The Health Benefits of Holiday Spices and Herbs
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This piney herb perks up roasted chicken and potatoes, but it may also be a boon to your health. Like many other herbs, rosemary may help ease indigestion. The herb also contains two antioxidants — carnosic acid and carnosol — that may help prevent prostate cancer.
Ginger has long been used in Asian medicine to cleanse the body, quell nausea and increase appetite. Current research on the health benefits of ginger has shown that it's effective in treating morning sickness (during pregnancy, be sure to consult with a physician before taking any supplement), menstrual cramps, dizziness and nausea. It also may be moderately effective for treating osteoarthritis pain.
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Small-leaved thyme is a relative of mint. It has many natural chemicals that might help fight infection. It is also thought to help bronchitis and coughs by soothing muscle spasms.
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This earthy, downy herb adds a special flavor to poultry and pasta. Research on sage's benefits is limited, but there could be some advantages. As an extract, sage may help improve learning and memory in people with Alzheimer's disease.