5 Common spices that provide health benefits
India has been known as the land of spices since time immemorial. There's hardly anyone to be found whose kitchen doesn't contain spices in one form or another. Spices not only make the food taste yummy but also impart several health benefits and even improve several health conditions like high/low blood pressure or blood sugar.
Let's take a look at some of the important health benefits of certain spices very commonly found in our kitchen.
• Cinnamon for blood sugar
Cinnamon is a type of spice that adds sweetness to food naturally without adding any sugar. It is a better alternative to products advertised as "sugar-free," which are actually not as healthy as they show. Thus, it is an excellent source of mild sweetness in food for diabetic patients, and studies have shown that it lowers the blood sugar level of type-2 diabetes patients. Cinnamon also reduces the risk of heart problems by reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels. So that's a win-win situation!
• Turmeric for inflammation
The common "Haldi" powder (turmeric) used in almost every Indian food is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Due to this, it is also effective in reducing pain and swelling caused by arthritis. Some studies have linked turmeric with anti-cancer properties, and another study stated turmeric helped improve brain functions with its consistent use. That's an absolute powerhouse of health benefits!
• Garlic for the heart
Researchers have linked garlic as a great food for optimum heart health. In their studies, garlic has been shown to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides as well as keep blood vessels flexible, thus, maintaining good heart health and promoting overall good health.
• Pepper (Chilies) for pain & ulcer
Cayenne is a type of chili pepper, more commonly found in Southwestern cuisine. Cayenne, along with other common chilies (Green chili, red chili, etc.), contain a substance called capsaicin which is associated with pain relief. It does so by reducing the number of pain receptor signals sent straight to the brain, thereby reducing the feeling of pain. It is especially useful for pain from arthritis and diabetes-related nerve damage. Capsaicin creams are available for external use directly on the affected joints, such as the knee joints. Cayenne has also been linked to the reduction of internal ulcers by restricting the growth of a certain strain of ulcer-causing bacteria.
• Ginger for nausea
Ginger is a common Indian remedy for treating headaches, sore throat or blocked nose, and even an upset stomach. Research has found it effective in relieving diarrhea and nausea as well. Pregnant women are suggested to intake ginger to reduce pregnancy-related nausea. Ginger has also been found effective in alleviating motion sickness and reducing its symptoms altogether.
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