This a guest post by Rudy, who explains the importance of Indian spices in our day to day life.
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. This a guest post by Rudy, explaining all about Indian spices , their usage to our body giving details on how they help us build immune system and overall health.
Indian food is delicious. I took a class in college on Indian based literature. Not only were the novels excellent, but we got to sample some delicious food during the last week of class. Indian food is notoriously known for having a lot of kick. But did you know that some of these spices are actually quite good for you? Spices you probably use every day are probably boosting your immune system and overall health, and you have no idea. Let’s take a look at some more well-known Indian spices.
Cinnamon: Diabetes Aide
Cinnamon is a bark-like spice that originates from Sri Lanka. According to the Mayo Clinic, research suggests that cinnamon might help to regulate insulin for people with type 2 diabetes. The theory is that cinnamon increases insulin action. Not to mention, it is a much healthier way to sweeten treats than piling on the sugar.
Black Pepper Helps You Lose Weight
This may be a surprise to you, but the black pepper in your Indian dishes helps your body take in more of the nutrients from your food. The outer layer which contains potent phytonutrients 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. Don’t believe it? Invest in a good scale and monitor your progress.
Turmeric Powder: Healer of Many
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and is harvested from the root of a Curcuma longa plant. Alternative medicine has used turmeric for a variety of health issues for centuries. The National Institute of Health has found that turmeric aids in helping to treat arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhoea, 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. Some people even claim that turmeric helps with acne issues, and there’s typically an abundance of it in Indian food.
Ginger Fights Stomach Pain
Traditionally used to relieve colds and stomach troubles, ginger is rich in inflammation-fighting ingredients. In a recent study, people who took ginger capsules daily for 11 days reported 25 percent less muscle pain. This was compared to a group that took placebos. And its not just ginger that can help reduce muscle pain, using a supplement of red congolese has also been proven an effective pain reliever. Another study found that ginger extract injections helped relieve osteoarthritis pain of the knee. Ginger is also great for stomach issues. Studies show ginger extracts can help reduce nausea caused by morning sickness or following surgery or chemotherapy.
Saffron has long been used in traditional Persian medicine as a mood lifter. Many medicinal teas take advantage of saffron. Research from Iran’s Roozbeh Psychiatric Hospital at Tehran University of Medical Sciences has found that saffron may help to relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and depression. In one study, 75% of women with PMS who were given saffron capsules daily and reported that their PMS symptoms (such as mood swings and depression) declined by at least half, compared with only 8 percent of women who didn’t take saffron. Though the downside is that saffron is well known as being one of the most expensive spices.