There are lots of ways to spice up your life, not only in the kitchen but in the bedroom, too. We favor most of 'em. Why? Because what spices up your taste buds is often so good for your heart that the benefits translate to your love life. (Here's your guide to good and bad fats.)
Here's the latest: Many spices can zap the effects of dangerous fats. Yep. Adding 2 tablespoons of zesty seasonings like rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, garlic powder, and paprika (yummy, right?) to a high-fat meal cuts its risky triglycerides -- bad fats that linger in fat cells -- by a welcome 30%. High triglycerides (100 mg/dL or more) inflate your risk for heart disease. Take our free assessment and learn your heart disease risk.
That's not all. These same spices also help keep your blood sugar steady. And they increase cell-protecting activities in your blood, which defend you against many diseases, from arthritis to cancer. And they make sex better by increasing artery function, though we'll save that for another column.
Now you know why Dr. Mike always carries a packet of ballpark mustard in his pocket and squirts it on practically everything. Like many yellow mustards (not Dijon), it's rich in turmeric, the source of cancer-, arthritis-, and Alzheimer's-fighting curcumin.
Be like Dr. Mike: Sprinkle these seasonings on almost anything. Add combos to chicken and fish; stir them into marinades; toss 'em into soups and sauces; use 'em to give some zing to omelets, veggies, salads, and sandwiches. Use spice to spice up your life and your love life will benefit, too.