6 that Boost Metabolism

  1. Root
  2. Turmeric with Black Pepper
  3. Cumin
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Cayenne Pepper

There are tons of spices that can benefit your health as well as spices that boost metabolism. Spices have amazing nutritional benefits that are widely overlooked. Not only do they increase the quality of our foods, they add delicious flavors making our meals much more appealing.

My main goal in this article is to list and explain 6 spices that boost metabolism. You may be surprised of the effects they can have on your body!



Ginger root contains a type of caffeine that naturally provides you with energy, boosting the metabolism and helping you achieve your loss goals. Ginger naturally increases the temperature of your body causing a thermogenic effect and increasing the ability to burn more calories.

Adding ginger to your daily diet can help you feel more energized for your exercise routines and stay mentally focused throughout the day. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory which helps the body recover faster from workouts.

Other reasons you need ginger in your life:

  • Reduces Body Weight
  • Reduces Body Fat Mass
  • Decreases Blood Sugar Levels
  • Increases Insulin Levels
  • Reduces Arthritis Pain
  • Relieves Muscle Pain
  • Aids in Digestion

Turmeric with Black Pepper

#2 Turmeric with Black Pepper

Turmeric is great for boosting the metabolism but the benefits significantly increase when black pepper is included. Black pepper allows turmeric to be absorbed into the body a lot faster; by nearly 2000%. In supplement form, Turmeric Plus contains BioPerine which is a black pepper extract

Not only does turmeric help give your metabolism a boost, it has over 600 reported benefits and considered to be a super food. Just to name a few additional benefits from turmeric, here are several;

Other benefits from Turmeric

  • Increases Energy
  • Helps relieve Joint Pain and Discomfort
  • Maintain Focus and stay Alert
  • Helps to Control the Appetite
  • Helps you Sleep Better



#3 Cumin

Cumin is a spice full of flavor known to be earthy, nutty, spicy and have a warm aromatic scent. It's commonly found in most everyone's spice cabinets, but did you know it's benefits go beyond taste or flavor.

Cumin is a spice popular to native regions of the Mediterranean and Southwest Asia. It is usually used in dishes such as chili, tamales, stews, meat, fish, vegetables, barbecue, and widely used in Mexican food dishes.

There are studies that have shown cumin can help with weight loss. It's low in calories; only 16 calories in two teaspoons and contains a lot of iron. Iron is a vital ingredient for speeding up your metabolism and causing you to burn more calories.

Cumin is also a good source for many other minerals other than iron that include, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B1 and phosphorus. You can get up to 16 percent of the recommended daily value in just two teaspoons of cumin!

Other Benefits from Cumin:

  • Improves Circulation and Heart Health
  • Boost Energy Levels
  • Improves your immune system
  • Reduces inflammation
  • May prevent osteoporosis and improve bone health
  • Protection against eye problems

There are many ways to include cumin in your diet, some of which you wouldn't even taste it, if you' worried about not liking it. If you love it, try adding to your yogurt and egg or other similar dishes.


#4 Cinnamon

What is cinnamon and where does it come from? Cinnamon is a spice made from the inner bark of trees known as Cinnamomum. The stems from the cinnamomum are cut and the bark under the top layer is then extracted and separated from the wood.

Cinnamon sticks are formed once the extracted inner bark has dried. They are usually about five inches long and rolled or curled like the image above. You can find cinnamon sticks in your local grocery stores fairly inexpensive. I like to use cinnamon sticks in my hot apple cider and apple martini's (made with apple juice and maple syrup).

Oatmeal water, is also a very popular way of using cinnamon sticks. Here are the ingredients for a small 2 liter pitcher;

  • 1 Cup of Oatmeal
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Liters of Water

In a blender (Ninja Blenders work Great!), add the oatmeal to one cup of water and blend until well mixed. Add the rest of the water, the cinnamon, and a sweetener of your choice. (Stevia, Truvia, or Honey are great options)

Most commonly, cinnamon is bought in its powder form and used in or on cookies, smoothies, detox drinks, oatmeal, on french toast, and many other ways. Brown Sugar and Cinnamon oatmeal is one of my favorites! For a healthier method of using cinnamon with oatmeal, check out my for CinnaSugar-n-Oats Smoothie. It's absolutely delicious and one of my best creations!

Cinnamon has the ability to increase energy levels and boost the metabolism. It has been scientifically proven to have medicinal properties; loaded with antioxidants that protect the body from oxidative damage. The antioxidants in cinnamon also have anti-inflammatory effects which help lower the risk of disease.

