Spices have very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that they are capable of helping us deal with chronic diseases, perking up metabolism and work towards good health. The science of Ayurveda states that though spices are usually seen as aromatics and taste enhancers, most of them hold a valuable key to disease prevention.
Moreover, spices play an integral role in enhancing not only the palatability quotient of Indian cuisine, but its medicinal value as well.
Here are 7 spices that you should be using more often:
Earthy and warming, jeera (cumin) has a fantastic flavour profile and is used in various cuisines across the globe. Its active principle – thymol - works well on the GI tract. Ayurveda asserts that jeera improves the synthesis of stomach acid, bile and digestive enzymes. It peps up the functioning of the alimentary tract and battles acidity, nausea, vomiting, indigestion and even haemorrhoids. Jeera also has generous amounts of vitamins C and E which promise a healthy, glowing skin and a strong immune system. Cumin seeds are also used in powdered form in Indian cooking.
Saunf (fennel) is a highly aromatic, faintly sweet flavoured condiment which is a potent digestive. It has a strong beneficial impact on the digestive tract. It instantaneously treats bloating and flatulence. It is also efficient for treating acidity and heartburn as it keeps the gastric system working well.
Ajwain (carom seeds) is a fabulous source of dietary fibre. In fact, 100g of these minuscule seeds provide 38 g of fibre. This fibre increases the bulk of the faeces and prevents flatulence and constipation by speeding up its movement through the colon. Ajwain is a remarkable detox agent as well. The fibre binds to bile salts and reduces their reabsorption in the colon, and thereby helps maintains normal cholesterol levels. Carom seeds are also packed with health benefiting flavonoids which battle free radical damage.
Dhania (coriander) seeds are strongly aromatic and intensely flavourful. They have a lot of culinary uses across the globe. It is a digestive and prevents GI tract disorders, helps keep cholesterol levels in check, and also has some anti-diabetic properties. Dhania seeds are also perfect for women who suffer from irregular menstruation. Coriander seeds are also available in powdered form from the Tata Sampann range.
Turmeric ranks very high on the list of healthy spices. Curcumin in turmeric is responsible for anti-inflammatory properties; it helps manage dermatitis, arthritis and a host of other inflammatory conditions. Tata Sampann Haldi proffers a minimum 3% of curcumin per packet for your better health.
Ayurvedic practitioners use ginger to manage GI tract disorders successfully. Ginger is packed with gingerols which help deal with nausea, motion sickness, acidity, heartburn and indigestion. It is a perfect instrument for detox as well and helps in getting rid of noxious wastes.
Also known as dalchini, cinnamon is a delicious spice loved by most! It is super versatile and is tastefully used in sweet as well as savoury recipes. Cinnamon helps control blood sugar levels. It has some anti-inflammatory properties as well. Clinical trials reveal that cinnamon is the most nutrient dense spice. It is contains a lot of antioxidants - just 1 teaspoon per day guarantees that you get a health boost. Cinnamon help decelerates the process of ageing, diminishes oxidative stress and eliminates toxins.
Spices are one of the most underrated sources of vital nutrients! They all proffer powerful health benefits whilst introducing full-bodied flavour into our dishes. Just ensure that you use pure spices with no fillers and with their natural oils intact to get these benefits from your masalas. Tata Sampann range offers these spices in natural and pure form. Pick a packet today and make your food healthier.
- The Encyclopaedia of Healing Foods, Dr. Murray and Dr. Pizzorno
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