Spices are not only chili peppers: other spicy spices will strengthen health, and make dishes tastier.
What are the general health benefits of spices?
Spices came to European cuisine and medicine from the East, from Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine. It was there that the culture of spice consumption originated.
But spices and seasonings – are dried or even fresh, or otherwise processed parts of plants, many of which are not spicy at all. However, they are good for our health.
Also, spices and condiments help to strengthen digestion, treat inflammatory processes, saturate the body with useful vitamins and trace elements.
That is why it is so important to use spices throughout the year, but different spices are suitable for each season.
What spices are more useful to use in the summer?
In summer, we often have problems with the digestive system, bile outflow, as they say in Tibetan medicine – weakens the fire of digestion. Also in the heat, the work of the liver and gallbladder deteriorates very easily. Therefore, during this period, you should add to dishes moderately warm or neutral spices.
Spicy spices are best excluded in the hot season, they can easily overheat the liver and gallbladder, which are very vulnerable at this time of year.
Now is the time to add to your food:
This spice is rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, useful trace elements (such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc). Also, cardamom – a natural antioxidant that helps fight oxidative stress, the bad cholesterol. Cardamom stimulates the production of bile and speeds up metabolism, the breakdown of fats is more intense. Therefore, for those who follow the figure and do not want to get weight, cardamom will be very useful in the diet.
This spice is traditionally used in cooking, and it is good because it stimulates the digestive system, metabolic processes, is useful for the female body.
Anise has an effective antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial effect on the whole body. And yet – normalizes peristalsis and flatulence in the gastrointestinal tract.
This spice has many useful properties due to the substance curcumin – a strong antioxidant. Therefore, turmeric copes with inflammatory processes and regulates enzymes.
Seeds of coriander promote better production of digestive enzymes, bile outflow. Also, coriander has anti-inflammatory properties.
Useful properties of this spice will help support digestion: improves appetite, stimulates digestion, reduces bloating and flatulence in the intestines, spasms. This spice is useful to improve digestion: cumin has a laxative effect, increases bile secretion. And thymoquinone – a substance that is part of cumin, is a powerful antioxidant. Add cumin to dishes and you will get a charge of energy.
The aroma and slightly bitter taste that rosemary gives to sauces, soups, or meat dishes, this spice has a diuretic effect, helps remove toxins, has a positive effect on the liver.
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