Last week Skelly and I did a little dejunking in the kitchen. We went through all of those dusty, old spice jars hiding here and there in the cabinets. They must have been there for years!
YOU know what I’m talking about.
We started fresh with a brand new wooden spice rack that we keep on the counter.
I love it! And it speaks to my need to be organized.
And keeping my spices in full view reminds me to use them at every meal. I love how they bring even the simplest food to life. They add a flavor kick that takes my cooking to a whole new level. And the best thing is these spices love my Skelly right back.
You see, spices are full of vitamins and minerals that help build and strengthen your bones. Here’s a peek at what’s in my Skelly’s spice rack:
Scientists worked with a group of fit, healthy, slim, older people with an average age of 70. Some took a tablet containing turmeric while the others took a placebo. After six months the turmeric group boosted their bone density by seven percent compared to the placebo.[i]
Look for Ceylon cinnamon also known as “true cinnamon.” It might be more expensive than the others (like Cassia cinnamon) but it has more benefits.
Cumin is a great source of fiber as well as bone minerals like magnesium, zinc, selenium, manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, and iron.
A recent study showed that cumin could reverse osteoporosis in mice. Researchers gave the credit to cumin’s high levels of unsaturated fatty acids as well as its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.[iii]
Even if you’re one of those people who hate cilantro, you may love coriander. It has a sweet and toasty aroma. I like to pair it with cumin and cinnamon.
The right spice can transform your cooking in seconds. Add spices to chili, curries, stews, and soups. Also add them to salad dressings, eggs, cooked rice and vegetables. Mix several together as a rub for meat or fish.
From my spicey bones to yours!
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[i] A. Riva, et al. “Effects of a curcumin-based supplementation in asymptomatic subjects with low bone density: a preliminary 24-week supplement study.” Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci2017; 21(7):1684-1689. [ii] Tsuji-Naito K. “Aldehydic components of cinnamon bark extract suppresses RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis through NFATc1 downregulation.” Bioorg Med Chem. 2008 Oct 15;16(20):9176-83. doi: 10.1016/j.bmc.2008.09.036. [iii] Seif AA. “Nigella Sativa reverses osteoporosis in ovariectomized rats.” BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2014;14:22. doi:10.1186/1472-6882-14-22.