Spices for a healthy life
We all know the health benefits of foods such as broccoli, salmon, berries. But very less know that our kitchen’s spice shelf can act as a secret weapon against conditions such as cancer, cardiac disease, inflammation etc.
Studies have proven time and time again that these spices offer several benefits. Spices help you lower the amount of salt you add to your food while cooking. Therefore rather than flavoring our food with butter and salt, which can lead to heart disease and high blood pressure, use these healthful spices instead.
Let’s look at some common spices and their benefits:
Coriander comes from herb and plant also known as cilantro, which is ground from seeds. Effects of coriander are associated with high phytonutrient content, includes linalool, carvone, and geraniol. Coriander also contains flavonoids which include kaempferol, apigenin, and quercetin. Coriander has antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in the digestion process and lowers the cholesterol level because it also has anti-anxiety properties. After reading this probably the good old coriander would feel more dear to you.
It has been used in India since ages as a spice as well as like a medicinal herb. We generally use turmeric in curries in form of a powder which has a beautiful golden color. It contains phytochemical curcumin which has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Studies prove that Turmeric is useful in conditions such as blood disease, pancreatic and colon cancers, psoriasis and Alzheimer’s disease.
Cumin contains antioxidants, thymoquinone, and anti-inflammatory effects. Therefore it is healthcare in any chronic conditions where there is excess inflammation, such as bowel disorder and cancer. According to studies Cumin helps to fight against many types of cancer, infections, skin diseases, headache and improves digestion.
Paprika is made from dried and ground red peppers, such as chili peppers and red bell peppers. It has antioxidant properties and helps to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and cancer cell survival increases immunity and
Ginger has strong anti-inflammatory properties and helps to ease the motion sickness. Studies showcase that it can lower the risk of colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer and arthritis. Ginger helps to boost the immune system and that’s why it is helpful to fight against infections. Ginger can interfere with diabetes medication and blood thinners, therefore be cautious and ask your
Cinnamon contains a phytochemical and cinnamaldehyde which can fight against viruses and neurodegenerative diseases, lowers blood sugar levels and risk of diabetes and cholesterol. Studies show that it decreases the rate of Alzheimer’s disease.
How much spice is appropriate for food?
According to experts, there is no wrong way to use spice in our food. A very small amount of spice is needed. These spices are really powerful therefore eighth of a teaspoon per serving is recommended. You can try different spices in the same dish, such as cumin, chili powder, black pepper in soups and curry. So not just once in a while, use these several spices regularly in your cooking to make your life more healthy and tasty.
Spices for a healthy life
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