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Which are the most used herbs in cooking ?


Herbs are any plants that are used for food, for flavouring, in medicine, or as fragrances (many herbs have savoury or aromatic properties).

In cooking herbs and spices are usually different:
HERBS usually means the leafy green or flowering parts of a plant (and they are encountered in cooking either fresh or dried), while SPICES are the product of other parts of the plant and are generally used as a dried product. Seeds are used as spices as are bark, roots and fruits, such as berries.

Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, and in some cases, spiritual. General usage of the term "herb" differs between culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. In medicinal or spiritual use any of the parts of the plant might be considered "herbs", including leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, root bark, inner bark (and cambium), resin and pericarp.

Their use to flavour food is well known, but many don't realise that they can also work as an anti-oxidant and that many herbs have properties that will help in weight reduction.  Too many would be dieters assume that any 'weight reduction' diet must consist solely of things like chicken or fish.  They are missing out on some of the best and tastiest ingredients that can promote the loss of weight.

Among the best was to improve the taste of food without adding any extra calories are herbs and spices. They also do so without adding sugars, or sodium, which can help ADD weight.

Many herbs and spices actually BOOST your metabolism, making your body burn off fat much more quickly.  Among the hundreds of herbs and spices that can help you lose weight, these are the most efficacious or easiest to find.

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DANDELION
Thought of by most people as simply a garden weed, it does have a lot of useful properties and has been drunk as an infusion (Dandelion Tea was once very popular).  The roots as well s the leaves are used, even the bright yellow flowers are much cherished and can be used. Dandelion is now becoming common once again in kitchens as it is rich in several vitamins, including A, C and E  and very high in minerals such as iron and potassium.
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BLACK PEPPER
As well as the expected 'warming' properties, black pepper seeds have an ingredient that helps prevent the growth of new fat cells. It can be added to almost every food, but is especially good sprinkled in soups and even sweet foods such as yoghurt, oatmeal as well as over salads!


CARDOMAN
Cardoman is another thermo-genic spices that is often found in Indian cuisine.  It tastes great when mixed with cinnamon, ginger or cloves  in a curry or  a chai tea.  This citrusy spice can be addded to confectionery, coffee and meats such as lamb.

CAYENNE
One of the most warming spices, Cayenne helps you boost your metabolism by increasing the body's heat and burn up calories.  Just adding some cayenne to a meal can help you burn up to a hundred calories. Its excellent in soups, over eggs, for adding to dressings and dips for extra taste.

CINNAMON
This spice helps keep sugars in balance and is said to stop those cravings that often lead foodies to break away from their diet. Often encountered sprinkled on oatmeal, it can also be mixed into cottage cheese, yoghurt or hot bevarages. Cinnamon also tastes great in rubs or marinades used on meats.

CUMIN
By adding cumin to only one meal, this valuable herb could help triple the amount of fat you burn.  It can be found almost everywhere and can be used to add extra flavour to almost every food. Soups, dressings, stews, even on all kinds of breads will all benefit from a  sprinkle.


DANDELION
Thought of by most people as simply a garden weed, it does have a lot of useful properties and has been drunk as an infusiuon (Dandelion Tea was once very popular).  The roots as well s the leaves are used, even the bright rellow flowers are much cherished and can be used. Dandelion is now becoming common once again in kitchens as it is rich in several vitamins, including A, C and E  and very high in minerals such as iron and potassium.

GARLIC
Although garlic can cause problems by lingering on the breath, it has been proven that consumption of even small traces of it in food will help your body burn off fat.  It makes food much tastier, especially if its used raw - though this applies with all herbs and spices.

GINGER
Ginger is another spice that helps regulate blood sugars. It's ideal to help knock out those blips or spikes you find in glucose levels after you have eaten a meal rich in sugar or carbs. It has the same body warming (thermo-genic) qualities that cayenne and turmeric have. Try adding grated ginger into meals such as stir-fries, oven-baked fish or into tea. You will discover some interesting new tastes and it should do you a lot of good too!

TURMERIC
A bright yellow spice that has been around for thousands of years, turmeric is a warming spice that actually increases body heat and so increases your metabolism. It is also thought to be helpful at many other things, such as fighting Alzheimer's disease. You can add it to heated foods such as soups, stews, roasted vegetables or nuts.

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1. Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties

2. Turmeric dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body

3. Turmeric Can Help Prevent (And Perhaps Even Treat) Cancer.  (Curcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps even treat cancer.).


