Five Magic Spices
Five Magic Spices
by Chris “the Kiwi” Ashenden, and Liana Ashenden, PhD


Hey mate,

I hope this finds you better than ever.

“Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine”  – Hippocrates, a smart dude who wore a toga and spoke about health about 2400 years ago

Food is FIRST. Every time “food-science” gets a new “breakthrough” ingredient, nature continues to trump all in delivering clean, healthy, nutrition. (Whole-food sourced is the only way to go, whether for food or for supplements, but then, I am biased).

Eating healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. There are magical ingredients in the world that not only make food delicious, colorful and fragrant, they’re really good for you!

5 Magic Spices

(well, technically 4 Magic Spices and 1 Magic Herb)

Four spices with vibrant red and yellow colors, all with equally impressive health properties: turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and chili. Cumin is technically a herb, but most folks think of it as a spice and have it in the spice cupboard, so I’m also including one fabulous herb in this post on spices, to call it five. The science on cumin’s health benefits is at an earlier stage than the other spices, but the results look promising.

Since I wrote this with The Big Sis, who is a stickler for what has been shown in well designed clinical studies, when talking these up we are sticking to the science folks.

All of these spices taste and look fantastic when added to food. They have unique active compounds that variously act against inflammation, infection, pain, nausea, obesity, free radicals, cancer and cardiovascular disease. They also contain essential vitamins and minerals and a massive host of natural occurring anti-oxidants. If you’d like to know exactly what’s in them, check out the US Government’s national nutrient database.

IF I get enough comments to this post…

…I will give you two great recipes for you to try at home, created by food blogger Elisa Ashenden (who also happens to be my younger sister) using THESE EXACT SPICES. These recipes are DELICIOUS, fully compliant and of course super healthy.

As with all of my posts, please consult your doctor first if you have any health conditions or take any medication. General warning: some people are allergic to certain spices.

Let’s play.

Turmeric root

Turmeric (also called ‘Indian saffron’) grows in South and Southeast Asia. It has been part of Indian food and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. The roots are either used fresh or dried and ground into powder. Its scientific name is Curcuma longa and its active chemicals are the polyphenols curcumin and other curcuminoids.

Curcumin interacts with fat and muscle cells, pancreas and liver tissue, and macrophages in the immune system, helping to counteract insulin resistance and lower blood glucose and blood lipid levels.

Clinical trials show that curcumin:

  • may help prevent the development of diabetes and it improved the function of Beta-cells in the pancreas
  • reduced symptoms such as joint tenderness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
  • reduced the severity of pruritis (skin itchiness)
  • decreased heart attack associated with coronary artery bypass grafting
  • decreased protein and blood in the urine and decreased systolic blood pressure in patients with inflammatory kidney disease
  • improved postoperative pain and fatigue following surgical removal of the gallbladder
  • improved the general health of patients with colorectal cancer by increasing p53 molecule expression in tumor cells, speeding up tumor cell death

Sounds good to me, let’s eat some. (Just be aware that very high doses of turmeric can increase urinary oxalate levels, increasing the risk of kidney stone formation in susceptible individuals)


Ginger root

Ginger belongs to the same family as turmeric and has the same geographical origins and ancient Ayurvedic history. Like turmeric, the part used for food is the root, or rhizome. Its scientific name is Zingiber officinale and its active chemicals include gingerol, shogaol, paradol, zerumbone and zingerone.

Ginger is used commonly in folk medicine to reduce nausea. While other traditional uses include digestive function, anti-inflammatory effects, a pain killer (most likely linked to any anti-inflammatory effect), and as an immune booster, the majority of clinical trials point to ginger’s ability to assist in digestive stability and combat nausea.

Clinical trials showing variable results on ginger’s anti-emetic properties suggest that its effect varies between individuals.

In clinical trials, ginger:

  • reduced the severity of nausea induced by chemotherapy in adult cancer patients
  • mixed effects of ginger on post-operative nausea across different trials
  • mixed effects of ginger on morning sickness in pregnant women across different trials
  • reduced muscle pain following exercise-induced muscle injury
  • reduced pain scores in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee
  • very high doses of powdered ginger reduced platelet aggregation in patients with coronary heart disease (but this effect was not shown at low doses, or in other studies)
  • a review of clinical trials showed that ginger reduced subjective pain reports in patients with osteoarthritis, period pain, and experimentally induced acute muscle pain – the authors suggest this effect may be due to ginger’s anti-inflammatory activity

In animal studies, ginger:

  • protected mice against radiation-induced sickness and mortality
  • protected normal tissues against the tumor-killing effects of radiation in mice with cancer

In vitro, ginger:

  • inhibited the cyclo-oxygenase activity of platelets


Yep. Ginger is looking good, and it tastes freaken delicious.

