All spices cause a chemical reaction in your body when you eat them. .. and different ones at that pending what else is going on your body and what else is inn your body at what point in metabolism.
Pretty standard immune boosters are garlic / mustard / chilli / curry / pepper / basil / rosemary / paprika and so on.. then there are others that cool down your system and slow things down for you - like corriander and chamomile and maybe sage and etc.
there are some really good ranges of fresh herbs in a tube you can buy in the produce fridge of your supermarket and they will help you out too .. for flavour aand health.
here is one search list to get you started . Eating for good health + spices - Google Search
the term "healthy" is really subjective to what individual needs and predisposition are at any given time. chinese believe a pallette of 16 different flavours / textures and ph.s and temperatures every 48 hrs is the best way to go.
maybe go to a health shop and ask someone in there. I'm sure they'd love to help you out.
I believe I've made posts before on different spices but I guess it never hurts to refresh especially when I've learned of a few more.
So here is a list and what they do:
Allspice: relieves indigestion and flatulence Basil: good for digestion Black Pepper: improves digestion, promotes intestinal health, antioxidant and antibacterial Cardamom: antioxidant properties and can restore healthy levels of glutathione. Cayenne: increases metabolism Chili pepper: helps relieve arthritis Cilantro: Toxic cleaners especially of heavy metals and also aids with insomnia, blood cleanser Cinnamon: Reduces IR, reduces LDL and triglycerides, boosts metabolism, help with digestion and diarrehea and stomach problems, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory. Cloves: reduces pain and fights infections, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant Cumin: helps with digestion, anti-cancer, lowers blood glucose Curcumin: liver cleanser, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, and antimicrobial, cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal disorders Dandelion: liver disorders, appetite loss, indigestion, and fluid retention Dill Weed: antibacterial, reduces free radicals and carcinogens, helps prevent bone loss Garlic: lowers blood pressure and LDL, reduces flatulence Ginger: excellent digestion aid, soothes upset stomach, anti-inflammatory Lemongrass: reduces cholesterol Mint: help with digestion Mustard: helps asthmatics and those with upper respiratory issues Nutmeg: aids in circulation, male impotence, indigestion, anxiety, lowers LDL Oregano: antibacterial, powerful antioxidant, anti-biotic, immune booster Parsley: blood cleanser, inhibits tumor growth, neutralizes carcinogens Paprika: immune booster, anti-inflammatory, anticancer Peppermint: treats gastric and digestive disorders, helps with tension and insomnia Rosemary: helps headaches, analgesic, anticancer, help cataracts Turmeric: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, inhibits cancer in prostate and stomach Saffron: boosts immune system, inhibits tumors on skin, colon and soft tissue Sage: memory enhancer, helps digestion, anti-inflammatory Sea Salt: helps weak adrenals, full of trace minerals, balances electrolytes Thyme: antimicrobial in food
oh nice. i cook a lot of chicken ahead of time. i fill a fryer with a couple tbs of olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice and probably too much garlic then cook it at a low temp. but hmmmm.... i think i'll pick up more spices.
you don't get what you wish for ~ you get what you work for