How Indian Spices Benefit Your Health

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Indian cuisine. It’s colorful, flavorful, and the spices are not only tasty moreover do they come with a plethora of health benefits. These spices can be used in either sweet or savory dishes and they will leave your taste buds asking for more and more. Take a look at our list below for some common Indian spices and the surprising medicinal benefits that each one provides.

Turmeric: This golden coloured spice is not only great for adding color to your dish, but the health benefits are pretty immense. This spice is harvested from the root of a curcuma longa plant, a member of the ginger family. For thousands of years, Ayurvedic medicine has been using turmeric for a variety of health reasons. The National Institute of Health has found from studies that turmeric aids in helping to treat arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, and loss of appetite. Turmeric is also used as a topical treatment for bodily issues like skin inflammation, infected wounds, and ringworm.

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Black Pepper: Black pepper is not really a spice that many people associate with Indian cooking. However, these little peppercorns definitely have their most venerable roots in India. By now, they are one of the most traded spices in the world and are commonly found in plenty of European dishes, often paired with salt. Black pepper aids in digestion, congestion, for an upset stomach and the same also offers help to stop the bleeding on a cut when applied topically.

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Cardamom: Native to the forests in India, these green pods are commonly used not only in cooking Indian dishes, but also in Chai—also known as the Indian tea. In order to get the full benefits of this spice, the outer shell needs to be broken to expose those tiny pods inside. It can be used to prevent a number of digestive problems including, bloating, gas, heartburn and loss of appetite—it can even treat bad breath and is also commonly used as an after-meal breath freshener. In preliminary studies it has also been shown to have counteractive cancer fighting effects against non-melanoma skin cancer. However, more research is very much needed before cardamom can be recommended for cancer prevention.    

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Clove: The little bud resembles just a tiny flower used not only in Indian cuisine, but in African and Middle Eastern as well. In cosmetic uses, clove’s presence is found in toothpastes, soaps, and perfumes. Indian healers have used the oils, flower buds,and stems from the plant in a wide array of medicines. For example, clove is possibly effective in helping with premature ejaculation when applied directly to the male sexual organ. Clove oil can also help with pain when applied topically, and can help with stomach issues like gas, nausea, diarrhea and upset stomach.

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If you have never tried any of these before, you may please make sure to check with your doctor before enjoying any of these spices especially if you are taking any medicines. Any information mentioned here is not intended to cure, aid, or prevent any disease. You can also buy dry fruits other than spices.

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