Indian cuisine, be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks, is laced with a wide variety of spices. Spices can do magic to your taste buds, but they can do a higher level of magic to your health. There are three essential spices that do the magic. Here is how.
- Chilly Peppers : The Andhra Chilly, Kashmiri Chilly, Green Chilly, Shimla Mirch, Kanthari Mulaku or the very hot Raja Mircha… The diverse nation has its diversity also in its spicy Chillies. The chilly peppers contain something called Capsaicin and the spicier the chilly, the better. Capsaicin not only gives the Chilly its spice but also has a variety of medical benefits including pain relief, heart health, fighting prostrate cancer and stopping ulcers.
- Turmeric: Turmeric, the essential component in any Indian curry, not only helps in giving the food a lovely bright colour but also provides a handful of health benefits. Turmeric is considered to be an antiseptic and is helpful in cleaning the meat, fish or vegetables. Turmeric as well as ginger from the same family is of aid to reduce inflammation in arthritis patients. It is also believed to block the formation of some types of cancers.
- Garlic: Garlic has many ardent followers in India and it is enjoyed in curries, rice or even in the form of garlic bread or pizzas. Which ever form you eat it in, it can be trusted as something good for your health. It is a common ingredient for a lot of natural remedies and traditional medicine. It has anti-fungal, anti bacterial and anti viral effects. Studies show that it can stop blood clots from forming in your arteries and hence is recommended for heart patients.