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Turmeric is used by the natural health community to alleviate joint pain and assist in digestion.* The black pepper in this blend is necessary to achieve the full potential of Turmeric Curcumin. When searching for a Turmeric supplement, if it doesn't contain black pepper in the blend, it isn't reaching its full potential.


BLACK PEPPER
As well as the expected 'warming' properties, black pepper seeds have an ingredient that helps prevent the growth of new fat cells. It can be added to almost every food, but is especially good sprinkled in soups and even sweet foods such as yoghurt, oatmeal as well as over salads!


CARDOMAN
Cardoman is another thermo-genic spices that is often found in Indian cuisine.  It tastes great when mixed with cinnamon, ginger or cloves  in a curry or a chai tea. This citrusy spice can be added to confectionery, coffee and meats such as lamb.

CAYENNE
One of the most warming spices, Cayenne helps you boost your metabolism by increasing the body's heat and burn up calories.  Just adding some cayenne to a meal can help you burn up to a hundred calories. Its excellent in soups, over eggs, for adding to dressings and dips for extra taste.

CINNAMON
This spice helps keep sugars in balance and is said to stop those cravings that often lead foodies to break away from their diet. Often encountered sprinkled on oatmeal, it can also be mixed into cottage cheese, yoghurt or hot bevarages. Cinnamon also tastes great in rubs or marinades used on meats.

CUMIN
By adding cumin to only one meal, this valuable herb could help triple the amount of fat you burn.  It can be found almost everywhere and can be used to add extra flavour to almost every food. Soups, dressings, stews, even on all kinds of breads will all benefit from a  sprinkle.


GARLIC
Although garlic can cause problems by lingering on the breath, it has been proven that consumption of even small traces of it in food will help your body burn off fat.  It makes food much tastier, especially if its used raw - though this applies with all herbs and spices.

GINGER
Ginger is another spice that helps regulate blood sugars. It's ideal to help knock out those blips or spikes you find in glucose levels after you have eaten a meal rich in sugar or carbs. It has the same body warming (thermo-genic) qualities that cayenne and turmeric have. Try adding grated ginger into meals such as stir-fries, oven-baked fish or into tea. You will discover some interesting new tastes and it should do you a lot of good too!

TURMERIC
A bright yellow spice that has been around for thousands of years, turmeric is a warming spice that actually increases body heat and so increases your metabolism. It is also thought to be helpful at many other things, such as fighting Alzheimer's disease. You can add it to heated foods such as soups, stews, roasted vegetables or nuts.

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Cancer
A study in 2009 in Ireland found that curcumin killed off oesophageal cancer cells in the laboratory. The researchers found that curcumin started to destroy the cancer cells within 24 hours and the cells also began to digest themselves.

Liver damage
Researchers in Austria and the US in 2010 suggested that curcumin may help in the fight against liver damage. It seems to delay the onset of cirrhosis. They say their work builds on previous research which has indicated that it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which may be helpful in combating disease.

Diabetes
A small study in Thailand about five years ago found it may help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. In tyhe study, whjich was only on a small scale, the results suggested  that over a nine
month period,  a daily dose of a supplement containing curcumin, seemed to prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes among some people who were otherwise deemed to be 'at risk'. 

Alzheimer's & Dementia
There have been many studies into curcumin's effects on both dementia and Alzheimer's disease. An Indian study about ten years ago suggested that curcumin could perhaps help block the formation of the beta-amyloid plaques.  These are the ones that slow down brain function when a patient is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. 
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Black cumin seed oil has a long history of use as a natural health and beauty remedy. For thousands of years, across cultures it has been used to support the immune system, beautify skin, add shine to hair and maintain healthy weight. It contains essential fatty acids, unique volatile compounds, phytosterols and vitamins that are beneficial for total body health.

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Turmeric is the root stalk of a plant found in the tropics that is a part of the ginger family. It is also now extensively cultivated in the UK for medicinal purposes.

One of the main components of the plant is a substance called curcumin which has lots of potentially healing properties.

You can buy fresh turmeric from many vitamin and specialist nutitional dealers, or buy the fresh curcumin from many Asian supermarkets. It's widely available in a dried powder form in supermarkets. The spice is used in lots of Asian dishes, mustards and pickles.

Turmeric has been used for many thousands of years in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine treating a variety of ailments, such as heartburn, diarrhoea, stomach bloating, colds, fibromyalgia and depression. Followers of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine also sometimes apply turmeric to the skin for ringworm and infected wounds as it's said to have anti-bacterial properties.

In more recent years there have been some studies carried out on the effects of curcumin. However, there is little reliable evidence to support the use of turmeric for health conditions because too few clinical trials have been carried out so far.