The Spices in Chakra 4's Moroccan Nomad Stew Are Good -- and Healthy

Most restaurants won't sell you the spice blends that they use in their renowned dishes, but that's one of the many things that sets Chakra 4 Herb & Tea House apart. The staff is passionate about the ingredients used, especially their medicinal properties, so the food they serve is as good for you as it tastes. And since Chakra 4 has racked up several Best Of awards and its Moroccan Nomad Stew landed at number one on our list of favorite vegetarian entrees in metro Phoenix, you can be assured that the food tastes damn good. In large part, those memorable flavors come from the spices, which are said to have health benefits all their own.

The hearty, rich vegan stew is made with vegetables, chickpeas, raisins, cashews, and a blend of Moroccan spices and is served over quinoa pilaf. But this dish wouldn't be so irresistibly delicious without that signature spice blend, so what exactly goes into it, and what are those health benefits we've heard about?

Turmeric is an antioxidant that provides liver support, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and is touted to have anti-cancer properties.

Cinnamon helps to eliminate cholesterol, lowers blood sugar, improves circulation and digestion, and is also an aphrodisiac.

Ginger is an anti-inflammatory that aids in the digestion of protein, increases circulation, and is said to increase the effectiveness of all other herbs, foods, and medicines.

Clove is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic and also provides digestive support.

Four-Pepper blend increases digestive power, enhances circulation, and enhances all the positive properties of turmeric.

This Moroccan spice mix is available to purchase in the herbal store (in the same location as the restaurant). For more information about how herbs and spices can be as healthful as they are helpful with flavor, simply stop by Chakra 4 and strike up a conversation.

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