Saturday, February 5, 2011
The following is a list of commonly used Indian spices and some of their health benefits:
MUSTARD SEEDS -
Prevents toxicity from environmental pollutants like carbon tetrachloride,
digestive tract cancers, and joint inflammation. They have been
used in dentistry in the US as a mild anaesthetic
as well as an anti-bacterial agent.Cloves are anti-inflammatory
and an excellent source of manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin C,
omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and magnesium.
fibre, calcium and iron.
CUMIN SEEDS -
Researchers have found that a substance known as curcumin is found
including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis,
cystic fibrosis, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. It's also shown
promise in cardiovascular and liver protection.
RED CHILI PEPPERS -
These peppers, which include the popular cayenne pepper,
contain capsaicin, an anti-inflammatory compound that helps with pain relief.
Clear congestion by clearing mucus from the lungs and nose
Boost immunity, prevent stomach ulcers by killing bacteria,
help with weight loss, reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels and platelet aggregation
Prevent cancers, including stomach cancer and relieve pain.
Ever since its introduction to India in 1498, chillies have been included in Ayurvedic medicines and used as tonic to ward off many diseases. Chillies are good for slimming down as it burns the calorie easily. Chillies stimulate the appetite, help to clear the lungs, and stimulate digestive system.(I read this in many magazines and fitness related websites)
BAY LEAF -
eugenol, a compound with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant
properties, explaining their long-use in herbal cold remedies.
CARAWAY SEED -
and to boost immune function. It also aids digestion,
settling the stomach, and relieves bloating.
This versatile spice is included in a wide range of dishes, from
included in liver detox. Cardamom has also been used as both
an aphrodisiac and to fight obesity. Yet more study needs to be
done on how well it may aid weight loss.