Eating the right food combined with daily workouts is a great way of making your metabolism run. But did you know that if you add a few spices to your healthy meals you can boost your metabolism? Research has shown that incorporating specific compounds from spices can help increase your calorie-burning and fat-loss potential. These are the few of them that can boost your metabolism:
Ginger is a common ingredient in Asian and Indian cuisine. However, ginger has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries among many cultures. Ginger can actually be found in many places — crystallized in candies, infused in ginger ale, fresh in the produce section, and dried in your spice cabinet. Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain. It is also a great antioxidant. It’ active compound gingerol is the thing that boosts your metabolism. Gingerol is a relative to capsaicin, which is the active ingredient in chili peppers. Ginger consumption enhance thermogenesis – the production of body heat. Increasing consumption of plant foods like ginger decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart desease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.
Cinnamon is a spice that comes from the branches of wild trees that belong to the genus “Cinnamomum” – native to the Caribbean, South America, and Southeast Asia. A staple in most pantries, cinnamon can do more for your body than stimulate your senses when chowing down on baked goods. Modern research indicates that cinnamon may have some beneficial health properties. It can help individuals with type 2 diabetes in reducing glucose, triglycerides, “bad” cholesterol, and total cholesterol, as well as improve blood pressure. It can also be used to help treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea , infections, the common cold, loss of appetite, and erectile dysfunction (ED). Cinnamaldehyde – a chemical found in cinnamon – could help fight against bacterial and fungal infections. And many more benefits from this spice.
Turmeric is a botanical relative to ginger and is often a component of curry powder and a staple in Indian cuisine. Despite its use in cooking for several thousand years, turmeric continues to surprise researchers in terms of its wide-ranging health benefits. The main active component of this spice is Curcumin which is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties that may help combat and/or prevent heart disease, cancer, depression, and age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Use of turmeric in recipes can help retain the beta-carotene in certain foods. Beta-carotene in carrots and pumpkins is better retained when those vegetables are cooked using recipes that include turmeric. The metabolism-boosting and weight-loss effects from consuming curcumin look promising. Many research shows that regular consumption of curcumin may reduce weight gain and total body fat by decreasing levels of insulin and leptin resistance – factors linked with weight gain.
Cayenne pepper is also one of the spices that can boost your metabolism. It’s active compound is capsaicin which causes the burning sensation in your mouth upon consumption. Capsaicin has ability to generate extra body heat and raise the metabolic rate. Cayenne pepper has been used for a variety of ailments including heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, atonic dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia in women, nausea, tonsillitis, scarlet fever and diphtheria. It can increase the metabolism by up to 5 percent and fat oxidation by up to 16 percent, allowing the body to actively burn fat. Scientists at the Laval University in Quebec found that participants who took cayenne pepper for breakfast were found to have less appetite, leading to less caloric intake throughout the day.
Cumin is an herb that many associate with Mexican and Spanish foods, but it is also widely used in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking. Cumin’s flavor makes it a favorite for many, but it’s health benefits are impressive too! It is considered a good source of Iron, Manganese, and other vitamins and minerals. Recent research on overweight women concluded that daily consumption of this spice reduced blood levels of fasting cholesterol, triglycerides, and “bad” cholesterol and increased HDL or “good” cholesterol levels. That is because cumin contains phytosterols – plant compounds known to inhibit absorption of cholesterol in the body.