This golden spice, used in almost every meal in India is very valuable.”It is a very powerful healer. It prevents growth of cancer cells and thus can prevent cancer,”says Mumbai-based nutritionist Naini Setalvad. Frequent use of turmeric can lower rates of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer. Turmeric reduces the risk of childhood leukemia. It improves liver function. It increases cardiovascular function which helps limit the possibility of heart attack or stroke. Turmeric lowers cholesterol. This spice protects against Alzheimer’s Disease. It treats Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Last, but not least… Turmeric relieves the painful joint inflammation caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Often used in coffees and other desserts, cinnamon is said to have the ability to reduce blood sugar levels.”This spice contains antioxidants that help lowering levels of bad cholesterol,”says Naini. More good news for women- including this spice in your diet will also ensure less painful cycles. Cinnamaldehyde (also called cinnamic aldehyde) has been well-researched for its effects on blood platelets. Platelets are constituents of blood that are meant to clump together under emergency circumstances (like physical injury) as a way to stop bleeding, but under normal circumstances, they can make blood flow inadequate if they clump together too much. The cinnaldehyde in cinnamon-spice helps prevent unwanted clumping of blood platelets.
Cinnamon’s essential oils also qualify it as an “anti-microbial” food, and cinnamon-spice has been studied for its ability to help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi, including the commonly problematic yeast Candida. Cinnamon’s antimicrobial properties are so effective that recent research demonstrates this spice can be used as an alternative to traditional food preservatives.
Blood Sugar Control ~ Seasoning a high carb food with cinnamon can help lessen its impact on your blood sugar levels. Cinnamon-spice slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating.Researchers measured how quickly the stomach emptied after 14 healthy subjects ate 300 grams (1.2 cups) of rice pudding alone or seasoned with 6 grams (1.2 teaspoons) of cinnamon. Adding cinnamon to the rice pudding lowered the gastric emptying rate from 37% to 34.5% and significantly lessened the rise in blood sugar levels after eating.
Cinnamon’s Scent, Boosts Brain Function ~ Not only does consuming cinnamon-spice improve the body’s ability to utilize blood sugar, but just smelling the wonderful odor of this sweet spice boosts brain activity!
Calcium and Fiber Improve Colon Health and Protect Against Heart Disease ~In addition to its unique essential oils, cinnamon is an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese and a very good source of dietary fiber, iron and calcium.
Good ol’ginger candy has always been an instant cure to motion sickness or has curbed a feeling of nausea. The spice does more than that. Naturally Freshens Breath. Stimulates Digestion. Relieves Nausea, Including Dizziness from Motion Sickness. Helps Lower Cholesterol. Relieves Gas and Bloating. Soothes Common Cold Symptoms, Including Respiratory Infections. Eases Menstrual Cramps. Relieves Headaches. Helps Stop Diarrhea. Believed to Have Anti-Cancer Properties. Swollen Tonsillitis. Boost Immune System. Good for who suffers from arthritis or rheumatism. Ginger can lower cholesterol levels.
Holy basil or tulsi is said to be a great de-stressor as it”reduces levels of serotonin,”Maithili says. Try a tea made of basil leaves and ginger for relief from indigestion, headaches and fever. Chewing on leaves of basil could also reduce symptoms of bronchitis and asthma. It is used as an expectorant for the treatments of diseases like asthma, flu, cold and bronchitis. The leaves are also good for keeping diabetes under control. Leaf extract is used to reduce throat pain and high body-temperature. The extract is also used as an anti-venom for snake bites. It is used along with honey for the treatment of cataract. Holy Basil leaves are used in Ayurvedic medicines. The leaves of these plants are used to prepare “Basil Tea” which helps to prevent diseases like Dengue and Malaria. The tea also treats several health disorders including constipation, diarrhea and indignation. The essential oil is used in the treatments of migraines, headaches and allergies. Massaging with this essential oil extraction reduces arthritis.
This condiment lowers your chances of getting cancer. Other than that, according to Naini,”it helps in lowering bad cholesterol and keeping your blood pressure in control.”It also has anti viral properties and helps in clearing your sinuses.”It helps to digest iron and protein,”says Maithili. Garlic is also a powerful antioxidant that protects your body against damage from free radicals. emedy for the common cold and, more remarkably, as a weapon in the fight against MRSA, and even a “performance enhancer” for men in the bedroom. This month, the South African health minister caused controversy by claiming that garlic can help fight Aids. So what does it really do?
