Healthy Indian Spices
In a recent Harvard Health Publication, the Harvard Medical School suggests that eating Turmeric, coriander, and cumin may boost your health. In addition to your health it definitely ‘spices’ up your dishes and allows it to shine with flavor.
A lot of us know about the health benefits of Salmon, Kale, Fruits and Nuts. Do you know that spices also hold valuable weapons to fight against inflammation, heart disease, cancer, and more. “Spices are underused, but it would be very easy to take advantage of them and improve health,” says Dr. Lipi Roy, an internal medicine physician at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.
There have been randomized trials of large groups to demonstrate health benefits of spices. Most studies have been done on animals (we’re animals too, right?) where they have seen benefits of spices to their heath.
Here are three Healthy Indian Spices, all found in each of our Masala blends; Garam Masala, Curry Masala and Tandoori Masala that Harvard says is beneficial to your health.
Turmeric contains the phytochemical curcumin, which may have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antioxidant properties. “Turmeric is currently being studied in human clinical trials for colon and pancreatic cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, blood disease, and psoriasis,” says Dr. Roy.
Coriander comes from Cilantro. It’s the seed that is ground up and added to our spices. t may have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergic, and antioxidant properties. “This may have anti-anxiety properties, too, and it can help lower cholesterol and aid digestion. Many of coriander’s effects can be attributed to its high phytonutrient content, including carvone, geraniol, and linalool. Coriander’s flavonoids include quercetin, kaempferol, and apigenin,” explains Dr. Roy.
This ground up pepper spice contains a phytochemical called capsaicin, which makes peppers hot. Paprika is mild, however, and has antioxidant properties. “It may decrease the risk for cancer and heart disease,” says Dr. Roy. It may also help alleviate gas, increase immunity, and decrease cancer cell survival.
“Cumin may help fight infection and many types of cancers, and improve digestion, headaches, and skin disease,” says Dr. Roy. It contains thymoquinone, a phytochemical with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
“It lowers the viral load, and some evidence indicates that it may reduce the rate of progression of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Dr. Roy.
Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory. “Ginger also helps arthritis inflammation, and it may protect against colorectal cancer and ovarian cancer. It may also boost the immune system, which will help you fight off infection,” says Dr. Roy.
So why wait to have these wonderful spices when it helps you so much more than butter and salt?