(Warning: people with heavy susceptibility to bleeding should seek medical advice before taking large amounts of ginger due to studies suggesting it may reduce platelet activity (necessary for blood clotting).

Cinnamon bark

Cinnamon spice comes from the sweet inner bark of certain trees, originally grown in Sri Lanka, India, China, the Middle East and parts of Africa. When dried, the bark curls into quills; it can also be powdered. In ancient times cinnamon was highly prized for its fragrance in Egypt and the Middle East and it has been used in traditional medicine in China for thousands of years.

The two most common types of cinnamon sold commercially are Cinnamomum verum, also called true cinnamon, Sri Lanka cinnamon or Ceylon cinnamon, and Cinnamomum cassia, also called cassia or Chinese cinnamon. The active chemicals are cinnamaldehyde, cinnzeylanine, and eugenol.

Cinnamon has antibacterial effects. In clinical trials it also appears to improve blood parameters, which may help prevent/improve diabetes and aid fat loss. However some studies show no statistically significant effect of cinnamon on blood glucose levels. The most consistent benefit observed across different studies is reduced fasting blood glucose.

Clinical trials show that cinnamon:

  • improved blood glucose concentrations, fasting blood glucose, postprandial glucose response and insulin sensitivity in normal weight adults, obese adults, and patients with type 2 diabetes
Cinnamon is best added to DRINKS in my opinion. I love a teaspoon mixed into hot coffee, or put on top of a double espresso over ice. Serve shaken, not stirred. 

Note: Don’t go totally nuts: Cassia cinnamon contains high levels (up to 1%) of coumarin, the parent compound of the anticoagulant warfarin. Very high doses of coumarin are toxic. A tolerable daily intake is 0.1 mg/kg body weight. At 110 lbs, that would be about 5 grams of cinnamon. At 220lbs, about 10 grams of cinnamon, to be well inside the tolerably daily intake. To be honest, probably not going to happen.


Chili fruits

There are many Capsicum species, including all the familiar chilies and bell peppers and many exotic others. Examples include C. annum, C. baccatum, C. chinense, C. frutescens, C. pubescens. Originally native to the Americas, the fruits of these plants contain varying degrees of the active chemical capsacin and other capsaicinoids and have been used in food since ancient times.

Absolutely chock full of bioflavonoids and anti-oxidants, and with some interesting FAT LOSS benefits, from a medical perspective, capsicum binds to receptors on nerves that sense pain.

Clinical trials show that red chili peppers:

  • decreased the intensity of abdominal pain and bloating in patients with irritable bowel syndrome
  • activated brown adipose tissue in healthy men
  • decreased blood glucose and maintained insulin levels in healthy men
  • a review of trials involving capsicum species and weight loss showed that chilies reduced abdominal adipose tissue levels, reduced appetite and energy intake, and increased energy expenditure

Warning: chilies can taste HOT! as well as delicous :)

For those with digestive issues such as IBD and auto-immune problems this is actually a food I recommend you take out for a month or more, in line with a full elimination approach (you know, all that no grains, legumes, dairy stuff), then re-introduce carefully and assess tolerance.

The vast majority will have no problems whatsover, and that is a good thing, as capsicum’s are YUMMY.


Cumin seeds

Cumin is a herb belonging to the same family as fennel and caraway and the seeds are used in cooking. It is native to areas stretching from the Mediterranean to India. Its scientific name is Cuminum cyminum and the active chemicals are cuminaldehyde and polyphenols. It is extremely rich in vitamin C.

Very few clinical trials have been conducted on cumin. Bearing in mind that animal and ‘test tube’ (in vitro) studies cannot be extrapolated in any straightforward way to human beings, I have given a snapshot of these types of studies below. It will be exciting to see clinical trials emerge on cumin.

