To stay healthy man has turned to natural remedies since generations. ‘Grand-mother’s remedies’ are popular in every household even today. You get upset stomach, and your mother gives you a concoction of ‘ajwain’ or mint or some other herbs and spices.
Indian spices are known for their health benefits. Different spices are beneficial to us in different ways.
Spices for Healthy Heart
We often talk about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Bad cholesterol or Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) is the major cause of blockage in arteries. Good cholesterol or the High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) aid in removing LDL from the blood stream and thus prevent blockage in the arteries, which is the main cause of heart diseases.
Cinnamon is known to decrease triglycerides, and cholesterol. The arteries in the heart and in the body get blocked due to high levels of cholesterol. A quarter or half a spoon of cinnamon taken daily can reduce triglycerides, and cholesterol by 12 to 30 percent in our body.
Cinnamon even prevents blood clots and contains anti-oxidants. As it is rich in fibre, it also helps to reduce heartburn.
Cinnamon taken regularly reduces fat in the blood vessels, thus reducing weight of the body. Fat around your belly is responsible for heart diseases and cinnamon helps to reduce that too.
Cloves contain anti-oxidants and they have anti-inflammatory properties which protect you from heart diseases.
Coriander has anti-oxidant properties and is known to reduce cholesterol and thus prevent heart diseases. The two main compounds of coriander seeds, linaloon and decanoic acid, are known to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Many studies have shown that coriander lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.
People suffering from heart disease can soak a tea spoon of coriander seeds overnight and have them in the morning.
Turmeric is known as the ‘golden spice’ due to its many health benefits and medicinal properties. The Curcumin found in turmeric has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-proliferative properties. It lowers cholesterol level in the blood and prevents cardiovascular problems. It also prevents the formation of blood clots in the body and improves blood circulation.
One spoon of turmeric powder taken daily in warm milk helps to prevent heart diseases.
A number of studies conducted have confirmed that black pepper helps to lower cholesterol and aids in the recuperation post heart attack.
Fenugreek seeds are known to reduce the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. It has the property to reduce triglycerides, cholesterol, and raises the levels of good cholesterol.
Eugenol, a compound found in nutmeg, is beneficial to the heart.
Ginger contains bioactive compounds like gingerol which helps in relaxing blood vessels, stimulating the flow of the blood, and relieving pain. It is helpful to people suffering from heart ailments due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties. It also helps to lower cholesterol.
Garlic contains allicin, a sulfur compound which gives garlic its strong smell and all the medicinal benefits. If eaten everyday it is known to reduce the risk of heart disease by 75%, it reduces the level of cholesterol, makes blood thin, thus prevents the formation of blood clots. It also has anti-oxidant properties.
Hence, in order to obtain maximum benefits from these Indian spices it is important to make them a part of our daily diet.