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Benefits of Spices And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of spices are varied. They help make up for nutritional supplements, help strengthen the immune system and help control blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels. Spices also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and they help prevent various diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer. Spices have the capability to eliminate any nutritional deficiencies that might be present in your body, thus helping restore correct functioning of the system. Spices contain many vitamins and minerals, which provide some of the most necessary elements for leading a healthy life.

Benefits of Spices And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Spices
Nutritional Value of Spices
Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Spices
Has anti-inflammatory properties
Acts as antioxidants
Helpful in boosting immunity system
Improves digestion
Helps improve skin and hair
Regulates metabolism
Helps control diabetes
Improves memory and brain function
Fights infections
Prevents allergies and helps fight nasal congestion
Improves heart health
Uses of Spices
Side-Effects & Allergies of Spices
Cultivation of Spices

Spices

Spices are fruits, roots, barks, seeds, or any other plant substance used primarily in flavoring, or for the coloring and preservation of food. Spices often have antimicrobial properties, and they are occasionally ground into powder for convenient usage. Spices are more commonly used in climates that are warm, since these climates are far likelier to have outbreaks of infectious diseases, as compared to climates that are comparatively colder or cooler. Spices are mostly used in religious rituals, medicines, perfumes and cosmetics, or as vegetables.

Nutritional Value of Spices

Spices generally have strong flavours, and due to the fact that they are used in small quantities, they don’t add a lot of extra calories to the food. Some spices contain considerable portions of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Spices like paprika contains a large amount of Vitamin A. If used in larger quantities, spices contain substantial amounts of iron, minerals, magnesium and calcium. Most spices are said to have antioxidant properties, and they also possess phenolic compounds such as flavonoids, which help in the absorption of nutrients.

Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams

251 Calories
3.3 g Total Fat
20 mg Sodium
1,329 mg Potassium
64 g Total Carbohydrate
10 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

10 % Vitamin A
0.44 Calcium
53 % Iron
15 % Vitamin B-6
42 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Spices

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Spices
Health Benefits of Spices

Has anti-inflammatory properties

Spices generally have anti-inflammatory properties, which is why they are often recommended in cases regarding inflammation of certain body parts or nerves/tissues. Spices have been known to help reduce cancer, improve oral health and digestion, as well as help facilitate growth of bones and reduce blood pressure. Spices also act as an anesthetic or analgesic, in certain cases.

Acts as antioxidants

Spices are the best anti-oxidants to have around. They have exceptional antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, digestive, carminative and stimulant properties. As an anti-oxidant spices help increase oxygenation and circulation in the body, as well as helping boost the immune system. Not only are spices great sources of minerals, but they also help improve quality of the skin.

Helpful in boosting immunity system

Spices are extremely low in calories, but they are very useful in helping the body’s natural immune system. Spices not only boost the immune system, but they also help in reducing various illnesses, strengthening blood vessels and reducing blood clotting. Additionally, they help lower cholesterol levels, increase blood circulation, and prevent diseases like atherosclerosis, as well as cancer.

Improves digestion

Spices are known for their ability to help regulate bowel movements, thus improving digestion and reducing problems related to the digestive system, such as indigestion and constipation. Spices are a great source of vitamins and minerals, and they help increase enzymatic activity in the human body. Spices are also known for their capability to lower cholesterol levels in the blood, as well as regulate insulin levels in the body.

Helps improve skin and hair

Spices have long been praised because of their ability to enhance the health of skin and hair. Spices are capable of improving the function of the nervous system, thus boosting immunity and blood circulation, which leads to healthier skin and hair.

Regulates metabolism

Spices can help regulate the body’s metabolism efficiently. By helping regulate body metabolism, spices can effectively prevent diseases of the blood, such as anemia. Due to increased metabolism, the heart rate is also effectively controlled, and gastrointestinal cation is optimized.

Helps control diabetes

Many spices contain a compound called cinnamaldehyde, which is very effective in controlling blood sugar levels. By slowing down the rate of carbohydrate breakdown in the digestive tract, spices help improve insulin sensitivity. Repots have shown that certain spices such as cinnamon are capable of lowering blood sugar by around 25% in patients suffering from diabetes.