In animal studies, cumin:

  • improved diabetic parameters (e.g. blood glucose and insulin), lowered blood lipid profiles, reduced body weight, reduced oxidative stress, and delayed the formation of cataracts in various rat models of diabetes
  • was a potent immunomodulator, increasing the count of T cells (CD4 and CD8) and the Th1 cytokines predominant immune response in both healthy and immune-compromised mice
  • prevented bone loss in a rat model of postmenopausal osteoporosis
  • attenuated seizures in mouse models of epilepsy
  • suppressed the development of colon cancer in rats injected with a colon-specific carcinogen and
  • reduced the number of stomach tumors in a mouse model of the cancer

In studies in vitro, cumin:

  • had a considerable inhibitory effect on a wide range of bacteria and fungi
  • was a potent antioxidant with free radical scavenging properties
  • reduced the survival of liver and breast cancer cells and
  • inhibited platelet aggregation

Warning: consult your doctor if you take warfarin or have bleeding conditions, as cumin may affect the clotting process.



Spice Active Ingredient Health Area
Turmeric root Curcuma longa Curcumin and other curcuminoids (polyphenols) Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular system, bones and joints, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, improves pancreas and kidney health
Ginger rootZingiber officinale Gingerol, shogaol, paradol, zerumbone and zingerone Anti-emetic (anti-nausea), antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, analgesic (pain killer), protects against DNA damage, radio-protective, and gastro-protective
Cinnamon barkCinnamomum species Cinnamaldehyde, cinnzeylanine, eugenol Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, hypo-glycemic
Chili peppersCapsicum species Capsacin and other capsaicinoids Anti-tumor, analgesic, fat loss, hypoglycemic
Cumin seedsCuminum cyminum CuminaldehydePolyphenols (Note – not validated in clinical trials.) Antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-clotting, healthy bones, immune response, moderately hypoglycemic, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory


These amazing plants can not only make your life (and food) a lot more interesting, they can also help reduce inflammation and pain, improve blood sugar levels, and may have other protective effects against cardiovascular disease and tumors. The science is still not conclusive and a lot more clinical trials are needed, but these plants have an ancient and distinguished history that we should pay attention to. And of course, they taste goooooood.

IF I get 50 comments below, I will give you the delicious recipes from my little sister.

One recipe uses tumeric and cumin, the other uses ginger and chili. For cinnamon I recommend a big pinch in your daily coffee – it tastes and smells amazing.

These will be sneak peak in to some of the awesome recipes to follow in our paleo-compliant cook book coming out later this year.

“100% Focus on Happiness” 

That is my mantra, and it starts with phenomenal health.
Chris “the Kiwi”


ps. 50 COMMENTS below to get the recipes. Can be as simple as “yes please, post the recipes” – fire away mate.

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Chris 'The Kiwi'
So named because he comes from a little country in the Pacific called New Zealand where a small, fat, quasi-blind, and largely defenseless bird by the name of “Kiwi” is the national animal, and what we are called when we land in other countries. He is focused on using what he can remember from his studies for a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and his cumulative years as a nutritionist and strength coach to help other people enjoy amazing levels of health and energy. He enjoys ticking through his list of life goals and meeting new people.
  • Tammy

    Please post the recipes! Your other recipes are so good!

  • Bekki

    Would love recipes…try Costco No Salt Seasoning. Tastes great on just about everything!

  • Kathy

    I cant wait to try the recipies!

  • Peaceful

    Thank you so much, Kiwi. I need your recipies!!!!!

  • William Casparino

    Let’s go Chris don’t hold back.

  • pamela

    I am very interested in getting the recipes!!

  • CW

    Always looking to improve health with quality ingredients

  • Smiley

    Please post the recipes.

  • Suzanne

    Please post the recipes.

  • Ileen

    I am interested in more recipes. Seems like all I do is collect them lately in my attempt to eat gluten-free and paleo for better health and weight loss. Turmeric and Ginger are spices I don’t have much in the way of recipes. Living in the South West of USA, I use chili, cumin, and cinnamon a lot. Love that hot-spiciness! Thank you in advance!

    • Anonymous

      Sure thing!

      We are nearly finished with our recipe book, make sure you sign up your email here or on to receive notification.


      Chris Ashenden

  • Curt

    I’ve been interested in Ginger, Turmeric, and Cinnamon for a long time, but just not sure the best ways to use them… the Chilis I already enjoy… the Cumin concept is new to me.

    • Anonymous

      Hey Curt

      Thanks for the comment, glad you enjoyed mate


      Chris Ashenden

  • Don Sells

    Good info & I need all the help I can get when it comes to cooking. Got started
    fumbling around rather late in life.