Heart disease~ according to the latest research, presented at the American Heart Association meeting in Washington DC by scientists from the University of Medicine in Berlin, garlic can reduce the risk of heart disease. In laboratory tests, it was shown to reduce dramatically the build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries.
MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) ~ allicin, a compound derived from garlic, which has antibacterial properties, has been used to treat patients with the deadly superbug.
Cholesterol~numerous studies in Europe and America have shown that garlic reduces harmful cholesterol in the blood; garlic supplements can reduce bad cholesterol levels by a tenth.
In the bedroom~ garlic helps to improve the flow of blood to the extremities. Dr Gunter Siegel, who headed a research team in Berlin, says: “Garlic can help with impotence caused by heart disease. A good flow of blood to the groin means that a man should not have a problem with sex.”
Stomach ulcers~ studies suggest that garlic helps to protect against the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, the leading cause of stomach ulcers. And, individuals who eat lots of garlic have a lower incidence of stomach cancer.
Colds~ research has confirmed what our grannies always knew, that people who regularly eat garlic suffer from fewer colds. Anecdotal evidence shows that taking large amounts of garlic at the onset of a cold can reduce the time taken to recover. A traditional remedy is to crush a clove of garlic in to warm milk.
Pregnancy~gynaecologists at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital have found that mothers-to-be who eat garlic boost the birth weight of small babies. They also discovered that it cut the risk of pre-eclampsia.
Toothache~for centuries, garlic has been used to ease the pang of toothache. Traditionally, a clove is crushed to release the allicin, and is then placed next to the tooth. Sometimes the garlic is used in conjunction with cloves or clove oil.
Cumin powder in water with salt and lemon is probably the best way to curb a diarrhea attack.”It also acts as a blood purifier and is an excellent remedy for stomach cramps,”says Naini. Due to its cooling properties, it is added to most drinks and juices during summer. Cumin seeds are loaded with iron which makes them great for keeping anemia at bay. They are also good for pregnant and lactating women who need more iron in comparison. K
Keep away your digestion blues~ This one has been around for centuries. Cumin seeds help keep digestion problems like diarrhea, gas, acidity and bowel spasms to a minimum.
Fight common cold and cough~Jeera-pani is a hand-me-down health recipe which is very commonly used. Just boil some cumin seeds with water and use it instead of regular drinking water. Not only does it taste better, it helps you stay away from common ailments like cold and cough.
Prevent cancer~ Some preliminary studies show that cumin seeds contain anti carcinogenic properties and may help you keep liver cancer at bay.
Help your body absorb nutrients~ Cumin seeds help your pancreases secrete more enzymes which in turn help in the easy absorption of nutrients.
Keep your heart happy~ Everyone knows salt isn’t good for your heart. Adding spices like cumin seeds keeps your heart healthy and your food tasty!
Mustard seeds is said to curb the growth of cancer cells.”it also has anti inflammatory properties and is said to restore normal sleeping patterns in women with symptoms of menopause,”says Maithili. It also reduces severity of asthma and lowers high blood pressure. White mustard has an excellent nutritional value, abounding in proteins and minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Mustard contains mucilages, substances acting as laxatives, and two to three daily doses of one spoonful of mustard seeds aid evacuation. Mustard is also known for its anti-inflammatory qualities. General bath helps relieve the pains associated with rheumatism and neuralgias, while local bath is effective against headaches and colds. Respiratory problems can be treated with black or white mustard seeds. The poultice is applied onto the chest and removed before the burning sensation becomes strong. Warm covering is then put onto the treated area.
Combined with warm water, it promotes blood circulation. In cases of food poisoning, a mixture of spoon of black mustard flour, dissolved in a glass of water and taken on an empty stomach, induces vomiting and thus gets rid of toxins. Poor appetite is improved by adding black mustard seeds to a glass of milk, and drinking this preparation 15 minutes before eating.
