7 condiments on your kitchen shelf that wear an invisible heroic cape.

Spices in India have a long standing history for its numerous benefits. The disc shaped spice – box containing aromatic whole / powdered spices can be found in almost every Indian household. These spices / condiments and herbs have been used as ‘grandma’s remedies’ since time immemorial.  

These spices improve the flavor of food and have certain scientific and medicinal merits.

Phytochemicals in spices, which primarily serve in plant protection, are considered vitamins of the 21st century. They are also less toxic compared to drugs.

 

  1. TURMERIC: It is the ‘queen of all spices’ in India. Turmeric is made from the roots of the plant ‘Curcuma Longa’. It is also known as Indian Saffron’. According to the journal of American Chemical Society, turmeric contains a wide range of anti- oxidant, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties. It can help prevent prostate cancer, controls diabetes and reduces cholesterol levels.

  1. CUMIN SEEDS: Cumin is the seed of a small umbelliferous plant. Cumin is widely used in Indian cooking – tempering or in the roasted/powdered form. Cumin may lower blood sugar, reduce seizures and strengthens bones. Cumin may have anti- carcinogenic properties.

  1. BLACK PEPPER: Black pepper is the fruit of the piperaceae family and is used as a spice and medicine. It is native to Kerela the southern state of India. The health benefits include relief from respiratory disorders, cough, common cold, indigestion, anemia and cardiovascular disorders.

  1. ASAFOETIDA: Asafoetfida is a spice from the Indian peninsula and it is also commonly known as ‘spice of God’. From the nutritional viewpoint asafetida offers protein, fiber, iron, niacin and riboflavin. Asafoetida is a remedy for indigestion, menstrual pain and body ache.

  1. FENUGREEK SEEDS: Fenugreek seeds is a savoury spice. These pastel green seeds contain Galactomannan which aid in reducing high blood sugars and it acts as a super food for lactating mothers.

  1. FENNEL: The famous saunf’ is a wonderful spice and a freshener . It is used in meat preparations and has a sweet smell. Fennel contains good amount of iron and calcium and is an excellent source of fiber.

  1. CARDAMOM: The mighty elaichi’ is widely used in India to flavor savoury as well as sweet preparations. It has balmy and sweet aroma and is widely used in ‘Biriyani’s’ (rice preparations) and ‘kheer’. (rice sweet pudding). Cardamom helps in combating nausea, reducing heartburn and acidity.

 

So let’s get some health through our majestic old ‘Indian masala’s’.

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