  • Iain

    Informative as always. Would love the recipes.

  • Jan

    Recipes??…I need recipes…pls!

  • Robb

    Excellent information! Spice it up!

  • Shane Coltharp

    Love the article lets try those recipes

  • Cindy

    Love this article!

  • Tiffany

    should they be organic or does it matter. Recipes please

  • dtmh

    Yes, don’t know how to use so NEED recipes! !

  • matthew

    Going to order me some spices today

  • Brian
    • Anonymous

      Brian, did you read the post in full? Please go back and do so and note our comments on cinnamon. We stand by it as we have written, which is based on the scientific literature.

      Chris Ashenden

  • mysteryfan

    Would love to have recipes with these ingredients.

  • ef


  • susan

    great site,so informative susan

  • kmarie6

    I love using these spices. Tumeric and cumin give cauliflower rice a wonderful color and flavor. Looking forward to the recipes.

  • Faith

    Great article. I can hardly wait for the recipes. Thanks a bunch!

  • G

    Great info! Looking forward to recipes!

  • Cg

    Would live the recipes. These are all great spices

  • Judy Solomon

    Sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to get the recipes!

  • Marion

    .Good article! I’d love the recipes.

  • Sally

    Can’t wait for the recipes!

  • Linda

    Informative…thank you. It will take work to make myself eat the hot peppers, but that’s ok

  • emma lott

    I would love to try the spices in a recipe!

  • Connie Bennett

    Great article, looking forward to the recipes!

  • Sherry

    Mmmmm! Can’t wait for the recipes!

  • Kay

    Yes please – would new recipes!!!!

  • BG

    This was very interesting. I can’t wait to receive the recipes to try. Thanks.

  • tangoid

    Yes! to the recipes. And one question: how much of any of these spices would one have to consume to produce results? Cuz much as I like the idea that a pinch of cinnamon in my coffee once a day is going to improve my health, I’m skeptical. Obviously, I could read all the studies on which the recommendations are based. But I am hoping for a “here’s the bottom line” synopsis.

  • Peggy

    Thanks for the great article. Can’t wait to see the recipes.

  • pedro

    Hi Kiwi – love these spices, but tumeric can be hard to eat unless mixed well with rice and chicken. Please send the rrecipes to and thanks.


  • Shelly Palsa Bradley

    I knew about the chili, cinnamon, and ginger. I am so excited about the cumin. I love that stuff and could put it in EVERYTHING!!!
    I am looking forward to the recipes!!

  • Gloria

    Good information,,,recipes please

  • bambam78215

    Great information, I look forward to trying the recipes.

  • Dawn

    I cook with these all the time. Love them. Love recipes…

  • Brenda

    Can never have too many healthy recipes !!

  • Pam Morquecho

    Thanks for the great info!

  • Keith

    Chillis in moderation I think, as I’ve read that too much of the hotter varieties can actually damage your intestinal tract?

  • Annie

    Awesome! recipes please!

  • Lori

    Great information on the spices! Bring on the recipes!

  • Becca

    I love all these spices!

  • Laura Shackelford Lute

    Awesome info on the Five Spices! Will implement. Thank you so much for all the wonderful tips and facts.

  • Kerri

    Cant wait for the recipes

  • Tracy

    Great article, thanks!

  • Char

    Thanks for the info. Looking forward to the recipes.

  • Tamela

    I thought cumin was usually used in cooked foods. Doesn’t the heat destroy vitamin C?

  • Miss Chivers

    Love, love cinnamon. Always use in my coffee. Trying to get used to using the others as I my palate does not take to kindly to too hot so the recipes will be a boon. Thanks mate!

  • sweetcheeks

    Please pretty please

  • Marilyn

    Off shopping to buy some tumeric as a spice. I await your recipes.

  • Staci

    Waiting for recipes!!

  • stephie

    Brilliant – please send new recipes soon!

  • Wendy

    So interesting. Thanks for sharing….

  • Bev Veale

    Sounds GREAT- HOPE YOU GET YOUR 50 !!

  • Cri

    Really interesting info… Can’t wait for the recipes :)

  • Anne

    You’re the best Kiwi!

  • Ryan Sutter

    I would love to see some recipes! Looks like you’ve got plenty of comments???

