Spices play a significant role in the way we cook and consume food around the world. Every spice has its own flavoring and essence, and its addition or omission can literally make or break a dish. There are many spices we use in our day to day cooking, these include popular ones like cumin, black pepper, turmeric, and coriander seeds. In ancient times, India attracted traders from remote parts of the world in search of exotic spices.
Many of these traders went back with their share, while some even settled down and brought in some of their home-grown spices. Such is the role of spices in Indian culture. Spices are known to have several health benefits; in fact, it’s the addition of a bouquet of spices, that make traditional Indian home-cooked food one of the healthiest meals eaten around the world. Spices come with notable nutritional values and provide some major health benefits.
From our many lists of Spice that we add in our cooked food. Here are the first 5. Check the health benefits of it.
- Anise: Star anise is usually used for culinary purposes in Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisines. Star anise is a rich source of two important antioxidants namely linalool, an essential oil, and vitamin C that protects the body against cellular damage caused by environmental toxins.
- Allspice: It is a kind of berry that combines flavors of pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon for a power-packed flavor dose. It helps in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, improves circulation, promotes dental health, enhances immunity, and promotes heart health.
- Ajwain: Ajwain is also known as carom seeds. Carom seeds are often chewed for medicinal purposes. Despite a partially bitter taste, ajwain or carom seeds provide a whole host of health benefits. Ajwain promotes digestion, cures stomachache, and helps relieve tooth pain. These seeds are rich in calcium, proteins, and fiber too.
- Black Pepper: A pinch of black pepper when added to any recipe enhances the flavor manifold. Black pepper, also known as the king of spices, promotes weight loss, helps relieve cold and cough, improves digestion, boosts metabolism, and treats many skin problems. In fact, a glass of haldidoodh becomes much more therapeutic with a pinch of black pepper.
- Black Cumin: Black cumin seed oil helps in preventing asthma, allergies, and other respiratory issues. It contains antioxidants, beneficial acids, and b-vitamins that balance the immune system. Black cumin seeds contain antioxidants, beneficial acids, and b-vitamins that balance the immune system. Moreover, they have been found superior to almost every other natural remedy when used for autoimmune disorders.