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5 Spices That Boost Your Metabolism!

Updated on November 21, 2013

1. Cinnamon

Not only can cinnamon temporarily raise your metabolism but it also has an impact on insulin sensitivity. This can improve the way your body uses glucose and can make fat cells more responsive which helps stabilize blood sugar.

2. Cayenne Pepper

Spicy peppers, such as cayenne pepper, increase metabolism by causing body temperature to rise. This burns calories as the body cools your temperature back down. As an added bonus, the same substance that gives cayenne pepper its heat, capsaicin, may also aid in digestion and help to ease pain.

3. Ginger

Along with boosting metabolism, ginger is also thought to help enhance satiety and reduce hunger. This makes it an ideal spice for those trying to lose weight! Ginger is also known for its ability to help ease an upset stomach.

4. Mustard

Like hot peppers, mustard increases your metabolism by raising your body temperature. Spicy or hot mustard will be more effect than regular yellow mustard. Add some to your next sandwich to give it a tasty kick and burn more calories at the same time!

5. Turmeric

Tumeric increases metabolism and also aids in digestion. A substance in tumeric called curcumin is thought to help break down fats in the body and help prevent weight gain.

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      John Coviello 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Interesting. I have never heard of Tumeric. What kinds of foods have Tumeric in them?

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      Kara Monterey 4 years ago from Indianapolis

      It's used in curry powder and I believe it's popular in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking.

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      Joan Whetzel 4 years ago from Katy, Texas

      Some of this I knew. But some of it is new to me - like the mustard and tumeric. Cool.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

      Informative hub about ways to improve metabolism . I regularly use ginger in my tea.

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      TasteTro 3 years ago

      It's actually spelled "Turmeric" and it's hailed as a bit of a cure-all - It is said to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti tumour, antibacterial, antiviral properties. It has been used in traditional medicine for stomach ailments, wounds, skin problems... It's also the primary ingredient in Aveda's Hair Loss Treatment. For more spice info, follow @TasteTro

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