Spices enrich the taste of our dishes, and they are often the reason we are especially fond of some flavor. However, most of them also offer various health benefits and can help you fight multiple issues and conditions.
For instance, oregano effectively destroys bacteria, and turmeric soothes asthma symptoms and joint pain.
However, you cannot enjoy all the benefits of an herb by only adding a pinch of it to your meals. There are cases when you need to take supplements in order to get the maximum positive properties of it.
Herbal teas are also a good alternative, but in the case of the following six herbs, you should have them in the form of pill sin your kitchen cabinet for you to get their full potential.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Benefits: Research has shown that ginger is extremely effective in the case of morning sickness and post-chemotherapy nausea, and experts have found that it is even better than Dramamine in preventing motion sickness.
Best form and dosage: To treat motion sickness, you can prepare an infusion by adding ¼ to 1 gram of ginger to boiling water; and consume this three times daily.
You can also take 500 mg of the powdered extract half an hour before traveling, and 4h prior to the trip’s end.
Warning: In the case of pregnancy, do not take more than 2 grams of ginger daily. If you suffer from heartburn, take ginger with food.
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Benefits: This herb has been traditionally used for centuries as a brain booster and as an antiseptic in the case of a sore throat.
Also, British researchers have found that people who took Spanish sage oil capsules were consistently better on a word-recall test than those who did not.
Sage contains a compound which inhibits the same enzyme that is the target of drugs for memory loss in the case of Alzheimer’s disease.
Best form and dosage: In the case of Alzheimer’s, or if you are just trying to remain sharp, take 30 drops of the liquid extract 2-3 times daily. In the case of sore throats, drink sage tea or gargle with a much diluted solution of the liquid (10 to 20 drops) dissolved in a cup of warm water.
Warning: There are no risks if taken in normal doses. However, if used in excessive amounts for prolonged time periods, it might lead to seizures.
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Benefits: This miraculous bulb with a pungent taste is excellent for the heart.
According to Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the Austin, Texas-based American Botanical Council, its consumption drastically lowers the plaque in the arteries in patients with atherosclerosis.
He maintains: “Garlic slightly lowers LDL, or bad cholesterol, and raises HDL, the good type. It also lowers blood pressure and reduces the potential for a stroke, because less plaque means there’s less possibility that pieces will break off from the artery walls and lodge in the brain or heart.”
Best form and dosage: To support the health of the arteries, take 200 to 300 milligrams of standardized garlic powder three times every day.
Warning: You should not take garlic in the form of supplements if you are regularly using aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin), as it might thin the blood.
James Snow, chair of the herbal division of the botanical healing program at the Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland, advises “For the same reason, stop taking garlic one to two weeks before surgery.”