Improves memory and brain function

Spices such as Sage are very effective in helping improve brain and memory function. This spice has been shown to effectively improve brain function in people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a result of the rapid drop in levels of acetylcholine in the brain, and spices help inhibit the breakdown of this compound, thus helping combat Alzheimer’s disease. Certain other spices can also improve memory function in people who are otherwise healthy.

Fights infections

Spices are very effective in preventing various infections caused by yeasts, molds and bacteria. Not only do spices improve the body’s immunity system, thus preventing infections from taking hold, but they also help in actively inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria in the human body.

Prevents allergies and helps fight nasal congestion

Certain spices such as rosemary contain specific compounds which help suppress allergic responses, as well as help treat any problems related to nasal congestion. This compound has anti-inflammatory properties as well. It helps fight nasal congestion by increasing the number of white blood cells in mucus, thus reducing and clearing up congestion in the tissues.

Improves heart health

Spices such as garlic are extremely helpful in reducing cholesterol levels, thus keeping the heart healthy. For people suffering from high cholesterol problems, adding garlic to their diets could very well help reduce cholesterol levels and prevent the onset of heart problems. Additionally, certain spices are also very useful in combatting diseases such as the common cold.

Uses of Spices

From deterring appearances by household pests to soothing the body and mind, spices have a huge variety of uses. Cooking without spices is almost unimaginable. The use of spices starts right from the kitchen, and moves on to medicinal uses as well. Not only do spices help add taste, flavor and color, consumption of spices has a plethora of health benefits. They possess anti-bacterial and antifungal properties, and also act as antioxidants. They help fight off various infections, and are known for boosting the immune system. Spices are generally used in small amounts, so the number of calories they add is almost negligible. This is why spices are used in large quantities in Indian homes, as their benefits are numerous, and they have no downsides or side effects at all.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Spices

Generally, spices have no known side effects. However, depending from person to person, allergic reactions can occur in people as a result of consumption of certain spices. These allergic reactions include, but are not limited to, occupational contact dermatitis, bronchial asthma, rhinitis and anaphylactic shock. Additionally, certain spices can react with certain medications and cause complications such as thinning of the blood, and formation of hemorrhoids. However, these are all quite rare, and the benefits of spices certainly outweigh its almost negligible side effects.

Cultivation of Spices

Since early human history, spices have been intricately linked to cultural traditions, preservation and medicinal usage. Around roughly 7000 years back, spices were an important component of India’s trade with China, Sumeria, Egypt, Arabia and Mesopotamia. Spices have their origin in India, and during ancient times, nations from all across the world embarked on long and perilous sea journeys in order to source different varieties of spices from the Indian subcontinent. Many wars were fought to gain control of trade routes with India, so that supply of spices could continue unhindered. India is now the largest exporter of spices. Spices generally need a warm, tropical climate to grow, with temperatures ranging around 10-30 degrees Celsius, and well-distributed annual rainfall of at least 300 cm. Spices can be grown on a variety of soils, ranging from sandy to clayey to loamy soils, depending on the requirements of specific spices.

Popular Questions & Answers

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Ayurveda, Gwalior
Night fall related proper diet follow junk spicy hot oily product not use night fall pack available natural and herbal medicine consul me.

Sir mere face pr pimple or chote chote dane h kafi time ho gya. Please btaye ye kaise thk hoga?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Diet & Lifestyle Advice Avoid Pitta-aggravating foods like spicy, heavy, and oily foods, as well as tea and coffee. Avoid refined foods, refined sugar, junk food, and alcoholic and carbonated drinks. Increase intake of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and vegetable juice prepared from lettuce, carrot, capsicum, and alfalfa. Avoid using chemical products on the hair. Try herbal oils and shampoos instead. Home Remedies Mix powdered Indian gooseberry (amla) and sesame seeds in equal amounts. Take 1 teaspoon twice a day with water. If you want more better treatment consult me.

Today when did stool there I saw little blood on toilet paper. I feel no pain, but for 1-2 days I fell itching in my anal region. I think I have hemorrhoids without pain only itching sometimes.

