Spices: The Superheroes of the Indian Kitchen (Part 2)

If you missed it, HERE is the first part of this article.

Fun fact! India is a great producer of plenty of spices. Out of the 80 types of spices grown in the world, 50 are grown in India alone. Which means that our Indian kitchen is bestowed with so much power and potential.  

With this, let’s continue learning about the stuff makes our Indian food what it is and provides us with immunity boosts and health benefits every meal:

5. Black Cardamom, the Braveheart 

Black cardamom can be used to ease out digestive problems as it reduces flatulence. It also  relieves against throat problems, chest congestion, and gum infection. Due to its anti inflammatory properties and the fact that it helps alleviate muscle spasms, the spice is also of great help to asthmatics and is counted as a great ingredient for respiratory problems. Cardamom also helps in issues like indigestion, constipation, abnormally high blood pressure, asthma, diarrhea, colic, dyspepsia, epilepsy, and carminative. It is additionally utilised for a few other illnesses like  cardiovascular, stomach-related, kidney-related, lung-related and liver-related issues. 

6. The Cool Coriander Seeds  

The coriander seed is packed with so many benefits, that it will leave you in awe. It helps in cell  fortification, and is also anti-diabetic, antifungal, anticancer, anxiolytic, and hepatoprotective. It works against ulcers, post-coital, antifertility, and high cholesterol among several other problems. It is likewise useful in the treatment of typhoid fever, cough, burns, and allergies.  

Made out of fundamental oils, triglycerides, sugars, proteins, and supplement C, coriander seeds are utilised as enhancing administrators in alcohols, teas, meat, and pickles. The seeds have various  conceivable restorative traits including antispasmodic, carminative, and stomachic properties. It contains antioxidants which makes it so useful for not just increasing the shelf-life of foods, but also fighting off  many ailments.  

Dry coriander treats looseness of the bowels and ceaseless diarrhea. It is also utilised for its anti inflammatory and antimicrobial properties to treat various pains. A concentrate of the seeds joined with castor oil is particularly utilised as a solution for stiffness and joint pain.

7. The Bold Black Pepper 

Once upon a time, black pepper was considered a precious commodity for trade. It is because a dash of pepper was known to create an explosion of flavors in even a bland dish.  

Black pepper has the ability to increase the production of hydrochloric acid that aids the stomach in digestion. By virtue of this, it can offer great respite from digestive problems, flatulence, and constipation. It is also anti-bacterial in nature and reduces blood pressure. What more? It also contains iron that is beneficial for the body. So, sprinkle some black pepper on your soups or salads or add it in other preparations to get an extra dose of iron. However, make sure to consume this fiery spice in moderation.  

8. The Therapeutic Turmeric

This wonder spice is extensively used in Indian traditional medicine systems. It contains the flavonoid curcumin, known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in detoxifying the liver,  fights allergies, stimulates digestion and boosts immunity. It helps treat gas, colic, toothaches, chest  pains, and menstrual imbalance. It is a prominent medicine for healing of injury and removal of pockmark  and used in cosmetic treatment as well.  

Further, turmeric is also known to contain cancer prevention agents and is hostile to protozoal, venoms,  microbes, malarial infection among many other things. It also mitigates proliferative and angiogenic  ailments like tumor and is also hostile to maturing properties. It has likewise been utilised to treat ulcers,  parasitic contaminations, different skin infections, resistant illnesses, colds, flus, diabetes, various  allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and many other chronic and hard curable diseases. Traditionally,  women even used a paste of turmeric and oil as it is excellent for skin.  

So, now that you know the healing powers of the various spices in much detail, use them judiciously for reaping their benefits in just the right way! Happy eating!

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Kanika Sethi is a certified holistic healer at RachnaRestores and you can find more details about her HEREFor more such articles and content on health & wellness, don’t forget to follow us!

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