Of all foods on the planet, spices rank at the top for antioxidant activity and phytonutrient content on a weight-for-weight basis. This means that incorporating even small amounts of them into your diet can give a big boost to your overall intake of antioxidants and phytonutrients. For example, a teaspoon of dried oregano has the antioxidant capacity of an entire apple. As we well know, antioxidants are essential for neutralizing the dangerous free radicals generated in our body by our normal metabolism or by external influences such as UV radiation from sunlight or environmental toxins. The high levels of antioxidants in spices protects our DNA from damage incurred by these free radicals, thereby preventing cancer and slowing the aging process. The specific phytonutrients in individual spices are responsible for their many various beneficial effects on the body, such as anti-inflammation, or promoting the health of specific organs and systems.
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