neetu jain
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Spices are good for you!

Here are the benefits of some popular spices....

Indians are known to like their food hot and spicy. So to imagine your food without spices is rather unimaginable, isn't it?! They say wherever you find an Indian, chances are you will find a range of aromatic spices. But along with the taste that spices and herbs provide, they also have several medicinal benefits as well. Spices have been used for centuries for their medicinal qualities and researchers continue to study their healing properties. Here are some of their benefits:

Chili powder: It relieves painful joints. Research shows that capsaicin, found in chili peppers, has an anti-inflammatory effect, which may help ease arthritic swelling and pain.

Cinnamon: Protects against type 2 diabetes and heart disease. A study has discovered that about half a teaspoon lowered blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.

Garlic: Improves your heart's health. Garlic consumption can lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels by an average of 10 per cent.

Cloves: Clove oil is a well known treatment for toothache, and its antiseptic properties make it an excellent mouthwash. The main ingredient in the oil is eugenol, which is anti-inflammatory and can help ease the stiffness and pain associated with arthritis. It is a warming spice, which can help reduce congestion and stimulate digestion.

Ginger: Ginger contains antioxidants and can help protect against diseases. It calms down spasms and reduces flatulence in the digestive system. It is also an excellent treatment for nausea associated with travel sickness, pregnancy and hangovers.
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Rajani K
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Thanks for the information..i know these things before but thanks for reminding again... :)
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Very good information on spices,Neetu! Thanks a lot!
neetu jain
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* Ginger is good for the respiratory system
* It is good to fight against colds and flu
* Ginger offers substantial protection from stroke and heart attack because of its ability to prevent blood clotting
* Ginger, a multifaceted herb, is crucial in the battle against cardiovascular disease
* Relieves headaches and pains
* Helps to clear sore throats
* Good for upset stomach and indigestion.
* It is very effective as a cleansing agent through the bowels and kidneys and also through the skin
kavita porwal
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Thanks for sharing this valuable information on spices neetu.... keep posting.....
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Thanks Neetu, for the information shared by you on Spices. :) :) :)
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Thanks for the post Neetu...that was very nice of you...Indians normally use many spices to SPICE up the food...


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Many thanks for informative piece. I believed that spicy food is bad for health. apparently, only too much spices and oil may be unhealthy. Moderate quantity would be good for health.

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Doc, thanks for the great information once again!! :) :) :) :) :)

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Black pepper improves digestion by stimulating the taste buds and thereby alerting the stomach to increase hydrochloric secretion. Black pepper is also an antioxidant, and it has antibacterial effects. But wait - there's more! You will be very happy to know that the outermost layer of the peppercorn actually helps stimulate the breakdown of fat cells!

Black pepper also helps prevent the formation of intestinal gas, promotes urination, and promotes sweating. It is full of manganese, and it also has a good amount of iron and dietary fiber, as well.


Cinnamon also has a very healthy dose of manganese, but the health benefits of cinnamon are different than those of black pepper. Cinnamon can help eliminate and prevent the clumping of blood platelets. The scent of cinnamon can boost brain function - in other words, smelling cinnamon can improve your virtual recognition memory, working memory, and more!

Cinnamon can also help stop the growth of bacteria. Some even say that cinnamon can be used as spicy alternative to traditional food preservatives. For people with type 2 diabetes, cinnamon is wonderful - it can help them respond to insulin and thereby normalize their blood sugar levels.


The list of benefits from cayenne pepper seems to go on and on: it fights inflammation, prevents stomach ulcers, boosts immunity, offers pain relief, has cardiovascular benefits, and helps clear congestion. It seems that no matter your ailment, a dose of cayenne will help you out! Cayenne is also full of vitamin A.
neetu jain
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@ manisha

very good information about the spices.......thanks for sharing this valuable information......
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