  • Doug Simons

    Thanks for this.
    I knew about ginger and turmeric but not their benefits, plus, all the others that I can incorporate into my cooking.
    On my recent stay in Thailand, I now know why all the Thai people (at least the ones I worked out with) seemed so healthy, it’s all those little red Thai peppers they eat all the time. There is a paste they use that neutralizes the heat of these little red devils but I don’t know the English translation for it.
    Thanks again, I look forward to the recipes.

  • Sandra ward

    Thanks for the info–half of them I didn’t know what we’re or where they came from OR looked like !!! Thanks again!!!

  • Darla

    I use most of these now… introduced to me by a holistic doctor. New Recipes are always welcome.

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  • Greg

    P. S. Kiwi, you rock

  • Victoria Guthrie

    fire away mate!

  • Mgr727

    Can’t wait for the recipes!

  • Karina

    Interesting. I look forward to the recipes!

  • tim

    would like the book

  • Lily Garcia

    Thanks for the great info Chris! You rock!

  • Sunshine

    Thank you for the information. I will share with friends!

  • AD

    Have them all and love getting new ways to use!

  • Terrie

    yes please for the recipes. thank you for the article!

  • roxiepoxie

    I am trying to eat cleaner. Would love to see your recipes for some ideas!

  • Andigolfer

    all great tasting ingredients in any number of dishes – more recipes would be great!

  • Eric

    Bring on the recipes!

  • WT

    Ready for the recipies here too!!! Nice headsup on Cumin…

  • mark in VA

    Excellent article. Excellent recipes??

  • Maryann

    Love using food for medicine! Sure hope we get to view the recipies! Thanks Chris for all you do!

  • Jack

    Would love the recipes

  • Varda

    Cumin is one of my favorites,, -did not know it is a Herb – but you are never too old to learn something new

  • Faith

    Wow! Good information, thanks.
    I have tried ginger and cinnamon quite a bit, but not much on the others. The recipes would be great to try to become familiar with how to use the ones I don’t know as well. Also, it would be great to know how to grow them!
    Thanks for all the great info sent out way…


    yes please for the recipes” 5 GREAT ONES

  • DK

    Thanks Chris. Looking forward to the recipes.

  • DC

    Great article, straight to the point and no messing, as always. Great info to know about spices.

  • Renee

    YES! Please post the recipes… Great article.

  • Mike

    Ready lets go

  • Vicki

    “yes please, post the recipes”

  • Casey Aania

    I would love to know more about how to use these spices!

  • dtp

    I’d love the recipes too!

  • Jeff

    I am hungry, and ready for those recipes!

  • Histeachers

    Yes please- I’d love to have recipes to use. Thanks

  • Parslee

    Fabulous info-can’t wait for the recipes

  • Lin

    Love spices and their benefits. Could always use new recipes too. Great info and well presented. Thanks.

  • Mary

    It’s been a while since you posted one of your sisters recipes. Looking forward to the new ones. Thanks

  • theresa ecabert

    can’t wait to try the recipes! please post!!

  • Ron

    Great info, sure hope you add cardamom (whole pod) to this list soon……………

  • Tina

    I’m looking for ways to spice up my meals, besides sea salt! Thanks! and yes, please on the recipes!

  • Sheila

    Love all those spices, send the recipes!

  • melba abney

    very interesting, cant wait for the recipes!

  • Cyn

    Thanks so much for all this great clinical info! I’d love the recipes too!

  • Dennis

    Great article. Thanks for sharing.

  • william schaffe

    I have been using cinnamon for months and I no longer have the after meal slowdown.

  • Belleville Legion

    would love to see some recipes

  • Rebecca Jones

    Yes, please post the recipes! Thanks!

  • Lucy

    Please send the recipes!

  • Bermygal

    This is awesome I use these spices whenever I cook. I say yes please for the recipes

  • Debbie

    Hey Chris: I always find your information very informative, looking forward to seeing the recipes.

  • shelly

    yes please

  • Heidi

    Great info Chris. Now I look forward to getting the recipes.

  • Lynne Kitzmiller Jones

    I love to cook, and absolutely enjoy each of these spices in my daily meals! Please share the recipes!


    Recipes are always helpful to integrate special spices into the diet. Thanks a bunch!

  • Aaron Johnson

    Good stuff.

  • Annett

    Very interesting information. I would love to see the recipes. Thank you!

  • Daniel

    The more ways to use them the better. Recipes is a good start.

  • ekimerpal

    yes please send me the recipes!

