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Healing Spices

Healing Spices

It may be winter, but herbs can grow in flowerpots indoors year-round. Fresh herbs not only look and smell great, but their medicinal benefits can help build your body’s defenses against many viruses and diseases.

“Fresh cilantro contains high levels of antioxidants which acts as a digestive aid and helps prevent urinary tract infections,” says Syeda Farid, RD, a dietitian at Swedish Covenant Hospital and Galter LifeCenter.

Although we can’t grow cinnamon in a flower pot, it’s readily available and one of Farid’s go-to spices. “Cinnamon is delicious in taste and naturally reduces the desire for sweets,” she adds. “It’s a good alternative to sugar in a recipe, and it also improves digestion and may lower blood pressure. Regular use of a small amount of cinnamon helps lower glucose levels and, thus, assists with better diabetes control.” —Megy Karydes

Originally published in the Winter/Spring 2015 print edition

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