Top 7 Seasonings for Health

In this article we’re sharing our top seven seasons for not only flavor, but more importantly, your health. Read below to learn more about the valuable properties of each as well as how to use them in recipes from our Powell Performance Cookbook!



Why we love it:


Lowers blood sugar levels

Anti-inflammatory properties

Powerful anti-diabetic effects

Lowers risk of heart disease

High in antioxidants

Improves insulin sensitivity

Fights neurological diseases (Parkinson’s)

Anti-cancer effects

Can help fight infections



The active ingredient taken from the tree bark is called cinnamaldehyde. This is found in all types of cinnamon and when you use the cheap and easy store-bought kind, there is definitely some in it. The more specific variety you want to make sure to take more of is called “Ceylon”. You can find more of this variety on Amazon and in health food stores if you want to get more specific and have even better health results from your seasoning.


Ways to implement it: Sprinkle it in your coffee or other drinks, serving sizes do not need to be large (1-2 teaspoons goes a long way), flavoring in cooking or baking, adding it to Greek yogurt is also a tasty option.


Recipe from our PP cookbook as an example-




There’s an easy wisdom pun in here, I just can’t put my finger on it. Sage has been used for a long time to not only help with flavor, but also to aide in health. The biggest benefits that sage has on your body can be found below.


High in Vitamin K

Eases menopause

Supports oral health (fights plaque)

Reduces blood sugar levels

High in antioxidants

Supports memory and brain health

Lowers LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol)

Anti-cancer effects


Most people will use sage as a fresh addition to a drink, marinade or serve on top of a protein source. Some others will fry it to help mute some of the strong aroma and taste. We recommend keeping it as fresh as possible and to use it as a topping to an already well-made meal. 



Peppermint is another great thing to grow in your garden (if you have one), or to add into the mix of ways to improve foods you cook with and drink. This is a long time flavoring that people have enjoyed with many great health benefits.


Eases digestion for upset stomach

Fights bacterial infections

May help with headaches

Improved sleep

May help with clogged sinuses

Increased energy


Adding peppermint to meals may be somewhat more difficult, because of the somewhat overwhelming smell and taste it provides. We often recommend to people wanting to get more of this into their diet to use it with tea or other drinks. There are plenty of products out there for you to try and you can certainly make your own at home, but we recommend trying a couple different Teabag options to see if you enjoy it.



Many people don’t know, but there are many different kinds of basil. The one that we most commonly use and that are found in supplements, teas, or other health foods is called Holy Basil.


One of the more interesting things about basil is that it is actually more bioavailable as a dried or crumbled leave than when it is freshly chopped. The bioavailability of Vitamins A, K, calcium, iron and manganese all increase dramatically. This goes back to our other article, Should I Track My Macros, and why it’s so important to understand that different ways of preparing foods, or cooking foods (LINK) is so important and can change so drastically.


Helps fight diabetes & lower blood sugar

Repels insects if used as lotion or planted

Reduces general stress symptoms

Inhibit dental decay

Reduce Blood Pressure for hypertensive

Reduce risk of cancer


A great recipe we love from our PP cookbook is this one below, that has a ton of both basil and garlic mixed together!




This is a common seasoning for a lot of Central and South American dishes and has quite a few health benefits.


Improves symptoms of IBS

May help lower cholesterol

Anti-inflammatory effects

May help control blood sugar

Used to help with diarrhea

Reduce risk of cancer


When cooking with cumin, most Americans will have it in more traditional Mexican cuisine. Foods such as burritos, tacos, enchiladas, etc. will often use cumin as a seasoning. From our cookbook is this vegan burrito dish that can easily have chicken or beef added to it for more protein and can be served over rice or with tortillas to add more carbs and calories.



Having been used for centuries by just about every major civilization from the Babylonians and Romans until modern day, this seasoning has many proven health benefits. The amounts of vitamins and minerals it provides for so few calories is very impressive. It is high in Vitamin B6, C, selenium, fiber and manganese, all of which show great health benefits. 


Improved bone health

Potential performance enhancement

Held reduce blood pressure

Detoxes certain metals in the blood

High in antioxidants & linked to preventing Alzheimer’s & dementia

Improves cholesterol & lowers

heart disease risk


One thing the Cajun people in Louisiana definitely get right is adding tons of veggies, garlic and seafood into their diet. A great meal is to serve this over your choice of high-quality carb like a rice or potato:


Most of us remember mom giving us some Ginger-Ale on the couch when we were sick with a tummy ache, watching Price is Right, staying home from school. As usual, mom had a good idea and was on to something smart. Ginger specifically contains the bioactive ingredient gingerol, which is responsible for most of the positives we see from consuming ginger. It has been shown in the research to limit nausea and improve digestion along with other health benefits.


Reduces nausea

Eases morning sickness from pregnancy

Helps prevent colds and flu

Reduces pain from osteoarthritis

High in antioxidants

Lower blood pressure & heart disease risk

Has been shown to help with weight loss

Anti-cancer effects


Below, find a delicious way to incorporate ginger into your diet and soak up all the benefits!



Remember, like all parts of fitness and specifically nutrition, improving your seasonings, condiments and toppings is a habit you slowly build over time. Improving your education on the topic and then applying it will be what helps you be consistently successful for a long period of time. Click Here to sign up and get someone on your team to help you create and reinforce better habits for your health and performance.




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