Spices - Turmeric, cumin, pepper, cinnamon
Indian food is all about spices.
Apart from adding colour, texture, flavor and taste to Indian food, each spice stands on its own. Every spice has its own definite character and role to play in the dish it is being used.
But these spices reach far beyond just seasoning. Indian spices are not only used in kitchen but also has various medicinal benefits attached to them.
Turmeric: It is a dried rhizome of a plant in ginger family. This orange-yellow nutritionally rich herb contains good amount of protein, iron, fiber, calcium and vitamin C.
Curcumin found in turmeric is a very strong antioxidant and a natural anti-inflammatory substance.
Turmeric helps in cold and cough and prevents inflammation. It also helps in healing wounds, reduce pain and slow down aging.
Cumin: Cumin seeds come from a flowering plant of parsley family. It has high concentration of essential oils and has many microbial and antifungal properties. The seeds are full of vitamins, and many other minerals such as iron, zinc, thiamine, copper, calcium, potassium, magnesium.
It relieves digestive problems, boosts immune system and helps in common cold. Cumin also helps in stomach pain, indigestion and morning sickness.
Cinnamon: it is an aromatic inner bark of a small tree. The essential oil found in it called cinnamaldehyde which has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also contains antioxidants, and is high in manganese.
It helps in digestion of sugar. It is anti-inflammatory, controls blood sugar levels, and boosts memory.
Black pepper: these tiny berries are fruits of flowering vine which is usually dried and used as a spice or seasoning, commonly known as peppercorns. The essential oil in it has high amount of phytochemical, one of which is piperine, responsible for its characteristic spiciness.
It is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin K, iron, manganese, folate. It also helps in digestion, diarrhea, cough and cold, sore throat, heart disease, fight depression, enhance memory and reduce blood pressure.
Disclaimer; The following article is my interpretation of information I gathered from my nutritionist, internet references and friends working in the same field.
The views and nutritional advice expressed here are not intended to treat or prevent any disease or to replace the advice of your doctor.