Food To Lift Your Mood Pt 6 – Spices

by Trace on July 5, 2010

From an interview with Julie Wood RN, GDHSc(NM), GDHSc(OH), Dip Aroma  IAAMA JulieTraceWeb766 Nutrition Medicine Practitioner based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia for my book How To Overcome Stress Naturally (Chapter 5).

Don’t Forget the Spices – to lift your mood

  • Black Pepper Either purchase a peppermill and fill it with black peppercorns, white peppercorns or red peppercorns, or a mixture.  Freshly ground pepper adds zest to BlackPepperTreeany dish, especially lean steaks and roasts. Pepper is one of the world’s healthiest spices because it is known for its positive effect on the digestive tract. It also has antibacterial and antioxidant benefits. Pepper also provides Vitamin A, Calcium, Copper, Vitamin K, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium and Potassium.
  • Cayenne Pepper is derived from hot chili peppers. Cayenne pepper is great at fighting inflammation. Cayenne pepper is rich in Vitamin A, and also provides Iron, Manganese, CayennePepperNiacin, Niacin, Magnesium and Potassium, Riboflavin, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6, making it one of the world’s healthiest spices.
  • Chili Pepper Dried chili pepper powder adds heat and spice to chili, hot wings, and ChilliRedHotethnic foods. Similar to cayenne pepper ground chili pepper provides anti-inflammatory benefits, as it contains capsaicin. Dried chili pepper is one of the world’s healthiest spices because it is also a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, Iron and dietary fibre.
  • Cinnamon If you cringe when you think of cinnamon, because the ground cinnamon you’ve tasted is bitter, try using Chinese Cinnamon. Chinese Cinnamon is sweeter, and Cinnamonhas no bitter flavour. For a healthy snack, or fruit dip, combine equal parts non-fat vanilla or plain yogurt with unsweetened applesauce. Add cinnamon, and you have a healthy and nutritious snack.

Ground Cinnamon is not only very low in cholesterol, and in sodium, it is low in saturated fat. Cinnamon also boosts your vitamin intake with its Vitamin C , Iron, Manganese, and Vitamin K. In addition to exuding and incredible aroma when cooked, cinnamon has health-promoting properties, making it one of the world’s healthiest spices. Cinnamon promotes anti-clotting, can control blood sugar and improves digestive health. Ideal to add to your black coffee instead of sugar , 1/8th teaspoon a day is all you need.

Read more naturally healthy tips in my book

How To Overcome Stress Naturally by Tracey Stranger (BAppSci (Microbiology), GradDipMkt)

Foreword by His Holiness The Dalai Lamastressbook

Chapter 5 – Change Your Food to Change Your Mood interview with Julie Wood

Next week … More Spices to Lift your Mood

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