In our series of healthy living, today we will introduce you to 6 awesome spices that are beneficial for you. These spices are always a part of the Indian cuisine and you will more often than not find these herbs and spices in your kitchen.
Did you know that mustard is actually made from the seeds of a plant that is a part of the cabbage family? Research states that the cabbage family is known to be a strong anticancer group of plants and certain compounds present in the mustard seeds can help to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Mustard seeds are known to generate heat and it is useful in breaking up congestions. It was traditionally used as one of the ingredients in a chest plaster to get rid of congestions. A regular intake of mustard seeds is known to stimulate appetite because it aids in increasing the flow of saliva and your body’s digestive juices. Here is a tip that most of you may not have been aware of – a pinch of mustard powder when added to warm water for a footbath can kill the fungus caused by athlete’s foot. However it is advisable to control the intake of either mustard seeds or powder to not more than one teaspoon because an excess dosage of mustard seeds can cause a laxative effect and and excessive intake of mustard powder can induce vomiting.
Nutmeg is common spice derived from the fruit of the nutmeg tree and is best used when it is freshly grated. It is advisable not to store nutmeg powder because it loses its flavour if stored for a long time. Nutmeg is a spice that is known to lower the blood pressure and cholesterol. It also helps to increase blood circulation and is a very good source of antioxidants because it is rich in Vitamin B. A pinch of nutmeg powder mixed in warm milk can help enhance sleep and regulate digestion.
Cloves are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree and it is known to contain an anti-inflammatory chemical called eugenol. Cloves have been widely used in Ayurveda. A recent study has shown that the compounds found in clove are similar to the ones found in cinnamon and it can help improve insulin function.Clove oil has been widely used even in tooth pastes to promote healthy teeth and prevent bad breath and tooth decays. Pure clove oil is known to provide relief from toothache and cloves when used in cooking provides warmth to the body that helps to increase hydrochloric acid production that is important to digest your food.
Black pepper is one of the most traded spices in the world and it is the dried fruit picked from a vine. Pepper has its mention in Ayurveda as both a spice as well as a medicine and is known to possess tremendous health benefits.
Did you know that black pepper can actually help in weight loss because it stimulates the breakdown of fats, thus increasing your metabolism? Peppercorns mixed with ginger and boiled in water makes an excellent home remedy to get rid of congestions.
Coriander seeds are one of the staple ingredients used not just in Indian cooking, but also in Thai, Mexican and Vietnamese cuisine. Coriander seeds yield cilantro also known as coriander. Ayurveda has a mention of the use of these seeds as a digestive aid. The seeds have been used for thousands of years as a digestive aid. Add half a teaspoon of crushed coriander seeds to one cup of boiling water and let it steep till it reaches the room temperature. Strain and drink to cleanse your body, Coriander seeds are known to calm intestinal spasms and should be consumed by those who suffer from an irritable bowel syndrome. Recent studies showed that coriander is also an anti-anxiety herb and it helps to fight bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. Like most herbs, coriander is also known to act as an antioxidant.
Did you know that consuming raw garlic can help lower heart disease risk by as much as 76 percent? Garlic is known to reduce the cholesterol levels because it thins the blood after it is consumed. With the thinning of the blood, there are lesser chances of blood clots being formed. The sulphur compounds in garlic are known to keep the stomach and colorectal cancer at bay and these compounds are also known to flush out the carcinogens from the body before it can damage the cell DNA.
Garlic is strongly antibacterial and is also recommended when one is down with a sinus infection or common cold.
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