Like sage, rosemary may help improve cognitive function. A recent study found that people were more mentally alert and performed better on memory tests when rosemary oil was sprayed around their study cubicles. Rosemary might even make meats healthier. In a Kansas State University study, researchers reported that rosemary extract added to ground beef helped to prevent the formation of heterocyclic amines (HCAs)—cancer-causing compounds created when meats are cooked. Traditionally, rosemary has been used to alleviate muscle pain, boost immune and circulatory systems, and promote hair growth.
Ah, one of our favorite spices, especially since it goes well with just about anything sweet. But did you know that cinnamon also has positive implications for your health? It can lower blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Plus, cinnamon assists the body in fighting infections and repairing damaged tissue. Just don't overdo it. Too much cinnamon can lead to liver dysfunction.
A shot of cayenne to your food does more than spice it up. Not only does cayenne boost your metabolism by burning excess fat, it acts an as anti-irritant, to ease stomach upset, ulcers, sore throats and more. Cayenne has a plethora of health benefits, from fighting colds and the flu to preventing fungal pathogens to helping relieve allergies. It can even help to prevent migraine headaches by stimulating a pain response in a different area of the body.
This bright yellow powder has powerful health benefits, as evidenced by its centuries-long use within Chinese and Indian medicinal systems. The anti-inflammatory properties present in turmeric can be used to treat: jaundice, menstrual difficulties, urinary problems, hemorrhaging, toothache, bruises, chest pain, colic and more.
As its name denotes, this herb may, in fact, promote wisdom. In a study, college students who took sage in capsule form performed significantly better on memory tests and experienced improvement in mood. In another study of patients suffering with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, participants given sage extract demonstrated an improvement in cognitive function and decreased agitation (in comparison to the same study's placebo group.) Sage is also known to soothe sore throats.