The Surprising Health Benefits of Indian Spices
Posted on 6th October 2016
At Chakra, we love the way spices enhance our food. Their flavours and fragrance give our meals brighter colours and brighter flavours – but they have their secrets. Indian spices can actually boost your health in surprising ways, and can even help prevent deadly diseases.
Ginger: Digestive Aid
For centuries, ginger has been used as a home remedy for digestive problems and nausea – and recently, medical science has discovered why. Ginger helps stimulate saliva and gastric juice which can aid digestion. It also has muscle relaxant properties that can prevent gases becoming trapped in the digestive system, making it an effective remedy for bloating. Furthermore, it seems to have anti-inflammatory properties, has been used to ease arthritis and period pain.
Cardamom is related to ginger. Like its cousin, it can be used for digestion problems such as nausea, heartburn, and constipation. Cardamom contains antioxidants, and as a diuretic, it helps clean out the urinary tract, bladder and kidneys. It’s a great detoxifier, removing waste, salt, excess water and toxins. As a diuretic and a fibre-rich spice, it can also help to lower blood pressure.
Chili: Heart Health
If you want to lower your cholesterol and your chances of having a heart attack or stroke, then you might want to spice things up a bit. Chili has been found to help heart health, boost immunity, and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. If you don’t eat it regularly, it can be an effective way to help you lose weight, reducing your desire for salty or fatty foods.
It’s remarkable just how versatile and beneficial so many of the spices we use in our cooking are. To try them for yourself, visit Chakra on Holland Street. Make a reservation online or call 020 7229 2115 to avoid disappointment.