Spices offer health boost during winter months

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on January 27, 2014 at 8:34 AM

If you want a healthy boost this winter, look no farther than your kitchen cupboards. Several winter spices can help you with everything from indigestion to muscle cramps.

Clinical nutritionist Eric Snow says you probably don't even realize you're doing your body good.

"There are some health benefits to a lot of the foods that we use, especially in the spices," said Snow.

Take peppermint. Dr. Snow says it relieves the pressure from sinus congestion and helps with stomach problems.

"Have some peppermint tea or even something with some peppermint oil in it to help relieve an acidy stomach or indigestion," he explained.

With cinnamon, think muscle aches.

"Especially females who have any type of PMS cramping, muscle cramping. It can even benefit general stiffness in the muscles," Snow said.

Cinnamon also helps control blood sugar.

Next up: clove is a natural pain healer for teeth and gums.

"If you bite into that, you'll notice an anesthetic type sensation," said Snow.

Feeling stressed? Try nutmeg.

"It can be good for helping with anxiety and other nerve conditions, so when you think nutmeg, think nerve tonic," explained Dr. Snow.

Ginger is another spice that can soothe nausea and swelling, and boost your immune system.

Spices can help, but should not be considered a cure for ailments. If you're feeling sick, talk to a healthcare professional.

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