Aug 26, 2013

Top 9 Antioxidant Spices For Dry Eye


Cloves are dried flower buds and originate in Indonesia. It has one of the highest levels of antioxidants and is often used as a spice, particularly in Indian food. Cloves is actually one of the few spices that can compete with fruits and berries when it comes to antioxidant levels for standard serving sizes of meals.

Ginger or ginger root is consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. Ginger is said to help with reducing inflammation. It can be used in cooking but also added to flavor to water, tea etc.

Cinnamon is derived from the bark of a tree with origins from Sri Lanka. Today, the trees can be found in most of South East Asia. There are different types of cinnamon; true cinnamon should be preferred, rather than cinnamon cassia which can be found in some grocery stores. Cinnamon has a high antioxidant level and is also believed to help with the stabilization of blood sugar levels and the management of diabetes.

Oregano is a common species of Origanum, a genus of the mint family. It is native to warm-temperate western and southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. Oregano is said to help fight infections.

Turmeric is part of the ginger family and comes from South Asia. The spice turmeric comes from a root like structure called rhizomes, which are ground to make the spice. Turmeric is believed to help protect the liver from toxins and reduce cholesterol levels.

Parsley is native to the central Mediterranean region, naturalized elsewhere in Europe, and widely cultivated as an herb, a spice and a vegetable.

Basil, originally from India, is common in Italian cuisine, and also plays a major role in the Northeast Asian cuisine of Taiwan and the Southeast Asian cuisines of Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Depending on the species and cultivar, the leaves may taste somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell. Basil is considered beneficial in protecting against free radicals and suppressing inflammation.

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There are several kinds of mustard seeds and the can be colored from yellowish white to black. Mustard seeds are thought to be beneficial with helping everything from allergies to arthritis.

Cumin seeds are the spice of the cumin plant and are used in many dishes. Most typically, curry dishes.

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