  • Skibunny

    RECIPES would be sweet! ????

  • Mike

    Great article, can’t wait for the book. By the way, I understand that Kiwi fruit is an awesome source of vitamin C? How about an article on healthful fruits?

  • mz

    Yes , please post the recipes!!

  • Shelly

    Would love to see some recipes

  • Rose

    Thanks for an interesting and helpful article.

  • Peter

    sounds amazing!!! come on lets have the recipe’s!!!!!! :))

  • Elfie

    I would love to have recipes using these herbs and spices.

  • denis

    I love all of these. But I am always ready to try them in new ways. Bring on the recipes!

  • Poodle

    Bring on the recipes – the spicier the better!

  • VickiB12

    Loving all the great information and reminders about how to eat healthy, interesting food. Can’t wait to get some recipes and look forward to the cookbook!

  • Richard Zier-Vogel

    Thanks Chris, here is a very USEFUL TIP for when we have a bit too much capsicum on our tongue, especially for us macho men who challenge each other on eating very HOT. To really get rid of the burn instantly chew some gum that has cooling fresh mint. It works very fast, much better than yogurt.

  • M

    Loved the info and the science. Please post the recipes!

  • Mini

    Hi i grow up eating all these spices without knowing the benefits.thanks for the info. I came from india

  • val

    love cinnamon and ginger – looking forward to trying tumeric

  • Monster

    Bring on the recipes!

  • Ronnie

    Nice one! Thank you. I follow a lot of your recommendations and they really work. Would love to get some athletic greens but I am not in the US… When do you start International deliveries? I already use ginger and cinnamon regularly and chilli from time to time. I will see if I can get to use some of the other stuff to.

  • Sjw

    Yes, I would like receipes

  • JD Felt

    Chris, I’ve been following you since the Abel James interview, and I gotta say that you are awesome. Write a book or do something to get yourself on more interviews! Spread the Athletic Greens Love! PMA All Day

  • Dina

    Thanks for all the information…looking forward to the recipes.

  • Cdc

    Chilies and cumin are TexMex staples.

  • Michelle

    Cant wait for the recipes!

  • Charlotte

    The recipes sound fantastic! Would love to have them!!

  • Donna von Nieda

    I’m awaiting the recipes!

  • DT

    Great information! Looking forward to the recipes. Thanks!

  • kelly

    yes please, post the recipes

  • HealthyMom

    Great foods. I can’t wait for the recipes. :-)

  • snowie

    I am especially interested in the use of cumin and chili peppers- as I am just getting started with these. Thanks

  • NRJohnson

    Thanks for the great article! Love the fact that I’m already using several of these – and learned about a couple new ones! Cheers!

  • Barb Hayes

    Excellent information! Thanks for posting this.

  • Wendy Boston McGar


  • shirley

    Yes, I want the recipes. I am looking for recipes that use these spices

  • Karen

    Looks like we’ll be seeing those recipes

  • Steve

    All wonderful spices

  • Ellie

    Cool i use these spices pretty often cant wait for new recipes

  • Sandyq

    Already use cinnamon in my coffee. Use cumin….not enough…..on meats for a hint of smokiness.

  • Donna

    Please share the recipe!!


  • MMH

    I’ve used all 5 of these herb/spices today in my cooking – even before reading your site!! And, yes, they’re wonderfully delicious and healthy. Keep your posts coming, Chris. Love your stuff.

  • Barb

    Love the pictures and chart. Have these spices at home but always need new recipes to try! Can’t wait for those as well as yr book!

  • Kdgonzalez

    Please post the recipes????????

  • Heather

    I’m so excited about the cookbook, Kiwi!!! I love experimenting with spices..I switch up Elisa’s grass-fed mince recipe all the time with spice expiriments. So stoked to buy the cookbook when it’s available!

  • Kelly

    Please send the recipes!!

  • Cynthia

    I am type II diabetic and I’m very interested in herbs and spices and their benefits.

  • Myrna

    yes please

  • Debra

    I’d like the recipes!

  • Airport

    Hey Kiwi: As usual, great info and a comprehensive chart that can be posted in the kitchen as a reminder to use these spices as much as possible. I, too, am eagerly awaiting your cook book.

  • John Bracco

    Excellent information as usual. Kiwi Rocks!

  • Claudette Paulin Eames

    Im waiting ;)

  • patnap

    Interesting and educational.

  • JD

    Thanks for the reminder. I knew these spices were good, but somehow have traveled away from their use.

