The Health Benefits of Sumac Spice

Many of us living in the UAE eat this sprinkled over salad or soups but have no clue what this spice is.With its tangy flavor, sumac is both a delicious and a healthy spice. Sumac is a staple in both the Mediterranean and the Middle Eastern Cuisine. Itpairs well with soups, salads, mezzes, kebabs, meat and seafood, vegetable and legume dishes.

In addition to its use in various cuisines, sumac has a wide range of health benefits:

-Sumac is a rich source of antioxidants and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Inflammation is the root cause of many diseases, from obesity to Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, and even cancer.

-Sumac is a vitamin C powerhouse. Vitamin C is crucial for a strong immune system and we all know that vitamin C is also beneficial for the skin, slowing down aging and the formation of wrinkles.

-Sumac helps regulate blood sugar levels, lowering the glycemic index of a meal.

-It also lowers cholesterol levels aiding the prevention of heart disease.

(Credit: Asli Cakar, Holistic Health and Nutrition coach)