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General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Hello dear lybrate-user, hi Warm welcome to Lybrate.com I have evaluated your query thoroughly.* This needs diagnostic confirmation with proctoscopy examination by consultant surgeon.* Primary working guidelines till that time: Drink plenty of liquids. Prefer soft, light diet with more of green leafy veg, whole grains, cereals,pulses, legumes,organic fresh fruits. Avoid all types of oily, spicy,non veg, hot beverages, junk foods, dairy fat. Manage to have smooth bowel passage with the help of bulk forming laxativesas Ispaghula husk with lukewarm drinking water. Tab. Ibuprofen (400 mg) after meals for control of pain, burning if no history ofdrug sensitivity. Xylocaine (5 %)jelly application over the anal part gives soothing action. Sitz bath (sitting in a tub filled with lukewarm water 5 minutes each 3 times a day and additionally after passing stools) helps.Avoid long drives, sitting prolong on hard surfaces. Control of blood sugar, cholesterol,body weight. Avoid smoking, alcohol if consuming. Hope this clears your query. Wishing you fine recovery. Welcome for any further assistance. Regards take care.

Please suggest. What is the best process medicine/surgical for weigh loss of a female candidate of 95 Kg against height of 5'4" and 45 yeas aged.

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Ayurveda, Ajmer
Hello Lybrate user you can loose your weight naturally by using following tips. It will also benificail in your piles problem. Weight reduction is achieved by three dimensional approach. 1. Dietary changes- you must take high fiber and whole grain diet like khichdi, daliya, corn flex, fruits-apple, guava, papaya, soups, multi grain atta chapati etc. Avoid- deep fried, spicy, sweets, cold drinks, curd etc. 2. Life style modification- avoid sedentary life and be active. Go for morning or evening walk, do some yoga and exercises. Cycling, swimming and outdoor games can also help. Avoid nap / day sleep. Do suryanamaskar, trikonasan, bhujangasana, yogic jogging etc 3. Ayurvedic medicines- some ayurvedic medicines along with Panchkarma treatment can reduce weight quickly.
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Sir, how can I reduce my increasing weight. Next November I going to marriage. And I shame for my short height. So suggest me please how to increase height and reduce my weight.

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General Physician, Hisar
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Besan Ladoo With A Twist

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Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Besan Ladoo With A Twist

As the chilly winter days melt into the more comfortable spring weather, people celebrate Basant Panchami or Vasant Panchami. For Basant Panchami the yellow colour dominates for not only do people wear yellow coloured clothes, even the food that’s prepared as offering to the goddess is also yellow.

So we have come up with a HEALTHY RECIPE " BESANLADOO" with a AMAZING TWIST.

Lets try it out and if you like it DO share it.

BesanLadooVeganRecipe:

  • Gluten, grain, dairy, soy free recipe can be nutfree too
  • CookTime: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 Tablespoon shredded coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 2.5 Tablespoons jaggery
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • generous pinch of nutmeg powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon skimmed milk

Method:

1. Add chickpea flour to a pan and Dry roast for 5 minutes on low heat. stir once or twice.

2. Add coconut and oil, Mix well and roast for 15 minutes.

Press down and mix well every 3-4 minutes.

3. Add sugar, salt and spices and mix well. Roast on another 3 minutes.

4. Sprinkle milk on the mixture and mix.

5Take off heat. Let cool for a minute or so until warm to handle.

6. Make balls of the mixture. Press crushed cashew or pistachios or raisins on top.

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5 Tips For Managing Arthritis!

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5 Tips For Managing Arthritis!

Arthritis is an agonising and degenerative condition caused by swelling and inflammation of the joints that causes pain and stiffness. Whether it is dull, sharp, smouldering or a pressure that must be described as having a hammer crushing one of your joints, chronic arthritis pain and joint inflammation is a very common disease among many adults.

