as a tonic for the digestive system and liver, to reduce inflammation in the respiratory system, and ease bloating and phlegm build-up.
Black Cumin is a traditional Asian remedy to treat diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, infections, and digestive tract complaints.
Turmeric was once prized as the golden spice dating back 4000 years. It was traditionally used in Ayurveda and other traditional Indian medical systems for the digestive system, skin issues, respiratory diseases, and inflammatory conditions.
In 1500BC, the Egyptians and early Greeks used horseradish as a treatment for lower back pain and an aphrodisiac. The exportation spread across Europe where it was used as an expectorant and treatment of scurvy.
One cannot go past the humble garlic for immunity. The use of garlic is dated back to the first recorded history, where its purpose was discovered in Egyptian pyramids and Ancient Greek temples to maintain overall good health. And perhaps the Romans realized the full impact of what garlic was truly capable of. They believed that if a man chewed garlic during a foot race, no one would pass him… well, they might want to avoid them at all costs! They even believed it gave them courage before a battle.
Supposedly originated from Ancient Egypt, Mustard seed was used for practically everything – including in the treatment of bubonic plague.
And finally, cultivated in Peru 4000 years ago, cayenne pepper was a medicine for cramping, gas, stomach aches, and disorders of the circulatory system.
Let’s take a look at how these spices can heat up our Immune System today!
There you have. These 7 spices stand the test of time for good overall health. Their widespread benefits not only specifically target the immune system, by keeping the rest of the body up to the task it indirectly ensures our immunity stays strong too! Why not try a Ginger and Tofu stir-fry, or to heat up the immune system during winter, try my Hot Lemon, Honey and Cayenne Pepper Tonic!