Guess the health benefits of these herbs and spices

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Sure herbs and spices taste wonderful, but do you know what benefits they provide to your body?

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Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has what property:

Curcumin has been used in medicine for thousands of years. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, "Studies show that turmeric may help fight infections and some cancers, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems."

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Spearmint can be used to treat:

A cup or two of spearmint tea helps calm an upset stomach. Peppermint also can be used to deal with indigestion.

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Ginger is a great remedy for:

Ginger has many helpful health benefits from reducing nausea to stimulating circulation. According to How Stuff Works, "Dosages of approximately 3 or 4 grams of ginger powder daily appear most effective for long-standing arthritis."

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Capsicum, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, helps to:

Circulation isn't the only thing capsicum can help with. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, it can also be used for pain relief, psoriasis and even weight loss.

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Sage can be used to treat:

Sage has many health benefits but one of the more surprising might be its help with memory loss. Research published in the journal Pharmacological Biochemical Behavior in 2003 shows sage enhances memory. Something herbalists have known for a long time, reports Worlds Healthiest Foods.

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Fennel can be used to combat:

Fennel has long been used to treat digestive problems including indigestion, bloating and heartburn.

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Thyme can be used to treat:

In a 2004 study published in the journal Food Microbiology, researchers found thyme essential oil was able to decontaminate lettuce inoculated with Shigella bacteria, an infectious organism that triggers diarrhea and may cause an intestinal disease called Shigellosis. Adding thyme to your foods can help combat unwanted bacteria and fungi.

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Star anise can be used to:

While star anise has wonderful health benefits, WebMD warns, "Be careful you know what you are taking. The star anise used as medicine is Chinese star anise. Don’t confuse it with Japanese star anise, which is poisonous and should not be taken."

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Cardamom has been linked to:

A study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention notes that research on cardamom "demonstrated cancer chemopreventive potential in in vitro and in vivo systems." But there is still much to learn about potential benefits from cardamom in combating cancers.

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Saffron can be used to alleviate:

The Guardian sums up some of the many benefits of saffron: "Research suggests that the carotenoid compounds responsible for saffron's striking colour (safranal, crocetin, crocin) could play a part in inhibiting the growth of tumours. The active constituents in saffron could help alleviate gastric problems, heart disease, insulin resistance, depression, premenstrual syndrome, insomnia and anxiety. Eating saffron also appears to help vision by retarding the degeneration of the retina that occurs with age."

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