Spices form the crux of new world cuisine, delivering a lip smacking taste to the otherwise bland food. While the generous use of spices is a time honored tradition and essential ingredient in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines, Western culture has imbibed the spice trade imports to flavor their dishes. Recent research has shown that not only spices add the necessary twang, but also provide health benefits than ever thought before. So, add a liberal sprinkling of spices to your food to ward off heart diseases, cancers and boost up metabolism.
Chilli Peppers: Peppers contain an active component capsaicin, which is able to monitor medical ailments like achy joints, heart diseases, prostate cancer and ulcers. So go out there and pick up a chilli pepper with the highest capsaicin to get the wonderful, fiery jolt of heat!
Cinnamon: Cinnamon powder or bark is widely used in both savory and dessert dishes as a condiment or a flavoring material. Commonly, the pungent spice is found in chocolates, pies, liqueurs, donuts and buns as well as hot Asian curries. Pair cinnamon with a multitude of your other cooking ingredients to receive benefits like healthy arteries, low blood sugar levels, and low cholesterol.
Turmeric: The sunny, bright yellow colour of turmeric contains curcumin which has antitumor, antioxidant, antiarthritic, antiamyloid, anti-ischemic, and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, turmeric is proven to heal burns, prevention of cervical cancer and is beneficial for the skin. Next time you’re in a spice shop, don’t forget to pick up a packet of tumeric – the miracle spice!
Parsley: The little twigs of parsley ever so famous for fighting bad breath does more than just that. It is known since Roman times to help pass kidney stones, counter deafness and prevent blockage of arteries. Just a note, pregnant women shouldn’t consume too much parsley as it can have ‘uterotonic’ (induce labour) effects.
Garlic: The pungent taste of garlic may not to be the likes of many, but it is a widely used for seasoning or as condiment in many countries, particularly Asia. Since centuries, garlic is conventionally used as a herbal medicine to treat antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal diseases. Garlic is also known to prevent heart disease, certain types of cancer and helps fight common cold.
Ginger: Similar to garlic, ginger also claims medicinal properties such as the ability to reduce the pain from arthritis, help in blood thinning and lower blood cholesterol. Ginger is used to treat motion sickness and nausea arising from air / sea travel, post-operation and chemotherapy.