The contribution of Indian spices to health benefits has been well chronicled since Vedic times. Some of the popular spices and their health benefits are as follows:
Ginger helps to relieve common colds. It is also most commonly known for its quick relieving effects on heartburn, nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, motion and morning sickness. It has been found to be a beneficial anti-inflammatory, due to its high levels of gingerol, making it a great natural remedy for headaches, minor body aches and even some cases of arthritis.
Turmeric, may help prevent Alzheimer's disease and joint inflammation. It also helps in minimising liver damage caused by excessive alcohol consumption or regular use of pain-killers. A warm glass of milk mixed with turmeric helps a cold and cough. It is also used as an antiseptic.
Cloves have antiseptic and antibiotic properties. Clove oil is used in medicines especially in dentistry, oral and pharyngeal treatments. It has wider applications in preparations of toothpaste and mouthwashes, soaps and perfumes. It is also reported to help diabetics in sugar assimilations.
Asafetida is a flavoring agent that has wonderful health benefits as it helps in digestion. It is useful in the treatment of respiratory disorders like cough, asthma and bronchitis. It has been proven useful in the treatment of health problems concerning women such as unusually painful and excessive menstruation. It is also used for its antibiotic properties.
Cumin is known to relieve digestive problems, reduce chances of anemia and alleviate common cold. Antiseptic properties of cumin can help fight flu by boosting the immune system. Cumin helps control stomach pain, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea and morning sickness. Cumin also contains a good amount of iron.
Cinnamon is helpful for diabetics as it helps in digestion of sugar. It aid astringent; stimulant and carminative properties and can help with nausea and vomiting. Cinnamon is also an anti-inflammatory, improves cardiovascular health, increases metabolic rate, helps control and regulate blood sugar, and has anti-microbial effects.
Nutmeg has anti-bacterial properties. It helps in fighting tooth decay, Alzheimer's and improves memory. It can also release the tension in muscles.