By Gretchen Roberts
Spices don't just make your favorite meal sing, they're good for you too. Research shows that coronary-artery disease is an inflammatory process, says Mary Hartley, R.D., M.P.H., director of nutrition for caloriecount.com. "Many herbs and spices have antioxidant properties, which help suppress the inflammation process," Hartley says. "Herbs and spices have been used in traditional medicine across the ages and around the world. Tumeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme are all loaded with antioxidants."