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Spices and Herbs: Their Health Benefits Everyday herbs and spices may do more than enhance the flavor of food. 

Maximize the Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices 

Research about the therapeutic effects of herbs and spices is enticing, but how does it translate to what you eat every day? 

 

Quite easily, as a matter of fact. It turns out that relatively small amounts of dried and fresh herbs and spices may have health benefits. 

For example, Heber says it’s reasonable to expect benefits from 1.5 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Spread it throughout the day to make it most palatable.

 

“Use herbs and spices at their peak to get the most out of them,” Geagan says. “The active compounds in herbs and spices degrade with time.” 

Capitalize on the potency of dried herbs and spices by purchasing brands with “Best By” dates on them, and storing them in airtight containers away from heat, moisture, and direct sunlight.
Using fresh herbs or spices? Double the amount to get the same levels of active substances in their dried counterparts, Heber says.
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