Surprising Superfoods

Sep 3, 2018

Spices are known to be some of the original superfoods. They’ve been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda for centuries as potent healers and have a myriad of studies to show for it. However, not all spices are alike. Make sure you use high-quality, organic spices to receive the most benefits. Some healthful and inexpensive spices to always have on hand are


Cinnamon has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice. It’s highly effective in stabilizing blood sugar levels and improves insulin sensitivity. Cinnamon also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and helps relive pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. Not to mention it’s one of the top fat-burning spices. Cinnamon is also rich in manganese, which is great for metabolizing fat and carbohydrates. Try sprinkling some cinnamon in your coffee, oatmeal or roasted veggies!

Black Pepper

Black pepper may seem objectively basic- and is typically found it every household, diner, or café, but contains surprising health benefits. The core compound responsible for its classic flavor is piperine. In the wellness space, black pepper is most known for making turmeric more bioavailable. Piperine increases not only the bioavailability of turmeric but also other phytochemicals (the good stuff in fruits and veggies). What does this mean exactly? Freshly ground pepper helps you absorb even more nutrients from any produce you’re already consuming. It’s also known to help enhance digestion.


By now, I’m sure everyone is aware of turmeric’s powerful benefits. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The active ingredient is curcumin, and has incredible anti-inflammatory benefits. Turmeric also improves liver function, lowers homocysteine and can help prevent heart disease. If you’re not a fan of the taste (it can be a bit overwhelming to some) you can try sprinkling it in a dish you’re making. A small amount in smoothies, stir-fries, pasta sauces and salads can make it undetectable. Just make sure to add in some ground black pepper and some sort of fat (avocado, avocado oil, olive oil, or coconut oil/ coconut milk) for maximum absorption!


Cardamom, a commonly used spice in Scandinavia, is very versatile and unique. It’s sweet and savory, perfect for a myriad of recipes- like warm oatmeal, or mixed into nut butter. This spice is a powerful inflammation fighter and helps stabilize blood sugar (much like cinnamon). Also, a little fun fact- the essential oil of cardamom is one of the few spices that have high amounts of iron and manganese in it. Not to mention it’s a great digestive aid and antiseptic. Try crushing a cardamom pod and steep it in hot water for about 5-10 minutes to make a tea. It’ll be sure to satisfy any after dinner sugar craving.