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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- On this Medical Monday, spicing up your holidays isn't just tasty, it's good for your health. Here are three holiday spices that have serious health benefits from Yahoo! and Self Magazine.

    1. Cinnamon - Cinnamon actually lowers your "bad" cholesterol and keeps blood sugar in check, which possibly aids in weight loss, too. The spice also has anti-inflammatory properties. You can lower your risk of heart disease with a mere half teaspoon a day. And as if you needed one, cinnamon is also an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent.

    2. Peppermint - This classic holiday spice is famous for relieving stomach problems, so sip on a festive cup of peppermint tea to ease bloating, nausea and cramps.It doesn't end there, you can also rub peppermint oil on your temples to alleviate headaches and reduce stress naturally. Because it's also antimicrobial, chewing on peppermint leaves is sure to keep your bad breath at bay, too.

    3. Nutmeg - This holiday spice has been used for its healing powers since ancient times. Famed for inducing drowsiness, nutmeg is great to sprinkle into herbal tea before bed if you battle insomnia. It can also help to regulate your digestive system.

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