  • satya

    yes good article. I would like the recipes please

  • Joanne

    awesome information and all great tasting spices.. please send the recipes. Thanks

  • Stacey

    Love these spices and cook with them often. I am definitely looking forward to the cookbook. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jyotsna

    Excellent! I am an Indian n I use all of these.will post some recipes very soon.
    Keep it up for the good job.

  • Diana

    Great article, Chris! I would love some recipes using them and if I counted correctly, I’m number 51 soooooo, let the recipes begin!! ;-)

  • Robyn

    Look forward to seeing the recipes. Thanks

  • dave

    please post recipes

  • Jaqcuelin

    excellent please post recipes :)

  • Luanne

    Would love to try the recipes! I start every day with Athletic gives me a better boost than coffee!

  • Skipper

    I live in the east end of London and like a lot of people over here (not just where I come from), I love curries. So I use those spices all the time.

  • Donna

    Enjoyed the information and I am trying to use more spices for health. Can’t wait to see the recipes!

  • Bob Click

    Yes, Please I would like the recipes. Thank You.

  • Eldadio

    Hmmmm. Spices good. Recipes please!

  • Matt Engmark

    looking for ways to spice up my meals and healthful..ready for recipes!!

  • Ruth

    thanks for the information. Look forward to the recipient.

  • Sando

    As always, a great article, am just starting a strict 14 day juice only program but am able to select herbs ans spices of my choice. Look forward to your recipes. (Even if I have to wait until I finish my detox)

  • Dawn

    Using more of these spices all the time. Glad I am on the right track.

  • Alex Tucker

    Can’t wait for the recipes!

  • Dawn

    Love using natural spices… post the recipes :)

  • Paula

    Love cooking w/ tumeric, cumin, chili and cinnamon. Looking forward to the recipes from lil sis!

  • Erik Monson

    Awesome Chriwi; that’s your new efficient name btw. I’m glad these articles exist. That’s good knowledge that needs to be spread!

  • Kim

    Thanks. Would love the recipes.

  • Sandy

    Yes, please! I add cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric to my daily greens shake.

  • Janelle

    Really enjoy these spices. Greatly appreciate any recipes:)

  • Catherine

    Yes please

  • Des

    Found this article very interesting

  • sam

    THanks for the articel. I ahve been taking Tumeric and cinnamon daily. I will add the others. Have a great day!!

  • deanna

    Thanks, Chris,
    Interesting information—thanks!

  • Karla

    Great! Recipes, please!!

  • Linda

    Good to know would love some ideas/recipes on how to use them! Thank you

  • Martha

    Fabulous article, looking forward to the recipes

  • Heidi

    I love all of these spices and the one herb, cumin. Please send me the recipes. please.

  • calvo

    I love these spices! It’s good to know they’re good for me.

  • Johnjg88

    Looking forward to the recipes

  • Tim Elliott

    Thanks for the info… would you include me in a list for those recipes? Thanks!

  • Robbie Williamson Pape

    yes please for the recipes!

  • Lois

    I already include these in my diet. Good to read the detailed info on them.

  • Tom

    Use especially the peppers. I need to start using the others on a more consistent basis. I need to learn. Can’t wait for the recipes. Thanks!

  • Monica D. Sanchez

    Thanks for this article! I already loved these spicies and now I’ll be using them more!

  • martha may

    thanks Chris. I would like to have a copy of your recipes. I have both diabetes and osteoarthritis and would like to know what kind of a relief I can get using the spices . Thank you.

  • Suzanne

    Great info, thanks for sharing. Always looking for new healthy recipes – woo hoo!

  • melissa

    Recipes, please. I take most of these daily already, either in my smoothie or in supplement form. Only cumin is left out, and don’t cook with it often, but like it. Yes, it does go a long way, as Wes says. I could add a bit to the smoothie without much taste change, I bet, since it’s not cooked and is taken cold… perhaps I’ll try that tomorrow.

  • Robin

    Thanks for the article. Would love to receive the recipes.

  • Vickie

    I will go with food to improve my health before supplements. It just makes sense. We need to eat anyway. And who knows if the supplements you are buying have any real health benefit, especially considering the money involved. And, I don’t take pills or capsules well. Thanks, Chris for the info. I’m ready for the recipes!

  • Bart

    Love these spices and use many but would like to learn.

  • Alison

    Recipes, please!