Here are a few generic tips to help the condition of arthritis:

  1. General and regular exercising: Specialists prescribe the use of a workout plan that guarantees certain activities and exercise routine. The point of the regular exercising routine is to guarantee mobility and flexibility of the joints and enhance the scope of movement for patients. In the meantime, working out helps in enhancing the quality of the joints and allows better strength and support for the body. Along these lines, they help in diminishing both weight and strain on the joints.
  2. Weight control and healthy diet: Patients with arthritis will suffer more on account of weight gain. To keep away from an excess of weight and pressure on the joints as an after effects of weight gain, stay away from putting on weight. Eat healthier foods that comprise of more minerals and vitamins while giving less fat and calories to the body. Increasing vegetables and organic products in the eating regimen is great for arthritis pain. The leafy vegetables contain anti-oxidants. They also have anti-inflammatory effects on the joints and bones.
  3. Hot and cool treatment: Simple and basic hot and cold treatments can improve things greatly with regards to arthritis pain. Long, warm baths or showers particularly in the morning ease solidness and stiffness in your joints. Use an electric cover or warming cushion around evening time to keep your joints free and use moist warming cushions. Cool treatments are best to relieve arthritis pain. Wrap a gel ice pack or a sack of frozen vegetables in a towel and apply it to the painful joints for fast alleviation and relief from the pain and swelling.
  4. Inflammatory and anti-inflammatory foods: Arthritis and joint pain can increase if patients continue using nourishments that have high inflammatory impacts. However, some might not have a thought of what the foods are or what they give to the body. One needs to abstain from eating fast and junk food and processed food products. Turmeric, the most basic Indian spice, has a chemical in it called curcumin that might have the capacity to diminish arthritis pain.
  5. Plan carefully: It is hard to tell when a flare-up may happen, making your joints turn out to be hard and swollen, or when you will try too hard while working out. Since you cannot anticipate these occasions, it is a smart thought to be prepared beforehand and get ready for issues before they emerge with medication and your emergency numbers in place.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Successful Liver Cirrhosis Treatment With Ayurveda!

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Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
Successful Liver Cirrhosis Treatment With Ayurveda!

Liver cirrhosis is characterized by the replacement of normal liver tissue with fibrous tissue. This condition occurs when the liver has been exposed to certain causative factors for a prolonged period of time. Liver cirrhosis can be compared to “Kumbhakaamla” as stated in Ayurveda.

In Ayurvedic terms, liver cirrhosis is through to result due to an extreme aggravation of the pitta dosha. The liver is considered as the seat of pitta and therefore, an aggravated pitta dosha affects the functioning of this vital organ that helps eliminate toxins from the body. It can lead to problems such as anemia, jaundice, hemorrhage, ascites, and liver and spleen enlargement. This may end up aggravating and dis-balancing other doshas as well.

Because of aggravation of the pitta dosha, all the functions of the pitta such clarity of skin complexion, hunger, digestion, and production of blood are seriously affected. Because of the aggravation, the rasa and rakta dhatus are severely affected followed by other dhatus.

Ayurvedic treatment for liver ailments is highly recommended as it is completely natural and does not result in any side effects. It helps reverse all of the symptoms of liver cirrhosis and other diseases while restoring the normal functioning of the liver. There are several Ayurvedic remedies that you can practice to relieve the symptoms of liver cirrhosis.

The following are some of the most common Ayurvedic tips for liver cirrhosis:

  1. Patient must take expert opinion of an Ayurveda for the right treatment of liver cirrhosis
  2. Cirrhosis is a complicated and serious situation thus, home remedies or any single herb treatment is not recommended.
  3. Quit alcohol
  4. Eat a well balanced and nutritious diet that contains a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables
  5. Opt for sources of good fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, soy and olives
  6. Avoid packaged food items with added preservatives, including pickles

Ayurvedic treatment varies from person to person and therefore one must consult an expert and not try any home remedies.

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How Ayurveda Helps Manage Back Pain?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
How Ayurveda Helps Manage Back Pain?

Back pain refers to a severe pain in the back due to a strain in the muscle and the associated ligaments of the spine. Back pain is a fairly common condition and almost everyone has experienced it at least once in their lifetime. The pain can be either acute (pain in sudden bursts) or chronic (lasting for more than a month). Back pain generally tends to subside if one takes appropriate measures. 

