Health Benefits of Indian Spices


Indian food is delicious. I took a class in college on Indian based literature. Indian Spices not only doubles the taste of your food, but also has tremendous health benefits like building immunity, diabetes control, heart burn, arthritis. etc.Spices have been closely connected to magic, cultural traditions, preservation, medicine and embalming since early human history. Spices were a key component of India’s external trade with Mesopotamia, China, Sumeria, Egypt and Arabia along with perfumes and textiles much before the Greek and Roman civilizations.

Cinnamon:
This spice is aromatic and has a refreshing taste. You can add cinnamon in curries, pulao and even desserts; it adds spark to a bland dish. But research on this woody spice tells us that it is also diabetes-friendly and if you show symptoms of insulin resistance, cinnamon will help reduce it.

Black Cardamom:
Do not confuse it with green cardamom; black cardamom is a common spice in briyani. Apparently this spice is also used as anti-venom for snakes and scorpions, but try it out at your own risk.

Black cardamom eases out digestive problems and reduces flatulence, it is known to relieve you from throat problems, chest congestion, and gum infection. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties and the fact that it can alleviate muscle spasms, black cardamom is a saving grace for asthmatics. It is a great ingredient for respiratory problems.

Turmeric :
The National Institute of Health has found that turmeric aids in helping to treat arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, and loss of appetite. Turmeric is also used as a topical treatment for issues like skin inflammation, infected wounds, and ringworm.

Black Pepper :
The outer layer which contains potent nutrients stimulates the breakdown of fat cells. This is why black pepper ranks high among the best weight loss aids. Try using black pepper in more of your meals beyond just Indian food. It will help you reach your target body fat percentage.

Cloves :
The antiseptic and antibiotic properties of clove oil are used in medicines especially in dentistry, oral and pharyngeal treatments. It has wider applications in preparations of toothpaste and mouthwashes, soaps and perfumes. It is also reported to help diabetics in sugar assimilation.

Garlic :
Garlic with its antiviral and antibacterial properties helps in boosting immunity and keeps one looking fresh and healthy. Garlic’s ability to fight infections and bacteria makes it an effective cure for warts and skin problems. Garlic’s antibacterial and anesthetizing properties can help cure toothaches.

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