Adults who ate spicy foods almost every day had a 14% reduced risk for death from any cause compared with those who ate these foods less than once a week, according to a recent seven-year study of nearly 500,000 people. Most reported eating fresh and/or dried chili peppers, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce risk for some cancers, high blood pressure and heart disease. Other research has found garlic and ginger to also be healthful spices.
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Lemon and ginger is a classic combo when served hot with tea and honey. Strange as it might sound, it’s even more effective at fighting infections if you toss the lemon peel into the juicer along with its tart flesh; the essential oils and antioxidant-containing pigments help take the lemon’s vitamin C to a whole new level.
Is a garlic bulb that has sprouted still edible? According to John La Puma, MD, ChefMD, a professionally trained chef with a private nutritional medical practice in Santa Barbara, California, Yes! A garlic sprout is a new seedling and will eventually develop into a whole garlic plant. It has greater flavor and pungency than the clove itself. Garlic that has been sprouted for five days has twice as many antioxidants as unsprouted garlic and knocks back free radicals better, too, probably because the seedling is creating natural defenses designed to protect the up-and-coming plant. So enjoy the garlic clove and the sprout.
In a study done by Adrian Gombart, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State University, even more benefits of grapes and blueberries have been discovered. Along with being full of powerful antioxidants, red grapes have been found to contain resveratrol, and blueberries have been found to contain pterostilbene. These compounds help activate a gene that strengthens immune function. Simply make fresh or frozen red grapes and blueberries a regular part of your diet to give your immune system a boost this winter.