Capsaicin, the main ingredient in cayenne pepper, may help boost metabolism and relieve an overactive bladder. Add it to soups, dips, spaghetti sauces, pizzaanything that could use a little (healthy!) kick.
Heres good news for the nearly 24 million Americans who have type 2 diabetes and the 57 million more who may be at risk: Cinnamon may help stabilize blood sugar by helping insulin work better. In one study, the spice was found to reduce blood-glucose levels by as much as 29%. Shake it on fresh fruit, oatmeal, or your morning latteor add a pinch to chili.
This bright-yellow spice, common in Middle Eastern cooking and found in curry powder, may prevent pancreatic cancer and fight inflammatory bowel disease, which affects up to 2 million Americans. Try sprinkling it into soups or stir-fry, or mix a quarter-teaspoon into a mug of hot tea and sip. (Add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten up the spice.)