Ayurveda says, the food should be a healthy mixture of six tastes- sweet, salt, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent. Spices in this regard, play an important role, as they increase the digestive fire which further aids in better digestion and absorption of healthy nutrients from our food. Also, they help in detoxification and building immunity. There are so many spices that you can use to make your food healthier and taste better.
Read on to find out the top five of them.
- Black pepper
Black pepper is known as the king of spices that has major health benefits, including digestion, detoxification, and weight loss. When you mix black pepper with turmeric, you prevent the chances of having cancer. Constipation can also be taken care of by adding a pinch of black pepper in your food. It consists of potassium that aids in regulating heart rate and high blood pressure. But, remember to not overdo it.
Turmeric has been used as a go-to fix for centuries. It offers a plethora of benefits for your health. It provides relief from arthritic pain, it is good for the brain as it has a compound called curcumin which can help in the recovery from neurodegenerative diseases like stroke and Alzheimer’s. Adding turmeric to food can also aid in digestion, and boost your immunity. It aids in liver detox, and if you suffer from an upset stomach or heartburn- turmeric is what you need to look at.
Garlic is that irresistible spice that instantly boosts the flavour of the food, and has numerous health benefiting properties, such as being anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. The high sulphur in garlic gives it, it’s antibiotic properties, that help to keep the digestive system clean and flushing the toxins out. Adding garlic as a seasoning to your food acts as a natural blood purifier, fights cold and flu, prevents heart disease, and stomach and colorectal cancers by boosting immunity.
Ginger has various medicinal properties that are filled with antioxidants and relieve pain in the body. When you add ginger in your food, you are not only adding an amazing flavour but also adding health to your meal. Ginger reduces cold and flu, it is good for your heart, treats inflammation, reduces menstrual cramps, reduces bad cholesterol levels, and kills bad bacteria too.
- Curry leaves.
Curry leaves are rich in vitamin A, B2, and C. They are added to almost every dish, for they have a very striking aroma and taste. Curry leaves are a good source of iron and calcium too. Apart from that, they help in treating dysentery, constipation and diarrhoea, relieve morning sickness and nausea, aid in weight loss, and are beneficial for the eyesight too for they have potent vitamin-A. Brownie points for being excellent for the hair.
Over to you.
Seasonings make bland food full of colour and flavour. The importance of adding spices in right amounts to your food, cannot be stressed enough. Also, it is noteworthy that you add these spices towards the end of cooking, so that the beneficial properties that they carry are not lost in the process. Add these seasonings for enhancing not only the taste but also the health of your food.