Top 10 Herbs and Spices for Men’s Health

Top 10 Herbs and Spices for Men’s HealthThe use of herbs and spices for men's health and medicinal purposes has been around since our hunter/gatherer days. It’s no secret that they contain health benefits for both men and women. Modern science is just beginning to scratch the surface of the healing powers that lie waiting in some our favorite herbs and spices. While the benefits of these herbs support a healthy body for all, there are several that boost men’s health specifically.

Top 10 Herbs and Spices for Men’s Health

1. Garlic

garlicHelps your body fight: cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and high blood pressure

Easiest way to eat: roasted whole with other vegetables, pickled, and sautéed

2. Hot Peppers

Cayenne PepperHelps your body fight: pain, inflammation, poor circulation, prostate cancer, and ulcers

Easiest way to eat: roasted on the grill or diced, added to stir-fry or curry.

3. Ginger

GingerHelps your body fight: upset stomachs and nausea, gas and bloating, sore throats, and can ease common cold symptoms

Easiest way to eat: steeped in tea, grated fresh over fish, sauces, and Asian cuisine

4. Cinnamon

cinnamonHelps you body fight: inflammation, high triglycerides and fat

Easiest way to eat: fresh grated into your morning coffee or protein shake

5. Fennel

spices for men’s health - FennelHelps your body fight: brittle bones and teeth

Easiest way to eat: roast with sweet potatoes and carrots

6. Tumeric

spices for men’s health - TumericHelps your body fight: Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and certain cancers

Easiest way to eat: Indian dishes, chili, mustard

7. Oregano

spices for men’s health - OreganoHelps your body fight: cough, fever, and cold symptoms

Easiest way to eat: add fresh leaves (whole or chopped) to pasta, salads, and pizzas

8. Basil

spices for men’s health - basilHelps your body fight: aging skin

Easiest way to eat: whole leaves with fresh tomato slices drizzled with a dash of balsamic vinegar, salads, and pasta

9. Sage

spices for men’s health - SageHelps your body fight: memory loss, sore throat, upset stomach and nausea

Easiest way to eat: steeped in tea, serve roasted with on pork, pairs well with potatoes

10. Saffron

spices for men’s health - saffronHelps your body fight: a bad mood Easiest way to eat: steeped in tea or added to rice Eat these herbs and spices for men’s health as fresh as much as you can get them. The power is in the plant oil in the leaves, seeds and skin. Dried powders are good but don’t have quite the same potency. Food is the most effective way to get those “good for you” nutrients into your body. Let your body do the work from there. It’s also an easy way to add flavor without adding extra salt, oil, fat, butter or calories.

We’re finally seeing science catch up to what our ancestors knew all along. As more tests and studies are being performed on our favorite everyday herbs and spices, not only can we feel and see the benefits, we can know and understand them as well.

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