Spices, not only do they add a touch of flavour and warmth into our food but many of them also have secret superhero abilities. The power to heal, to improve and to help us feel healthy both inside and out.
But what are these super spices and how exactly do they have an impact on our bodies?
Turmeric is one of the ingredients found within popular curry powder blends and whilst it is a tasty little spice, it also has some pretty impressive anti-inflammatory abilities too. Turmeric contains curcumin which has been shown to inhibit the growth of certain cancer cells and even protect against colon and stomach cancer too.
When it comes to settling a disgruntled stomach, many people turn to ginger. However, what they may not realise is that this popular spice can also help when you the feel the burn after a workout. Studies have shown that people who consume just one teaspoon of ground ginger a day for 11 days saw a 25% reduction in the pain they felt after a workout. This is because it contains gingerol, a chemical that is thought to reduce inflammation and block pain signals being sent to the brain.
If you find yourself struggling with a diet plan and yo-yoing in weight, perhaps cinnamon might have the answer for you. It is believed that the antioxidant compounds in cinnamon will change the way your body metabolizes glucose. This means that it keeps your blood sugar levels at an even keel and stops you feeling those cravings and hunger pangs.
Believe it or not, but cumin seeds provide you with 22% of your daily iron requirement. Iron, is key for keeping up your energy levels as well as ensuring that your immune system is ready to take down any illnesses that may try and attack it!
Due to its estrogen-like properties, fenugreek seeds have been found to help lessen the effect of hot flashes and mood fluctuations that are common symptoms of menopause and PMS. In India and China it has also been used to treat arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, improve digestion, maintain a healthy metabolism, cure skin problems (wounds, rashes and boils), treat sore throat, and cure acid reflux. So a definite all rounder.
Black Salt (Kala Namak)
This special salt is found in the Himalayan mountain ranges and has some excellent health benefits that you should know about. In India, black salt is often prescribed for patients with high blood pressure or those who require a low-salt diet. Why? Because black salt is low on sodium, and so doesn’t raise the blood pressure like normal salt does.
So there you have it, a collection of mask wearing crusaders who can make sure you feel fabulous! Why not pop them in your spice rack and see what health boosting culinary delights you can create with them?