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A Deeper Look at Indian Spices with Luke Coutinho

Luke Coutinho

Luke Coutinho
06 March 2020

This article is authored by Luke Coutinho. Luke is a globally renowned and award winning Holistic Lifestyle Coach in the field of Integrative Medicine.

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Let’s imagine a typical spice box that’s commonly found in Indian households. It’s full of vibrant colours, aromas, and tastes. Containing spices like turmeric, jeera (cumin), ajwain (carom seeds), heeng (asafoetida), black pepper, clove, elaichi (cardamom), and many more, this spice box is a complete medicine kit, too. These spices, apart from making our daily meals delicious, can also take care of our immunity, digestion, gut health, acidity, inflammation, pains, metabolism, fat-loss, blood sugar management, lipid control, blood pressure, etc.

When these spices are added to our meals in the right proportion, they are simultaneously utilized by the body for various health benefits. Let’s take a look at some of these spices and what benefits they offer to us:

1. Haldi (Turmeric)

Famously called the ‘yellow gold’ in many parts of the world, turmeric is known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. With the presence of its key compound - curcumin, turmeric can treat anti-inflammatory conditions, skin diseases, wounds, digestive ailments, cognitive health (especially for conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Dementia, etc.), immunity as well as liver conditions. Turmeric is added in most Indian dishes, making it one of the regular ingredients of your meals. Turmeric milk before bedtime is mostly advised for a better sleep and stronger immunity, too.

2. Jeera (Cumin)

Commonly known as jeera, cumin is an excellent source of iron, magnesium, manganese, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin B1. It facilitates better digestion and has several antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-microbial & antibacterial properties. So, if you feel a bit under the weather, you can rely on the addition of jeera in your meals since it has the ability to fight off viruses, bacteria, and fungi in your system, boosting your overall immunity. Cumin also lowers blood sugar levels, detoxifies your liver, and lowers cholesterol & triglyceride levels. You can take a little bit of this miraculous spice, boil it in water, and drink it to enjoy its health advantages. Its brew/tea is also an excellent fat burner!

3. Cinnamon (Daalchini)

Cinnamon is a popular spice that’s used all over the world for both savoury and sweet dishes. The key ingredient is cinnamaldehyde that has multiple health benefits. It helps lower blood sugar levels while reducing heart risk factors by lowering LDL levels (bad cholesterol). It’s also loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Studies have, in fact, even shown that regular and balanced consumption of cinnamon has an anti-diabetic effect on the human body as well! You can add cinnamon to your smoothies or you can even sprinkle a little bit of powder on stewed fruits like rhubarb and apples or a tasty snack. And goes without saying – certain baked goods like cookies and rolls, taste best with some cinnamon powder sprinkled on them!

4. Nutmeg (Jaifal)

Cinnamon is a popular spice that’s used all over the world for both savoury and sweet dishes. The key ingredient is cinnamaldehyde that has multiple health benefits. It helps lower blood sugar levels while reducing heart risk factors by lowering LDL levels (bad cholesterol). It’s also loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Studies have, in fact, even shown that regular and balanced consumption of cinnamon has an anti-diabetic effect on the human body as well! You can add cinnamon to your smoothies or you can even sprinkle a little bit of powder on stewed fruits like rhubarb and apples or a tasty snack. And goes without saying – certain baked goods like cookies and rolls, taste best with some cinnamon powder sprinkled on them!

5. Fennel Seeds (Saunf)

Cinnamon is a popular spice that’s used all over the world for both savoury and sweet dishes. The key ingredient is cinnamaldehyde that has multiple health benefits. It helps lower blood sugar levels while reducing heart risk factors by lowering LDL levels (bad cholesterol). It’s also loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Studies have, in fact, even shown that regular and balanced consumption of cinnamon has an anti-diabetic effect on the human body as well! You can add cinnamon to your smoothies or you can even sprinkle a little bit of powder on stewed fruits like rhubarb and apples or a tasty snack. And goes without saying – certain baked goods like cookies and rolls, taste best with some cinnamon powder sprinkled on them!

6. Carom Seeds (Ajwain)

Cinnamon is a popular spice that’s used all over the world for both savoury and sweet dishes. The key ingredient is cinnamaldehyde that has multiple health benefits. It helps lower blood sugar levels while reducing heart risk factors by lowering LDL levels (bad cholesterol). It’s also loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Studies have, in fact, even shown that regular and balanced consumption of cinnamon has an anti-diabetic effect on the human body as well! You can add cinnamon to your smoothies or you can even sprinkle a little bit of powder on stewed fruits like rhubarb and apples or a tasty snack. And goes without saying – certain baked goods like cookies and rolls, taste best with some cinnamon powder sprinkled on them!

7. Cardamom (Elaichi)

Cinnamon is a popular spice that’s used all over the world for both savoury and sweet dishes. The key ingredient is cinnamaldehyde that has multiple health benefits. It helps lower blood sugar levels while reducing heart risk factors by lowering LDL levels (bad cholesterol). It’s also loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Studies have, in fact, even shown that regular and balanced consumption of cinnamon has an anti-diabetic effect on the human body as well! You can add cinnamon to your smoothies or you can even sprinkle a little bit of powder on stewed fruits like rhubarb and apples or a tasty snack. And goes without saying – certain baked goods like cookies and rolls, taste best with some cinnamon powder sprinkled on them!

8. Fenugreek (Methi ke Daane)

Cinnamon is a popular spice that’s used all over the world for both savoury and sweet dishes. The key ingredient is cinnamaldehyde that has multiple health benefits. It helps lower blood sugar levels while reducing heart risk factors by lowering LDL levels (bad cholesterol). It’s also loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Studies have, in fact, even shown that regular and balanced consumption of cinnamon has an anti-diabetic effect on the human body as well! You can add cinnamon to your smoothies or you can even sprinkle a little bit of powder on stewed fruits like rhubarb and apples or a tasty snack. And goes without saying – certain baked goods like cookies and rolls, taste best with some cinnamon powder sprinkled on them!

Staying healthy and strong should be everyone’s priority, but it really does not have to be boring. If we just look around in our kitchen, so many ingredients that we use in our daily meals actually help and maintain our health for us without us even realizing it! When you’re also mindful of what’s going in your body, you’d realise the multitude of benefits that we can reap from these commonly available spices!



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