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10 Kitchen Spices With Healing Powers

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Ayurveda, the Indian medicine system, is based on using natural ingredients for treatment purposes and often highlights the healing powers of our ingredients that are commonly available in the kitchen. The Indian food system vastly relies on spices and there is a scientific reason to it. The healing powers of these spices are truly amazing and their daily consumption also keeps us fit and fine. There are several severe ailments that can be treated with regular consumption of spices, apart from the endless health benefits that they offer. Some of the spices with healing powers are turmeric, clove, black pepper, fenugreek, coriander, chillies, cardamom, asafoetida and cumin. It has been scientifically proved how Indian cooking system focuses on adding health benefits to routine food through spices. From treating a painful tooth to healing wounds to improving eye sight, these spices can benefit you in several ways. While modern living style relies on eating less, Ayurveda emphasizes on digesting what you eat and having a strong core that can fight diseases and infections.

A perfect example of a spice with great healing power is ginger. According to an article titled Ginger: Health Benefits, Facts, Research, published in medicalnewstoday.com, "During cold weather, drinking ginger tea is good way to keep warm. It is diaphoretic, which means that it promotes sweating, working to warm the body from within. As such, in the wake of a cold, ginger tea is particularly useful.”

Ginger has been used in regular foods as a supplement of essential nutrients to ensure our health and fitness. Ginger is known to be beneficial in treating digestive issues, nausea, pain, inflammation, etc. It is also known to increase overall mortality by keeping you fit and active. Ginger is enriched with nutrients and is known to boost your metabolism with its medicinal properties. Some of these nutrients include carbohydrates, fiber, protein, sugar, sodium, vitamin B6, etc. Similarly, all the spices we use have numerous health benefits.

To know more about different kitchen spices with healing powers, please flip through the pages of this ClipBook.

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Black Pepper

The health benefits of black pepper include relief from the common cold, cough, constipation, indigestion, anaemia, impotency, muscular strain, dental disease, pyorrhoea, diarrhoea, and heart disease.

Garlic

Garlic is well known as a natural health remedy that has long been used to treat various ailments. It is extremely easy to source and can be consumed cooked or fresh. It is most easily included in your food or can be eaten on its own.

Ginger

Ginger is a common ingredient in Asian and Indian cuisine. However, ginger has been used for medicinal properties for centuries in several cultures. Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite...

Cinnamon

One teaspoon of cinnamon packs as much antioxidant potency as a half cup of blueberries, and cinnamon’s natural antimicrobial properties have been shown to fight strains of E. coli, as well as Candida yeast.

Coriander Seeds

Coriander seeds have a spicy citrus-like flavour and are used in various dishes.The seeds of coriander, a commonly-grown garden plant, have a variety of possible health benefits.

Cloves

The health benefits of cloves as well as clove oil can be attributed to their antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, aphrodisiac, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

Cumin Seeds

It is a rich source of iron and hence very beneficial for anaemics as well as lactating mothers and pregnant women, who tend to need iron more than others.

Turmeric

Curcumin, the compound in turmeric responsible for that bright hue, is behind a whole host of the health benefits attributed to the spice. A 2012 study examined one perk of curcumin in particular: the ability of the extract to prevent heart attack...

Fenugreek

The health benefits of fenugreek include relief from anaemia, loss of taste, fever, dandruff, stomach disorders, biliousness, respiratory disorders, mouth ulcers, sore throat, diabetes, inflammation, wounds and insomnia. It is beneficial during pr...

Cardamom

Cardamom is well known as a cooking spice with rich aroma and flavour. What many people don’t know is that cardamom has many health benefits too. Cardamom is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, sulphur, and magnesium along with iron...

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