The foods we eat have a big impact on our longevity, and some herbs and spices can be helpful in contributing to a longer lifespan due to their anti-inflammatory and immunity-boosting properties.
Ginger: This root is an immunity superfood and has also been linked to anti-cancer properties. Enjoy it in a stir fry, as a tea, or, if you’re feeling brave, as a juice shot. For more, see Health Benefits of Ginger
Turmeric: Another immunity powerhouse, turmeric has the powerful antioxidant compound curcumin. A small double-blind study even linked the spice to improved memory and attention. You can take curcumin as a supplement or enjoy turmeric in your favorite curry.
Spirulina: Don’t let its vibrant color throw you off, these green cyanobacteria are grown in water and contains iron, potassium, zinc, calcium, and B vitamins. It’s a great way to get more vitamins and plant matter into your diet so enjoy it as a capsule or in powdered form in your smoothies.
Chili peppers: Their spicy component, capsaicin, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can lower your risk of heart disease. Enjoy it in any and all dishes that need a bit of a kick.
Ginseng: Often associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginseng is the oldest medicinal herb and helps boost the body’s resistance to stressors. It has been linked to immunomodulatory and anti-cancer effects.
Wild blueberries: The sweet outlier on our list, wild blueberries help clean up free radicals and are high in gut-boosting fiber and antioxidants. They generally have thicker skin than grocery store varieties, but they are so delicious - it’s easy to add them to your smoothies, yogurt, cereal, or even eat them plain! Blueberries are packed with phytochemicals which reduce inflammation and enhance neuroplasticity. One study found that children and adults who consumed blueberries saw positive mental health benefits just two hours after consumption. See Foods to Combat Depression
A whole host of factors, including diet, lifestyle, and genetics, determine one’s longevity, but the natural powers of these herbs and spices make them a great compliment to a healthy and active lifestyle for boosting your lifespan.