Besides adding a flavourful dimension to food preparations, organic spices carry several health benefits for you to enjoy. Quintessentially an important part of Indian cuisine, organic spices of India can deliver highly in terms of overall health benefits. Here are some of the top health benefits of Organic Spices:
1. Mustard Seeds:
Naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants, mustard seed oil is high in calories and essential oil content. Mustard seeds contain essential B vitamins such as niacin, folates, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and Vitamin B6 – these vitamins aid in enzyme synthesis, healthy functioning of the nervous system and regulation of body metabolism. They also contain vitamin E that helps protect the body from free radicals. The mineral content in mustard – calcium, copper, magnesium, iron, selenium and zinc – help in bone and teeth development, enzyme production, red blood cell production and cellular metabolism.
2. Black Pepper:
Black Pepper is known for its carminative, anti-inflammatory and anti-flatulent properties. Peppercorns are also rich in piperine, known to increase gut motility, aid in digestion and increase the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals by the body. Black pepper also contains high amounts of minerals like zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and manganese. Manganese is vital for the production of certain antioxidant enzymes in the body, iron is important for cellular respiration and production of red blood cells while potassium is essential for controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
3. Chilli Peppers:
Chilli Peppers and Chilli Powder are known to contain nutrients that exhibit disease preventive and health promoting properties. Chillies contain the beneficial alkaloid compound capsaicin which possesses antibacterial, anti-diabetic, analgesic and anticarcinogenic properties. Fresh chillies are rich in Vitamin C required for collagen synthesis by the body to maintain the structural integrity of blood vessels, organs, skin and bones. They also contain Vitamin A and flavonoids such as beta carotenoids, A-carotene and lutein that aid in fighting the effects of harmful free radicals.
Coriander or cilantro is rich in dietary fibre which helps bulk up the food by absorbing water throughout the digestive system also helps in easing constipation. Together with the flavonoids and antioxidants present in coriander, the dietary fibre helps reduce LDL cholesterol levels. Coriander seeds are rich in minerals like iron, copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. These minerals are essential for the production of red blood cells, cell metabolism, physical growth and development, regulating heart rate and blood pressure and digestive health. Coriander seeds are rich in Vitamin C and B complex vitamins.
Cloves are world renowned for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, carminative, rube facient, antiseptic and local anaesthetic properties. The essential oil eugenol present in clove is attributed to possessing the anaesthetic and antiseptic properties, making it useful in dental care and treatment. Cloves are also rich in vitamin A and beta carotenoids – vitamin A is essential for maintaining healthy membranes and skin while beta carotene is known to protect the body from various cancers. Cloves also contain Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin and Vitamin C.