  • Jody Spencer

    Send them through Champion!

  • Shmeed

    ‘I like stuff’… Ooo-Mmmmm maykaybe! Seriously though, great article bro. I’m hungry now

  • Dawn

    sounds exciting…looking forward to the recipes.

  • John

    Wondering if the manufacturing origins of the spice impact their benefits (ie are the spices from walmart any different from the organic ones in a health food store). Either way looking forward to the recipes.

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  • Wes Dodson

    Cumin is one of my now not-so-secret ingredients in chili. Doesn’t take much so be light with it.

  • Nicole

    Very informative! Looking forward to the recipes!

  • sheeba55

    Would love to see the recipes!

  • lee

    Looks great! I would substitute garlic for ginger

  • LynR.

    All of the above are some of my favourite ingredients. It is good to read how good they are for us as well.

  • Laura Adams

    Yes please and thank you for sharing

  • shawnee

    Sounds great! Would love to get the recipes!

  • Susan Christenson-Lender

    I have learned the same thing in my ayurvedic classes, and really enjoyed the synopsis. Pls send me the recipes

  • Shannon

    Love all of these spices!

  • Christine McGrath

    I have added all 5 of these to my diet, and they are delish! Glad I opened up my palette to new healthy flavors! Great article Chris! ;)

  • Joanne

    Look forward to the recipes!

  • Michael

    Would love to get the recipes. Great spices I use them a lot.

  • Nancy Brumm Nolan

    Just finished making lunch prior to reading this… it included ginger, turmeric, chili, cinnamon and I thought of including cumin but decided against that flavor mix. Additionally, I did add fenugreek, coriander and smoky paprika… hopefully healthy spices as well! Cheers and looking forward to the recipes!

  • Pat

    Confirmed what I was told years ago-all good for you and you can use them all easily every day. I even put a pinch of turmeric in my smoothies!! Bring on the recipes and keep up the good work!

  • LeRoy

    Very informative. Can’t wait for the recipes

  • Slim

    Great points. Need to find more ways to work these in.

  • wazoo

    Great little article, bring on the recipes!

  • Betty Lockhurst

    yes please for the recipes

  • Kris

    Love these spices. Thanks for any recipes you send.

  • Craig Wolfe

    Definitely want to learn more uses for tumeric. Bring on the recipes

  • Bill

    Bring on the recipes!

  • Dianne

    Great article! I will be waiting for the recipes.

  • Turboden

    I want the book. Sounds awesome!

  • Nat

    Ready for recipes!

  • Brenda Wollenberg

    Love it . . . great stuff . . . bring on the recipes!

  • Jordan

    Dang… I hope you get 50 comments!

  • Debbie Miller

    Love these spices and would love to see the recipes!

  • Wess Ripley

    Are there any recipes using Athletic Greens?! I’ve used it in smoothies, but nothing “cooked”.

  • Jacq

    I would love to start using these spices. Recipies please!

  • Brenda

    Yes, please. Can’t wait for the cookbook to come out. I love my greens also!

  • peggy

    i love all these spices. Thanks for feeding us such good information,

  • Wess Ripley

    I cook with these spices already, but would love to add a few new recipes! Thx!

  • WPD

    I love all of these and look forward to your recipes. Thanks!

  • Dan

    I am always looking for great recipes using herbs and spices that promote great health. Thanks for all the great info!!

  • Lenka

    Thank you for the spice review, please pass along the recipes!

  • Tracey

    Yes live all of the above!

  • D

    Would love to have those recipes!

  • Isabelle

    Awesome! 5 of my favorite spices! :)

  • Amanda

    This looks great and I am always looking for ways to make my food healthier and taste better

  • Sierra

    Love all those spices and herbs and am always looking for new recipes that fit the healthy and tasty eating criteria. Thank you for posting all the information.

  • Janice DeFir

    I knew about all of these but would love the recipes!

  • David Rubin

    Love all of the above!!

  • Jean

    Recipes are always great to get – the healthier the better

  • Debi

    this is great info…science and all!!! I use tumeric for my arthritis — big help there! — and cook with all but the cumin…which now i will give a shot to! thanks

  • Mark H

    Already making sure I get all of these regularly, but many don’t know the benefits. Thanks for this post sharing the info.

  • Phil

    I absolutely love cooking with all of those.

  • Wendy

    Yes please, recipes! and thank you for all you do. Love my greens…

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