Health Benefits of 4 Great Spices - Clean Eating Magazine

Visit Your Spice Rack

Kick up the flavor and function of your food with these great spices.

Spices do more than flavor your food. Research shows they can benefit your health.


Boost your weight loss. Scientists from the Agricultural Research Service found that a component in the Indian spice may stall the spread of fat tissue by inhibiting blood vessel growth in fatty tissue.

Add it to: eggs, rice, curries, paellas, stews, chicken


Three grams a day of this pale brown powder may help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, cinnamon aids in balancing your blood sugar levels and decreasing insulin demands.

Add it to: coffee, oatmeal, low-fat plain yogurt, baked goods

Cayenne Pepper 

Curb your cravings with this fiery pepper. A recent study showed that capsaicin (the compound that adds heat and pungency to peppers) can help suppress hunger and sustain satiety, especially when combined with green tea. If sipping a cup of hot tea with your peppered meal seems counter-intuitive, try a chilled brew instead.

Add it to: chili, dips, eggs, potatoes, pizza, sauces, soups


Use it to pep up your peepers. Italian scientists say that the exotic spice may help protect ocular cells from damage and death, therefore also helping to reduce the risk of certain eye diseases and vision loss.

Add it to: soups, salads, sauces, stews, eggs, couscous, dips