Pumpkin spice is everywhere and I love it. It is the quintessential fall flavor and I cannot get enough of it. I can hardly resist anything flavored with the spice. But, I hadn’t really given thought to what makes up the flavoring. It normally is a mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves.
Most products flavored as “pumpkin spice” don’t have any pumpkin in them, but the the flavoring is about the spices, not the pumpkin.
I know pumpkin is healthy as it is part of the squash family, but I’ve never considered the health benefits of pumpkin spice itself.
Let’s take a look and see how we are making ourselves healthier with this spice which is a blend of several spices.
This is a slightly sweet spice that comes from the seed of an evergreen tree. It has components that relieve pain, improves brain health, promotes digestion, treats insomnia, promotes oral health, skin care, and regulating blood pressure. This spice should only be consumed in small amounts, however. No worries as long as you stick to premade pumpkin spice blends.
Although generally considered a beneficial spice and has historically been used for a number of uses outside of flavoring. It has been studied with varying results, but is thought to be beneficial for regulating blood sugar, having antibiotic and antifungal uses, promoting heart health, and providing antioxidents. On top of all that, it tastes great.
A clove is the flower bud of an evergreen tree that grows primarily in Asia. It has properities that are thought to aid in digestion, are anti-inflammatory, cures oral diseases, cure headaches, and even have aphrodisiac effects. Hmmm,,,do we need any other reason to like pumpkin spice? LOL
Most of us are aware of the health benefits of ginger which may include aiding digestion, reducing nausea, reducing muscle pain and soreness from exercise, fight inflammation, lowering cholesterol, and lowering blood sugar. There’s a lot of goodness in this root.
Allspice is a pungent spice from an wild evergreen in Central and South America. The possible benefits of this spice are helping digestive problems, improving circulation, and reducing pain.
Our Health is Better Because of Pumpkin Spice
Although I am not primarily interested in the health benefits of pumpkin spice when I enjoy my pumpkin spice latte with my pumpkin spice doughnut on a cool, crisp fall evening in front of a warm fire, I am blown away by the possibility of my health being positively impacted.
Who knew that this spice contained such health beneficial vitamins and nutrients? It has been researched greatly, as I was able to quickly find these benefits.
I’m convinced more than ever now that pumpkin spice is a good thing to keep in my life.