5 Herbs and Spices to Protect Your Health


When Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sailed across the world in search of the Fountain of Youth, he turned up empty handed.

While there’s no magical source of water that will keep you young forever, there are herbs and spices that are good for your health. Add these 5 herbs and spices to your diet:

1. Gingko Biloba

It’s a common ingredient available in pill or supplement form. But it’s also an ingredient found in many herbal teas.

Research suggests that gingko biloba may help prevent age-related memory loss like Alzheimer’s and dementia, and plaque-build up that can negatively impact brain function.

2. Aloe Vera

You might be most familiar with aloe vera for it’s topical use to soothe sunburns and skin irritations. But it’s also an herbal supplement you can add to your diet.

Research suggests aloe vera may help improve digestion, and bowel movements. The easiest way to add it to your diet is in liquid form. Add a capful of aloe vera to water or juice daily.

3. Turmeric

Did you know high levels of inflammation can increase your risk for chronic disease, including certain types of cancer?

Adding herbs and spices high in antioxidants to your diet can make a difference. Turmeric is packed with antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and help your body eliminate waste and toxins.

The easiest and most effective way to add turmeric to your diet: Mix it with pepper and season your food with it.

4. Ginger

Did you know ginger has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal treatment for colds, digestive problems, arthritis, headaches, and high blood pressure?

Ginger helps your body absorb nutrients from the foods you eat. You can take it in pill or supplement form. But you can also add ginger to tea, stir-fry, or a fruit smoothie.

5. Garlic

It’s probably the common herb on this list. Chances are pretty good you’ve enjoyed garlic in a variety of dishes. And it’s good for you.

Research suggests garlic may help prevent colds and pneumonia. The chemical compounds found in garlic may also help control cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.

Add garlic to stir fry. Season fish and meats with garlic. Add some garlic to soup, or try Spinach Mushroom Lasagna with Garlic Green Beans.

We hope now you know more about herbs and spices for good health. Hungry for more healthy meals you can make in minutes? Check out the complete Senior-Friendly menu.