Nick and I have learned a hard lesson about cabinets; do NOT paint them! Yeah, painting cabinets is a labor-intensive job and most cabinets are better off without paint. So, overall our cabinet project wasn’t the biggest success, but I did manage to better organize what was inside our cabinets and drawers after taking everything out and putting everything back in. For example, my spices used to be all over the place, but now I have this nifty little spice rack that pulls out and drops down. They are all placed in alphabetical order (for now) making it easier to find the spice I need.
- Garlic has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-clotting properties.
- Allicin is the active ingredient in garlic that provides the anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties, and it tends to be destroyed by heat.
- While cooking garlic may destroy most of garlic’s beneficial properties, the antioxidant properties are probably not effected by cooking (yeah!). The most notable antioxidants found in garlic are vitamin C and selenium.
- You are supposed to crush garlic before consuming it, and let it sit for about 15 minutes to help release some of garlic’s healthy compounds
- There are sulfur-containing molecules in garlic (such as Allicin) that produce hydrogen sulfide gas, which may help expand blood vessels and thus lower blood pressure.
- Studies suggest that you need about 2-5 grams of garlic per day in order to get any benefits (1 clove is about 1 gram).
- Curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, may inhibit the cell enzymes that contribute to inflammation (inflammation can cause chronic diseases such as cancer and arthritis).
- Studies show that turmeric may aid in the prevention of acne, allergies, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma, cancer, cholesterol problems, inflammatory bowel disease, and type 2 diabetes (to name only a few).
- Try to get 1/2 – 1 teaspoon per day, if you can, and keep it in the fridge to extend shelf-life.
- If you use curry in your cooking you are likely getting some turmeric, but studies suggest it’s not enough. Some curry blends have more turmeric than others. It’s best to stick with plain turmeric, or just add extra turmeric to your curry blends.
Try some of these recipes; Indian-Style Rice with Cashews, Raisins and Turmeric, Pork and Carrot Curry, AllRecipes’ 20 Best Turmeric Recipes, or you could do what I do and add it to simple egg dishes, homemade soups and stews, or cooked vegetables! Also try adding turmeric to;
Some other great medicinal spices include cinnamon, ginger, and coriander, just to name a few! Happy Monday everyone 🙂