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Sore joints? Toothache? Fuzzy memory? A remedy may be in your spice rack. Test your smarts on the benefits of spices in this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

To prevent stomach ulcers, which of these should you add to a dish?

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The correct answer is: Foods containing flavonoids like garlic, apples, celery, cranberries, onions and tea may inhibit the growth of ulcer-causing bacteria.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which type of spice has the most health benefits?

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The correct answer is: While you should use both fresh and dried herbs in your cooking, you'd have to double the amount of fresh herbs to get the same benefits and flavor as dried.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Research shows which of these spices lowers total cholesterol and triglyceride levels by an average of 10%?

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The correct answer is: Unless you happen to be a vampire, garlic is great for your heart health. Research shows garlic lowers blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) by an average of 10%. Other spices with heart-healthy benefits: turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary, oregano, garlic powder and paprika.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these can spice up your sex life?

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The correct answer is: Give your sex life a boost with saffron, which is thought to improve sexual function.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Curry contains which spice shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease?

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The correct answer is: In India, where turmeric is the most popular spice, very few people have Alzheimer's disease. That may be because turmeric seems to prevent the formation of protein plaques in the brain that could otherwise speed up brain aging.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

When suffering from motion sickness you should reach for . . .

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The correct answer is: Ginger can help ease an upset stomach brought on by motion sickness. This spice has also been shown to ease arthritis pain and reduce cancer risk.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

In what form will you get the most benefit from ginger?

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The correct answer is: Powdered ginger, which is often found in teas and drinks, is nice, but the real healing power is found in freshly grated ginger. Steep some in a cup of tea, or add it to a bowl of oatmeal or yogurt.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these herbs may protect against dementia?

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The correct answer is: Research shows rosemary helps protect against and prevent brain aging. It may slow or reduce your risk for dementia and other brain diseases.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Sprinkle chopped chives on your mashed potatoes or soup, and cut your risk for . . .

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The correct answer is: Chives help neutralize the effects of the carcinogens you come into contact with each day. In addition, chives can help slow tumor growth in any existing cancers.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Cinnamon, delicious in oatmeal and cider, offers which of these health benefits?

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The correct answer is: Add the versatile spice of cinnamon to your food and your taste buds and pancreas will thank you. Research shows cinnamon reduces blood sugar level naturally, so your body doesn't have to work so hard to regulate it.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Feeling gassy? Reach for . . .

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The correct answer is: The licorice-like flavor of fennel seeds is a welcome addition to many soups and stir-frys, but the tiny seeds are also a godsend when you're bloated and gassy. Fennel seeds help regulate digestion and can relieve intestinal spasms.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

A quarter teaspoon of which spice in your morning oatmeal helps fight germs and lower blood sugar levels?

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The correct answer is: Cinnamon, a natural germ-fighter, also helps lower blood sugar and reduce blood lipids. Just a quarter teaspoon each day is enough to see many health benefits.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these spices is a powerful anti-inflammatory often used to ease toothache pain?

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The correct answer is: Many gels used to temporarily numb sensitive gums contain extracts from cloves. Clove reduces inflammation while preventing blood clots and infection.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

People with tendonitis can fight inflammation by including which spice in their food more often?

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The correct answer is: The curcumin in turmeric, a bright yellow spice often used in curry powders and sauces, has been shown to ease inflammation caused by tendonitis.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Kick cancer-causing free radicals to the curb with which leafy green herb?

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The correct answer is: Oregano has 42 times more antioxidants than an apple. Use the herb in salad dressings, bread, omelets, or on top of grilled meats to help your body ward off cancer.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these spices should you add to chili or soup to improve circulation?

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The correct answer is: Peppering your food with cayenne can help improve circulation and fight high blood pressure. Not a fan of the heat? Paprika offers the same benefits.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Pass (up!) the salt! Sub out the salt shaker for this spice and retain plenty of flavor.

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The correct answer is: Most Americans get too much sodium in their diets, and a third have hypertension and should reduce salt consumption. To curb your intake, replace the salt shaker with a pepper shaker. You'll get plenty of flavor and your heart will thank you.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these herbs could cut your PMS symptoms in half?

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The correct answer is: Some evidence suggests saffron can help. In one small study, 75% of women who took saffron daily cut in half their PMS symptoms, including anxiety, irritability, depression and middle-of-the-night food cravings.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Adding which of these spices to a high-fat meal reduces the effect of bad fats by 30%?

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The correct answer is: In one study, a blend of all of the above herbs and spices were sprinkled into high-fat meals. The result? Triglycerides were reduced by 30%. Other spices with the same benefit include cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves and garlic powder.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these spices can help prevent the spread of food-borne illnesses such as salmonella?

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The correct answer is: Coriander contains nine different antibacterial agents that have been shown to reduce and prevent the spread of food-borne illnesses such as salmonella.

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