You might experience the following symptoms along with back pain:

  1. Severe pain around the muscles which might stretch down to your feet
  2. Back pain will significantly limit the flexibility of your back
  3. If there are recurrent instances of high fever and severe gall bladder disorders along with the pain, a consultation with your doctor is highly recommended.

Back pain might occur due to the following reasons:

  1. Back pain might occur as a result of osteoarthritis (a disorder that is characterized by the breaking and wearing down of the flexible tissues at the end of the bones) and osteoporosis (a disorder marked by bones that are weak and brittle).
  2. It might occur as a result of a fatal accident or an injury.
  3. If you are a chain smoker and have a history of excessive alcohol or drug abuse, you are more likely to experience back pain.
  4. Back pain might also occur as a result of ageing, excessive weight gain, lack of regular exercising, cancer and instances of severe depression.

Ayurveda can be very useful for eradicating back pain. According to Ayurveda, back pain is caused due to the heightening of the ‘vata’ owing to an unhealthy diet, anxiety, and suppression of muscles, collectively called ‘dosha’. 

The Ayurvedic remedies for back pain are as follows:

  1. A regular intake of 30 ml of Aloe Vera juice in the morning might heal symptoms of back pain
  2. A regular intake of a mixture of 5g Triphala churnam mixed with water before retiring for the night might help to ease the general discomfort associated with back pain.
  3. Consume a medicinal preparation of 100ml of Black Gram (Urad Dal) daily for a week in order to get rid of the pain.
  4. You can also perform Paschimottanasana (an exercise where you have to touch the toes and repeat the same for a few times) and Vayu Mudra (an exercise where you have to move the index finger on the thumb base and the thumb finger in closed proximity to the index finger while the other fingers remain in a perpendicular position) to get rid of the back pain.
  5. Cut down on your consumption of pungent spices. This is because these pungent spices tend to have a drying effect on the body, that in turn, might lead to severe back pain, especially in the lower back along with constipation. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an ayurveda.

Besides all these, such people should always avoid sudden change in temperature like if you are sitting in AC, then switch off the AC atleast 15mins. before you move out of the car or the chamber or house.

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Need Energy - 5 Foods To Try!

Doctor of Naturopathy & Natural Medicines, DM - Clinical Haematology, Certified Diabetic Educator, Diploma in Nutrition & Health Education (DNHE), Certificate in food Nutrition (CFN), Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts (Physical Education)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Agra
Need Energy - 5 Foods To Try!

In our day to day lifestyle, it has become very difficult to maintain routine and habits to the optimal level. But in order to, function efficiently and to put your body in full functioning capacity, here are five energy boosting foods to try: 

  1. Honey: This natural sweetener is extremely low on the glycemic index and acts as muscle fuel, thus helping you to replenish the muscles during and post exercising. It is literally nature's counterpart to an energy drink that can be added to tea, water or even your yoghurt. 
  2. Banana: One of the most popular and well loved energy foods, bananas being mostly composed of sugars, can provide a head-on energy boost. 
  3. Nuts: They are extremely important in converting sugar into energy. Also, they are extremely handy to munch on when feeling lethargic or low in energy. Nuts like almonds, cashew nuts or hazelnuts are rich in magnesium and help to keep blood sugar levels even and supply protein to keep the hunger away. 
  4. Cardamom: This popular spice is well known to help boost energy by promoting blood flow. Indulge in a cardamom laden curry or a tea infused with cardamom to combat low energy levels. 
  5. Apples: Since they take much longer to digest in comparison to other fruits, these beautiful fruits provide a more prolonged energy boost. Being high in fiber, they're easy to carry around and munch on. 

This is not an exhaustive list, and there are several more where they came from. Pick out the food items that are easily available for you and keep them at hand to pick you up when you function on low energy levels.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Spices
Nutritional Value of Spices
Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Spices
Has anti-inflammatory properties
Acts as antioxidants
Helpful in boosting immunity system
Improves digestion
Helps improve skin and hair
Regulates metabolism
Helps control diabetes
Improves memory and brain function
Fights infections
Prevents allergies and helps fight nasal congestion
Improves heart health
Uses of Spices
Side-Effects & Allergies of Spices
Cultivation of Spices