TURMERIC

Looks similar to a ginger root but when cut has a gorgeous orange-yellow color. Turmeric is mainly used in Indian dishes for its medicinal properties and for the gorgeous intensive color it gives to the dishes. It is mildly aromatic and has a delicate scent of ginger. Turmeric is a wonder spice and is used throughout Asia to treat cases of stomach and liver ailments. It is also used externally to heal sores and in cosmetics.

It is the bark of the cinnamon tree that is often used in India in many curries and pulavs to give the dish a rich flavor.

Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants.

Antioxidants protect your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals such as polyphenol.

In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon wound up as the clear winner, even outranking "superfoods" like garlic and oregano.

In fact, it is so powerful that cinnamon can be used as a natural food preservative.