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Heart Healthy HOLIDAY SPICES BY SHEILA WARREN, RN, GMC WOMEN'S HEALTH NAVIGATOR The holidays are coming-and so are some of my favorite flavors. Spices are created from plants and have unexpected health benefits. Just remember Sheila Warren, RN to enjoy them in healthy foods instead of high-fat treats. Cinnamon Cloves These are the unopened flower buds from an evergreen clove tree. When picked, they are pink and turn brown 56 W IN TER 2 0 1 6 Peppermint Peppermint flavoring comes from the leaves of peppermint plants. In summer, sprigs of fresh mint are often available at farmers markets. They can be steeped in tea. Year-round, tea made of dried peppermint leaves is readily available. Health benefits: * Can help with decongestion. * May relieve headache symptoms. * Helps ease indigestion and upset stomach. Cocoa Although chocolate candy doesn't offer many health benefits, one of its primary ingredients-cocoa-is full of nutrition. Cocoa is made from the dried and fermented seed of the cacao plant. For uses that don't involve a lot of sugar, sprinkle powdered, unsweetened cocoa If using these spices is new to you or you have specific dietary constraints, ask your physician before you indulge. Bon app├ętit! on fruit, or add it to dishes like chili or beef stew. Health benefits: * Is a good source of flavonoids (antioxidants). * May help regulate blood sugar. * May lower blood pressure. n APPOINTMENTS Free Wellness Consultation As GMC's women's health navigator, Sheila Warren, RN, can help answer any question you might have, from nutrition to hormones and everything in between. To schedule your FREE wellness consultation, call 678-312-4740. TOP PHOTO BY THINKSTOCK Cinnamon sticks are the dried inner bark of the cinnamon tree. Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices. It's also available as a ground powder. Try adding a dash to your oatmeal, coffee or tea for a boost of nutrients and flavor. Health benefits: * It may help control blood sugar, according to a recent study. * Studies of the oils in cinnamon show it is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. * Cinnamon's scent improves focus. as they dry. Besides sprinkling ground cloves on holiday sweets, you can add a rich note to bean dishes including soup and chili. Health benefits: * They're rich in antioxidants. * Eugenol acts as an anti-inflammatory (at least in animal studies).

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