Saffron is a powerful antioxidant too.”It is said to be an anti-depressant and can cure bladder, liver and kidney disorders,”says Naini. A li’l saffron in your tea can relieve you of a cold too. Saffron also has antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties. Rubbing saffron on sore gums can provides relief.
Known as elaichi, this spice is also effective in curing stomach cramps. It is also said to cure other stomach disorders like flatulence and acidity.”It also improves your circulation to your lungs, Maithili says. Boil water and add mint leaves and cardamom to it and have it to cure hiccups, suggests Naini.
Benefits to digestion ~ Cardamom is known to stimulate the appetite in the same way in which it spices dishes that are bland. It is known to stimulate the digestive system. It is also able to counteract excessive stomach acid. This is according to the author, Silver Grell. The carminative properties of cardamom help in relieving flatulence and indigestion. Cardamom essential oils studies done on animals have demonstrated the ability of stimulating the production of bile and reduction of gastric juices.
Inhibit Pathogen Growth ~ Herbal Medicines PDR reports that cardamom is able to inhibit the development and growth of viruses, fungi and bacteria. It may help those individuals who are having little resistance to infections and diseases. Its capacity to fight disease and its stomachic properties help in reducing bad breath.
Benefits in Respiration ~ Author Silver Grell says that cardamom helps to improve lung circulation. It soothes mucus membranes. A therapeutic guide to herbal medicine called German Commission E Monographs, verified the safety and efficacy of cardamom for the treatment of colds, bronchitis and coughs. It contains expectorant properties and can lead to a reduction in the production of mucus.
Anti-inflammatory ~ Tea containing Cardamom may help in reducing sore throats. Herbal Medicines PDR has said that Commission E has approved usage of cardamom for the treatment of pharynx and mouth inflammation. Traditional medicines have been using cardamom oil in the treatment of inflamed nerves, back muscles and joints that are swollen. Cardamom has analgesic properties, as Indian medicine and traditional ayurvedic reports that it eases joint and muscle pain.
Masseuses use cardamom essential oil for massages to relax the muscles and for stimulating the mind.
Antioxidant ~ The Association of Physician Journal in India published in August 1998 reported a cardamom analysis of flavonoids and phenolics. It rated the antioxidant cardamom properties at 50-100mg medium levels per serving.
Detoxification ~ Cardamom is used in Indian medicine for treating bladder disorders, urinary tract disorders and the kidney. It also treats other complications such as nephritis and cystitis.
Antispasmodic ~ A study done on animals which published on the July-August Pharmacological Research edition in 1996 verified the antispasmodic cardamom properties. The properties could validate cardamom use in remedies of folk in stopping convulsions and hiccups, relieving stomach and intestinal cramping, relieving morning sickness and reducing vomiting and nausea.
Anti-depressant ~ Use of cardamom in the treatment of depression has not been validated. Some herbalists however claim that tea made from cardamom helps in relieving depression.
Mint or pudina is known to ease symptoms of the irritable bowel syndrome. It is also known to have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Mint oil when rubbed on your forehead soothes headaches too. Mint paste while applied on pimples and acne can cure it. For getting rid of cough cold and fever cure, or fever problems take one glass water drop 8-10 mint leaves in it, now add little amount of black pepper and black salt to it.Boil the water for 5-7 minutes now drink it after filtering. If you have digestion problem then drop half lemon drops in a glass of water,add some black salt and ground mint leaves to it.Drink the water immediately. If you are getting continues hiccups then take some mint leaves,grind them well and drink its juice.It is very beneficial for stopping the hiccups. For bad breath remedy take some dry mint leaves and make powder of them.Now use this powder as teeth cleaner.This will eliminate the stinking problem plus makes your teeth strong. In summers mint can also be used as mint sauce.Adding onions will make the sauce more tasty and healthy to eat. For getting rid of pimples take some mint leaves and grind them well.Now add 2-3 drops of lemon to it.Apply the paste on the affected parts of your face,wash with cold water after some time.This will not only reduce the pimples but also gives shine to your face. For eliminating cough or asthma problems,take dry mint leaves and grind them well.Make a smooth powder and put it on a glass container.Take one spoon powder with water two times a day.This will reduce asthma problem and decreases the cough. When mint juice is added with salted water and consumed daily it reduces throat infections and helps in clearing the voice.