Other Benefits from Cinnamon:

  • Loaded with Antioxidants
  • Inflammatory properties
  • Decreases Risk of Heart Disease
  • Protects against Cancer

Cinnamon is considered to be a super food and great in smoothies, hot cocoa's, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, the list goes on.

Cayenne Pepper

#5 Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne peppers are about 3 inches long and bright red at their ending state, but can be eaten when they are still . They are super easy to grow and depending on your location, they can grow year round or until frost.

Cayenne peppers have been used by Native Americans for at least 9000 years. They are known for their medicinal properties and include a good deal of health benefits, most of which are attributed to the main active ingredient, Capsaicin. Capsaicin gives them their hot taste and causes your body temperature to rise, causing you to burn more calories while also boosting your metabolism.

These hot peppers add a lot of nutritional value to your diet by including Vitamin A & C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, potassium, manganese, and there's even more. There is only 17 calories in one teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

Other Benefits from Cayenne Pepper:

  • Helps to Reduce Hunger
  • Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
  • May Boost your Metabolism
  • Aid in Digestion
  • Relieves Pain when used as a Cream
  • Helps Reduce the Risk of Cancer

These peppers are great to use in detox drinks, jerky marinades, salsa, on pizza, in chili, and even in my ginger tea! So if you are like me and love hot and spicy foods, these are great in most anything. I have a great recipe for Spicy Beef Jerky; see video below.

Devara's Kicken “HOT” Spicy Beef Jerky (with cayenne pepper)




#6 Cardamom

Have you heard of Cardamom? I hadn't until writing this article. It turns out that this spice can provide many benefits including boosting metabolism, eliminating bad-breath, regulating blood pressure & blood sugar levels, decrease heart diseases, diabetes, and obesity.

Wow! It's benefits keep on going… Cardamom extracts can help suppress the appetite by reducing cravings increase fat metabolism in the body.

Cardamom has a strong, pungent flavor with hints of lemon, mint and smoke. Like cumin, it is also has an aromatic scent. It is common to find Cardamom seeds in both green and black and included in many Indian and Middle Eastern dishes both sweet or savory, cooked or baked.

Cardamom is widely used in Indian and Scandinavian cooking. It is an expensive spice, but a little goes a long ways, so don't worry; use it sparingly. It can be bought in the pod, as seeds, or ground seeds. So it seems, from my research, the ground seeds don't hold their flavor for very long so it's recommended to buy it in pods and grind your own as needed.

Some ideas for using cardamom spice include basmati rice, hamburgers, and meat loaves

Other Benefits from Cardamom:

  • Aid in Cancer Prevention
  • Powerful Therapeutic Properties
  • Provides Calcium for Healthier Bones
  • Decreased Risk of Parkinson's Disease
  • May Cure Metabolic Disease

You can find some great recipes to use Cardamom in on the Spruce Eats website.

Final Thoughts on Herbs that Increase Metabolism

Final Thoughts on Spices that Boost Metabolism

Including these 6 Spices that Boost Metabolism; Ginger, Turmeric, Cumin, Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper, and Cardamom into your daily diet can help kick-start your weight loss goals, by providing you with more energy, more iron, improved blood circulation, reduced cravings, and aid in digestion.

The benefits go beyond boosting your metabolism even though that may be your main purpose. Just know that you are creating a healthier new you by including these awesome spices in your foods and maintaining a healthy weight.

In summary, I would like to show you all the benefits from these great spices in one BIG list:

  • Reduced Body Weight
  • Reduced Body Fat Mass
  • Decreased Blood Sugar Levels
  • Increased Insulin Levels
  • Reduces Arthritis Pain
  • Relieves Muscle Pain
  • Aids in Digestion
  • Increased Energy
  • Help relieve Joint Pain and Discomfort
  • Maintain Focus and stay Alert
  • Help Control Appetite
  • Help you Sleep Better
  • Improve Circulation and Heart Health
  • Improve your immune system
  • Reduce inflammation
  • May prevent osteoporosis and improve bone health
  • Protection against eye problems
  • Loaded with Antioxidants
  • Decrease Risk of Heart Disease
  • Help to Reduce Hunger
  • Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
  • May Boost your Metabolism
  • Relieve Pain when used as a Capsaicin Cream
  • Powerful Therapeutic Properties
  • Provides Calcium for Healthier Bones
  • Decreased Risk of Parkinson's Disease
  • May Cure Metabolic Disease

Devara Garrison

Authors Note

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