Do Spices help boost Immunity?
India’s love affair with spices is known all over the world. But our understanding of spices may be limited. They’re not just used to induce beads of sweat down your forehead and their purpose goes beyond adding flavor and colour to your food. For ages, they have been used to treat several health problems like cancer, diabetes, obesity, hepatic, renal, and cardiovascular diseases.¹ᵃ
But that’s not all. Spices can also help improve your immune system, helping you fight harmful bacteria. Let’s take a look at four spices that you absolutely need in your life to strengthen your body’s immunity.
Haldi: For a 'Haldi-er' Living
Haldi is that quintessential spice that finds its way into almost all Indian dishes. But did you know that taking it can boost your immune system and help fight off cold?¹ The medicinal properties of curcumin, its active ingredient, are so powerful that you can even call it a magic herb.² So if you have ever hoped for a miracle during a stubborn cold, you know what to try.
Lal Mirch Powder to stay out of Red
Lal mirch powder is so much more than that the spice that adds colour and a fiery twist to your dishes. Capsaicin, the active ingredient in lal mirch, can help control metabolic syndrome, obesity, and diabetes.³ Now you have a legit reason to make those dishes sharp with a measured addition of red chilli powder.
Hold the Fort with Jeera
Let’s be honest - the only good thing about being hit with a bad tummy is getting to sip on jal-jeera. That’s not all there is to the jeera in this refreshing drink, though. It is a great source of iron and rich with nutrients. These nutrients act as your body’s natural defence system. ⁴
Stay Cool and add some Dhania Powder
You might have been recommended chicken soup when you take ill? But did you know that Dhania Powder is also loaded with antibacterial properties that can help protect your body from infections.⁵ The unique flavour and cooling effect of dhania powder makes it a must-have spice on the kitchen shelf.
Amazed by Mother Nature’s ability to heal yet? The good news is that there are so many more spices, each with their unique healing properties. So when you fall ill next time, you know what to reach for - the spice box in your kitchen. Know what to use when and how and it might just help you skip the medicine cabinet entirely.