These spices make you slimmer, smarter, happier

These Spices Make You Slimmer, Smarter, Happier
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These spices make you slimmer, smarter, happier
This spice packs fiber—each nutty-tasting teaspoon of the seed has a gram. Study participants who took a fenugreek supplement in the a.m. ate less at lunch. Sprinkle it generously onto chicken before roasting.
Yes, it can help regulate blood sugar, but it also provides manganese, a mineral that helps maintain bone density; 1 tablespoon provides nearly a day's worth. Spread it out: Shake it into coffee and onto apples and oatmeal.
A lab study shows cumin's anti-inflammatory properties may improve memory and lower stress. Blend it with hummus or toss it with pumpkin seeds before roasting.
A compound in ground cloves, eugenol, may soothe your stomach, says Michelle Dudash, R.D. Try a pinch in applesauce or tea.
Blend this spice into your postworkout shake. It contains gingerol, a natural anti-inflammatory that research finds may reduce next-day muscle pain. Bonus: It may even ease period cramps.
Research shows that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent in turmeric called curcumin can help reduce depression. Stir it into rice and couscous.
Its metabolism-boosting properties (and heat) come from the capsaicin in the chiles. Plus, a study found women who added 2 tsp of the spice to their food took in fewer cals and fat in later meals. Stir into guac and pasta.
Raid your spice rack and start using these. Science finds mixing them into meals adds a health boost.

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