Food to Lift Your Mood Pt 7 – More Spices

by Trace on July 13, 2010

From an interview with Julie Wood RN, GDHSc(NM), GDHSc(OH), Dip Aroma  IAAMA 766 Nutrition Medicine Practitioner based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia for my book How To Overcome Stress Naturally (Chapter 5).

More Spices to Lift your Mood

  • Cloves are one of those spices that an unseasoned cook may not use much. For ham ClovesDriedeaters, the little unopened flower bud twigs are a familiar site. Cloves can also be used in Swedish meatballs, with dishes using beans, and in delicious desserts like Molasses Cookies, Pumpkin Pie, Gingerbread and Ginger Snaps.

One of the world’s healthiest spices, clove, adds Beta Cryptoxanthin, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium Vitamin A and Vitamin C to your food. Cloves can be used to treat digestive tract cancers. Cloves also offer anesthetic and anti-bacterial qualities and are used in oral care products, as well as in substances used by dentists.

  • Ginger Because ginger is a root, it is considered a spice and not an herb. Ginger can be added to chicken, beef or vegetable dishes, as well as desserts like Gingerbread.
    Ginger, like most spices, is in cholesterol, low in saturated fat, and low in sodium. Ginger gingeris one of the world’s healthiest spices and provides Copper, Manganese, Magnesium, Potassium, and Vitamin C. Ginger, even when used in Ginger Ale, is known for its positive effects on an upset stomach, or medically, on gastrointestinal distress. Ginger is a great way to quell motion sickness. It also has some anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Mustard Seeds refers to actual mustard seeds, or ground mustard, not that bright yellow concoction in the familiar pull-top bottle. Mustard adds depth to any chicken MustardSeedsdish, or cold potato salad. Mustard can also be used with a vinaigrette to make a delicious cold or warm dressing.

Mustard seeds are one of the world’s healthiest spices because they are a good sources of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and protein, as well as Lutein and Zeaxanthin. They also boast omega 3 fatty acids. Mustard seeds are also a great source of selenium. Selenium is considered to have cancer-prevention qualities, anti-inflammatory qualities, and can even lessen the severity of asthma.

  • Tumeric A popular ingredient in curry powder, tumeric is part of the Ginger family, Tumericanother one of the world’s healthiest spices. Tumeric is tasty when cooked with lentils and other vegetarian dishes. Tumeric is low in cholesterol and low in sodium. The yellow tumeric also provides dietary fibre, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and Potassium. Tumeric is considered one of the world’s healthiest spices because of its anti-inflammatory qualities, it aids in digestion and it can help heal wounds.

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 Lama

Tracey Book Launch

Tracey Book Launch

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

Next week …  Peppermint Chia Balls & Aromatherapy to Lift your Mood

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