Here's five that will give you and your food a little lift...
Ginger can settle an upset stomach
Sipping ginger tea can alleviate feelings of nausea and stop you from throwing up by blocking serotonin receptors in the gut. It's also thought to reduce the inflammation that causes painful pulled muscles after exercise. It's pretty tasty in a stir-fry too!
Garlic can strengthen your immune system
This Italian cooking staple contains Allicin, which is thought to boost white blood cells and block enzymes that lead to viral infections.
Corriander can fight bacteria
This leafy herb, commonly used in Indian and South-East Asian cooking, is a powerful bacteria fighter. The oil from coriander seeds destroys the membranes of bacteria cells meaning they can't go on to multiply and spread.
Saffron can reduce tiredness and mood swings
Research in 2008 showed that 76% of women who took a saffron supplement noticed a 50% drop in PMS symptoms. It's also thought to reduce feelings of depression. Put a few pinches of saffron into a jar of olive oil to let the flavour infuse and then use as normal.
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant
This cancer fighting spice contains curcumin, an antioxidant and protein-blocker that could prevent the growth of some head and neck cancers. It's also thought to reduce inflammation and act against the discomfort of arthritis.
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