Spices That Boost Your Health
Your kitchen counter might already hold the cure for what ails you.
By Nicole Frehsée
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the November 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Good For You: In a 2008 study, 76 percent of women who took saffron capsules daily reported a 50 percent drop in PMS symptoms like mood swings and fatigue. The spice may also help alleviate mild to moderate depression. In a 2005 study, saffron supplements were as effective as a common antidepressant in reducing depressive symptoms.
Tastes Great, Too: Steep saffron in any liquid to infuse whatever you're cooking with its flavor. It's also delicious in desserts; Sercarz likes poaching peaches in saffron-laced fruit juice.