Enhance your taste buds with healthy Indian spices! India is known for its spices and the recipes that use them. Spices have been used to make food more appetizing. Spices brings in along several benefits come with a number of benefits other than making great dishes at the end of the day. Here are a few Indian spices and their health benefits:
Turmeric is one of the most common Indian spices. It is used to make a wide range of dishes and adds colour and flavour to the meal. Turmeric is an antioxidant and is known to fight cancer. It can also prevent Alzheimer disease as well as swelling of body joints. It keeps the liver safe as the toxins are cleansed from the body. It is a powerful antioxidant, contains anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties while aiding to digest the fats quickly.
Asafoetida is a spice with a pungent flavour and is known to treat coughs, asthma, digestion and bronchitis. It relieves the pain experienced during menses.
Cumin seed is one of the common spices and is known to give a boost to the immune system, relieves pain, nausea, cramps, indigestion and diarrhoea. It also works as an iron supplement. It also enhances brain power.
Ginger is a tuber that has a strong smell and great benefits too. It relieves colds, regulates blood pressure and joint pains. It also treats upset stomach, sore throats, acidity, bloating and motion sickness.
Cardamom has healing properties like that of Ginger. It is normally used to flavour the food in the end.
Black Pepper cures constipation, earache, diarrhoea, heart disease and gangrene. It is used both as a flavour and medicine.
Cloves are known for sweet, warm, aromatic taste other than medicinal properties. It has several healing properties and used for stomach upset as well as an expectorant.
Saffron known as the golden spice is expensive and gives a rich flavour and colour to dishes when used. It has the ability to improve appetite and digestion.
Cinnamon is a spice used to control blood glucose levels as well as keep it under control. The spice also reduces swelling, blood triglyceride levels, ease nausea as well as a good source of iron, manganese and calcium.
The oil of mustard seeds helps to control asthma symptoms as well as relieves arthritic, rheumatoid and muscle pain.
Coriander is an antioxidant that helps to stimulate insulin secretion thereby lowering blood sugar levels. It also reduces ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and increases ‘good’ HDL’s.
Aniseed improves digestion and alleviates nausea. It benefits breastfeeding mums and reduce nervousness. It soothes sore throats and coughs helping to clear up congestion.
It is recommended to include these spices in your daily diet to make the most of the benefits that are associated with it.