Indian cuisine has become quite popular all over the world due to its varied tastes and also the use of spices. Spices are added to the dishes not only to add to its taste but also for their many health benefits. Since Indian cooking uses a lot of oil and chilly it can be a little difficult and heavy on the stomach and the spices are added to help ease the digestion process. This is however not the only benefit. Here are some of the very good Indian spices and their health benefits.
This spice is quite pungent, sharp and very strong. Even small amounts of this spice can change the taste of your dish. The smell can also be a little over powering if you are suing it for the first time. It is mainly used for its digestive properties but it also helps reduce flatulence and cold in infants.
Cinnamon has a unique taste that can be both mildly sweet and hot. It helps in digestion and also known to have blood sugar and cholesterol reducing properties. It also helps in case you have nausea or common cold.
Also known as Elaichi, there are two kinds of cardamom- green and black. Cardamom prevents bad breath, indigestion, nausea increases your appetite and also helps elevate your mood when you are depressed. It is also used as a diuretic- helps urinate better and an expectorant that is instrumental in bringing out phlegm from the lungs.
Cloves are quite hot to eat and have many anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties. It is used to toothache for a long time in India and also used in a lot of other home remedies. There are also a lot of toothpaste that advertises cloves as an ingredient.
Apart from adding taste and spice to the food, it is also used as a digestive, stimulant, appetizer, expectorant and a great tonic to calm the nerves. Added with honey or a bit of alcohol it is also a great home remedy for common cold.
They are quite bitter to be taken in the raw form but have some great medicinal properties. They help purify the blood, can be used as a laxative in cleaning out the stomach, help maintain a healthy metabolism, prevent constipation and also helps with a lot of skin problems.
It has a lot of anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat small cuts and bruises. A small amount of turmeric every day in your food will also delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. Its curative powers in cancer patients are also being researched.
This spice is quite expensive but is used widely and is a good source of anti-oxidants. It is also good for the heart.
These seeds have potassium, fiber and Vitamin C. It is anti-spasmodic and helps relieve colic in infants and little kids.