Spices Can Protect Your Immune System

Spices that protect your immune system

Spice contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can protect and support your immune system.

SPICE CUISINE

Nutrition and resilient health go hand in hand. And there are simple ways you can boost your ability to stay as strong as you can.

Spices are nutrient boosting must-haves in your kitchen that can protect your cells from damage and add deliciousness to your food and drinks.

You can easily add spice to flavour any dish you make – curries, soup, marinades, sauces, stir-fries, baked goods, smoothies, stewed fruit, desserts, puddings, slow-cooking and steamed dishes. Spice can also boost your favourite herbal teas, hot chocolate, chai, and golden turmeric drinks.

The health benefits of spice are as spectacular as the flavours they can add to your cooking. Here are a few of our favourites for protecting your immune system.

ANISE SEED

SPICE ACTION antibacterial • antifungal • antiviral • anti-inflammatory • antioxidant • antiparasitic • antioxidant • expectorant • carminative • diuretic • muscle relaxant • analgesic • anticonvulsant.

TRADITIONAL USE bacteria, fungal and virus prevention • loosen phlegm lungs and throat • management of common cold, asthma, bronchitis, influenza, pneumonia, and sinusitis • ease chronic cough • sore throat • inflammation • diabetes, cholesterol and weight management • brain, metabolic, oral, heart, respiratory and gut health • nausea, indigestion, stomach pain • immune support • fight infections • fatigue • migraine, candida • muscle relaxant • gastric ulcer • nausea • menopause symptoms • menstrual pain • indigestion • bloating • flatulence.

CARDAMOM

SPICE ACTION antacid • anti-inflammatory • antioxidant • antimicrobial • antiseptic • calmative • analgesic • antispasmodic • sedative • expectorant • anti-ageing.

TRADITIONAL USE gastrointestinal protection • digestion • upset stomach • hyperacidity • cholesterol, blood sugar and weight management • gut, heart, liver, oral and circulation health • urinary tract infections • diuretic • bad breath • gum disease • respiratory conditions and sore throat • nausea and vomiting • cold and cough • insomnia • depression.

CINNAMON

SPICE ACTION antibacterial, antifungal • antiseptic • antiparasitic • anti-inflammatory • antioxidant • analgesic • anodyne • diaphoretic • haemostatic • carminative • nootropic.

TRADITIONAL USE bacterial, fungal and virus infections • coughs, colds, bronchitis, flu • autoimmune support • candida • sore throat • brain, colon, heart, and dental health • diabetes, cholesterol and weight management • digestion • upset stomach • abdominal pain • gastric disorders • arthritis • urinary tract infections • pain relief • menstrual pain • wound healing.

CLOVES

SPICE ACTION analgesic • antimicrobial • antiparasitic • antiseptic • antibacterial • antiviral • antihistamine • analgesic • anti-inflammatory • antibacterial • expectorant • antioxidant • hepatoprotective • anti- carcinogenic.

TRADITIONAL USE bacterial and virus infections • inflammation • boost immune system • coughs • sore throat • expel mucous • liver protection • digestion • indigestion • dyspepsia • upset stomach • diarrhoea • nausea • flatulence • urinary tract infections • diabetes management • breath freshener • toothache • gingivitis • periodontitis • clear sinus • arthritic pain • altitude sickness • tension, anxiety, and depression • headaches.

GINGER

SPICE ACTION anti-nausea • anti-inflammatory • antibacterial • antiviral • antifungal • antiseptic • carminative • warming • detoxifying • anti-emetic • antioxidant.

TRADITIONAL USE common cold, chills, flu, fevers, coughs • pain • arthritis • candida • migraines • high blood pressure • digestion • travel/motion sickness • menstrual cramps • allergies • eczema • nausea and vomiting • digestion, bloating, flatulence, stomach pain • gut, liver, brain, joint, ovarian, colon and heart health • irritable bowel • dyspepsia • arthritis • headaches • toothache.

NUTMEG

SPICE ACTION anti-inflammatory • antioxidant • antimicrobial • antiseptic • anti-depressant • cellular protective • anti-nausea • antispasmodic • carminative • digestive stimulant.

TRADITIONAL USE immune system and liver-protective • digestive aid • indigestion • nausea • flatulence and cramps • inflammation and pain relief • skin, circulation, and heart health • cognition and memory • sleep aid • liver and kidneys detox • bloating • bad breath • dental and gum disease • constipation • diarrhoea • diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure and weight management • depression and anxiety.

PIMENTO

SPICE ACTION antibacterial • antiviral • antiseptic • hypotensive • anti-neuralgic • analgesic • carminative • antioxidant • anti-inflammatory • cytoprotective.

TRADITIONAL USE colds, flu, fever • respiratory congestion • chest infections • toothache • bacterial infections • dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps) • dyspepsia (upset stomach) • joint pain • muscle ache • arthritis • gout • prostate, digestive system, nervous system, and heart health • indigestion • flatulence • stomach-ache • gastric ulcers • colic • vomiting • diarrhoea • diabetes management • headache • stress • fatigue • nervous exhaustion.

STAR ANISE

SPICE ACTION antiviral • antibacterial • antifungal • antimicrobial • anti-inflammatory • antioxidant.

TRADITIONAL USE common cold, viruses, flu • respiratory congestion • bacterial and fungal infections • digestion • digestive ailments • immune system, brain, skin, and bone health • stomach pain • constipation • indigestion • diabetes management • sleep aid • muscle, joint and arthritic pain • menopause symptoms • stress and anxiety • heart, blood pressure and circulation health.

SPICE RECIPES

The joy of the internet is the many recipes you can find online. Google different spices and have fun discovering healthy cuisine from around the world.

And if you’d like to learn more about cooking with spice, have a look at The Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg.

Check out our healthy gut oat bran porridge recipe Healthy Gut Oat Bran Porridge too.

Enjoy the journey!