Indian Herbs and Spices with Health Benefits

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Herbs and Spices at Aastha Devotional
Herbs and Spices at Aastha Devotional

1. Turmeric

If you ever wondered from where does most of the Indian cuisine get its yellow colour from?! Well, the answer is, Turmeric ! Known to be the king of all spices and widely used in Indian Cuisine, For over 5000 years , turmeric has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including arthritis, digestive problems, infections and some cancers. Turmeric contains curcumin (a Substance With Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Effects) and Research shows that turmeric helps decrease inflammation, which could also have weight-loss benefits (oh yeah, thats a definite Wow for us)! While used in any cuisine, turmeric adds a warm, earthy aroma and flavor to poultry, seafood and vegetable dishes, including curries and chutneys.

2. Garlic

Suffering from high blood pressure? Try adding garlic to your cuisine (of-course one of the second common ingredient found in Indian cuisine) can reduce blood pressure, fight inflammation, lower the risk of heart disease and possibly protect against osteoarthritis. A quick known tip is to crush the garlic and let it sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before cooking with it. This not only allows the enzymes that have been trapped in the garlic to be released but also help retain the beneficial compounds in the garlic compared to cooking with it immediately after crushing.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon has numerous health benefits, and is particularly effective at lowering blood sugar levels. Cinnamon has potent antioxidant activity, helps fight inflammation and has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. One of the best things to do is to start your day with a cup of cinnamon tea (Warm water, lemon, 1 tsp honey and half tsp cinnamon – gives an awesome kick start to your day)

4. Ginger

If you are following a weight loss regime, do-not miss out on Ginger! Used for decades to treat nausea and other digestive problems, ginger has recently gained attention as a weight- loss aid. Research shows that ginger is a natural appetite suppressant. It helps you feel full (of-course, you will eat less overall) . Well, Regardless as to what degree ginger may reduce body weight, it’s a healthful way to spice up your meal. Use a big pinch of ground ginger to sweeten your oatmeal instead of sugar or honey.

5. Cumin

Cumin has long been used in traditional medicine and is a rich source of iron. It is rich in antioxidants, and has been shown to exhibit anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies have demonstrated that cumin can also aid in digestion and help in reducing food-borne infections. Want to try one of the best Indian cuisine in town? Check out our delicious menu which has at-least one or more ingredient from the above list in all of your dishes, here at Aastha devotional Restaurant – where food has its own language!

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