Indian Spices and their health benefits
Updated: Jul 2, 2020
India is the land of spices. There are many indigenous plant species that are rarely found and used in other parts of the world.
India is known for its Ayurvedic medicines, has achieved great advancements in the field of medicine from the time of Sushruta to today’s modern robotic surgery. India is one of the leading consumers and producers of spices in the world. All the spices are regularly used in an Indian kitchen on a daily basis. Turmeric is the most commonly used. Some of the commonly used spices in Indian kitchen are Cumin, Turmeric, Saffron, Cardamom, Asafoetida, Cinnamon, Coriander, Mustard seed, etc. Every spice has its own remedial property which makes it a blessing in disguise.
Grown majorly in South India, turmeric is also known as ‘Haldi’ in North India and ‘Manjal’ in South India, turmeric has been used in Ayurveda or Indian classical medicine. Even now when we suffer from cough and cold, we are advised to take luke-warm milk with a pinch of turmeric. This is basically because of its antibacterial property. Turmeric or Curcuma longa belongs to the family Zingiberaceae. Turmeric has also been used as a dye to provide a yellow color; it is also used as an aromatic stimulant. Turmeric is also used routinely in India for facial care in face packs. Apart from antibacterial property, it also has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric, apart from boosting immunity, plays a vital role in treating Depression, Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Heart-related problems, osteoarthritis, and much more.
Growing majorly in Jammu and Kashmir, saffron is one of the costliest spices in India, the reason being, it requires a lot of labor to cultivate it. It is a powerful anti-oxidant, one of the chief contents being Kaempferol. It helps to boost memory and mood. It has a rich aroma and a distinct taste due to which it is used in Indian sweets like Kheer. Consuming saffron can also lighten and brighten our mood. It also helps in improving Premenstrual syndrome and bad mood-swings due to that.
Saffron is scientifically known as Crocus sativus and belongs to the Iridaceae family. It is also called as ‘Kesar’ in Hindi, ‘Jagran’ in Bengali, ‘Zafran’ in Urdu, ‘Kungumapoo’ in Tamil, and so on.
Majorly grown in Rajasthan and Gujarat, cumin is also known as the Cuminum cyminum in the scientific world. In Hindi it is known as ‘Jeera’, and ‘Jeeragam’ in Tamil. Cumin is also one of the commonly used spices and has high Iron content. It helps in improving blood cholesterol, and also helps in fat loss and weight reduction. It promotes digestion and prevents stomach related problems such as acidity and indigestion. Cumin has a high content of dietary fiber; it also shows some anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. It also helps to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. Drinking a glass of Jeera water in the morning helps to regulate acidity and is overall beneficial for health.
Growing majorly in the Punjab region of India, Asafoetida is also known as Ferula assafoetida scientifically. It is known as ‘Hing’ in Hindi, ‘Perunkayam’ in Tamil, and so on. It helps to reduce the gastric problem, bloating, and other stomach related problems. It helps to relieve from Asthma, and helps lower blood pressure, helps reducing pain during the monthly cycle.
Grown majorly in the state of Kerala Elettaria cardamomum or cardamom is a commonly used Indian spice. It is known as ‘Elaichi’ in Hindi, ‘Yelakkai’ in Tamil, and so on. It is an anti-oxidant and helps lowering blood pressure. It is commonly used in Indian sweets for its distinct taste and aroma. It is also used on a daily basis in tea. It protects us from many chronic diseases. It is beneficial for oral health and prevents bad breath. These also have anti-cancer properties in it. It also helps in curing a cold and cough.
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