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Health Benefits of Hing And Its Side Effects

What is Hing? Nutritional Value of Hing per 100 Gm Health Benefits of Hing Powder Uses of Hing Side-Effects & Allergies of Hing Origin And Cultivation of Hing
Health Benefits of Hing And Its Side Effects

Hing is a spice that is used for a variety of purposes. Hing is used in treating stomach disorders and cures people who are suffering from gas, bloating, acidity, constipation, and improves stomach health. Respiratory disorders are kept under control when asafoetida is consumed daily, and this is a good spice that can be taken in the cold and winter season as well.

Hing helps in removing chest congestion and also removes phlegm. It helps to maintain skin texture and improves skin moisture and radiance. Asafoetida is useful in treating menstrual issues like menstrual cramps, menstrual flow in women and is used in treating female infertility diseases like PCOD. Hing is a healthy spice that can prevent the growth of the H1N1 virus in the body. It has been found to improve the mood of a person and is an antidepressant.

What is Hing?

Hing is known as Asafoetida and is a spice. The spice is available in tablet and powdered form, that is extracted from herb Ferula. This is a potential smelling spice that is widely used in Indian and Persian cuisines. The strong flavor has given it the title “devils dung”, and this spice provides fiber, calcium, phosphorus, iron, niacin, carotene and riboflavin. Asafoetida or hing spice is known as antiviral, antibacterial and is also used for medicinal purposes. Anticoagulant features are there in this spice, and it's diuretic too.

Nutritional Value of Hing per 100 Gm

Hing is known to have a high level of carbohydrates. 100 grams of hing contains 67% carbohydrates. 100 grams of asafoetida contains a 16% mixture, and it contains 4 % fiber. In nutrition facts of asafoetida powder content contain just 1% fat, and this is considered as paltry. 295 calories are released per 100 grams of hing. The hing is made up of approximately 17% oils, 65% resin and rest comprises of gum.

Nutritional facts Per 1 Tbsp

64 Calories
1 g Total Fat
4 mg Sodium
11 g Total Carbohydrate
1 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

0.04 Calcium

Health Benefits of Hing Powder

Health Benefits of Hing Powder
Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Hing

Hing for Stomach Problem

Hing is used in treating many stomach disorders, and it has anti-inflammatory properties. Further, anti-flatulent properties of hing ensure that problems like stomach gas, acidity, stomach burns stoamch ache, stomach worms, stomach infection and common stomach upset are kept in check and stomach health is restored. The chances of occurrence irritable bowel syndrome and food poisoning are zero when Hing is added to the daily diet. Dissolving small pieces of Hing in warm water and drinking it daily after meals brings enormous benefits to stomach.

Hing for Respiratory Infection

Hing is known to have a high level of carbohydrates. 100 grams of asafoetida contains 67% carbohydrates. 100 grams of hing contains a 16% mixture, and it contains 4 % fiber. The fat content is just 1%, and this is considered as paltry. 295 calories are released per 100 grams of asafoetida. The hing is made up of approximately 17% oils, 65% resin and rest comprises of gum.

Asafoetida for Menstrual Problems

Women suffering from menstrual issues get relief when they add Hing to their diet. Irregular periods, menstrual pain and problems like overflow during periods are cured using Hing. Progesterone secretion is normalised in the body, and this regulates the blood flow

Asafoetida Medicinal Properties

Hing helps in the prevention of headaches caused by the blockages in blood vessels. Hing should be boiled in a cup of water, and this should be allowed to simmer for at least 15 minutes. This mixture should be taken many times a day to get relief from mild headaches. Hing has got coumarins, which are known for thinning blood vessels and help in the prevention of heart attacks. This further ensures that good cholesterol levels are appropriate in the body.

Hing Acts as Anti ageing spice

This asafoetida spice helps in removing wrinkles on the face. Hing can be used as a skin whitening agent and is used for removing black spots under the eyes. The oiliness of the skin is removed by applying the Hing mixture on the face. The production of tyrosine in the body is hampered when Hing is applied on the face. Tyrosine is responsible for the production of melanin, and this also leads to skin dullness.

The growth of acne producing bacteria is hampered when hing is added to the food. Skin pores are also kept free from dirt and oil when the asafoetida mixture is applied on the face. Hing mixture when applied on the skin helps in ensuring oxygen supply to the skin, and hence, improves the radiance of the skin.

Asafoetida Powder for Hair Growth

Hing helps in thick hair growth and to get shiny hair. It also helps in hair growth. The texture of hair is improved, and dandruff is controlled, when hing is applied. It also helps in scalp maintenance. The normal ph value of the scalp is restored and also keeps scalp oil-free.

Checks harmful viruses

The growth of harmful viruses such as H1N1 is kept under check when Hing is added to food. This is because when Hing comes in contact with this virus, it produces antibiotics and prevents the growth of the virus.

Cure for epilepsy

Hing is known as anti-epileptic and is used extensively in unani medicines. Unani is an ancient science that is used to treat diseases and helps in restoring the health.

Asafoetida for Indigestion Problems

Hing is used extensively to treat stomach disorders like constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating. Toxins from the stomach are removed, and this also helps in restoring the ph level of the body. Hing mixture helps in increasing metabolism by giving high energy to the body. The reason is that toxic waste is flushed out from the body.

Anti depressive benefits

It is found to improve mood swings and depression, if hing is added to diet regularly.

Hing Improves Sexual Drive in Men & Women

It helps in the moisturizing the vagina. This is used to cure female infertility related problems like PCOD. In men, hing mixture prevents premature ejaculation and is a good health tonic.

Hing For Anti-cancer benefits

It prevents the growth of free radicals in the body and also prevents cell damage. Hing when mixed with turmeric offers various health benefits, as both are known for their anti-cancer properties.

Uses of Hing

Hing is used for making pickles and is used extensively in cooking. It is used to making dishes like sambhar and dal, which is a favorite vegetarian cuisine in India. The spice is normally added at the time of tempering and is also used in ayurvedic medicines. The occurrence of vatha and Kapha in the human body is controlled using ayurvedic medicines that are loaded with hing. Unwanted trees are uprooted by making a hole in the tree bark and then filling it with hing and closing the hole. Some people use hing for hysteria and insanity, and in the treatment of mental disorder. In some cases, cosmetic industries use hing as a fragrant. Hing is used for curing bee stings and other insect stings. It is also used in the treatment of ear aches and tooth aches as well as pimples. Hing is used as an ayurvedic mouth rinse, and it is also used for treating skin blemishes.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Hing

It is advised not to give hing to infants, as it can cause internal bleeding in them. Hing might cause a miscarriage when a pregnant woman takes it, and it can cause bleeding disorders in the infant if a breast feeding woman consumes hing. The reason is that hing will pass to the infant through mother’s milk. Blood clotting may be slowed down when hing is taken, and this is not recommended for people who have undergone a surgery recently. In some cases, too much of hing causes swelling of lips and can cause bloating and gas. In some people, diarrhea is caused when hing is taken.

Origin And Cultivation of Hing

It is advised not to give hing to infants, as it can cause internal bleeding in them. Hing might cause a miscarriage when a pregnant woman takes it, and it can cause bleeding disorders in the infant if a breast feeding woman consumes hing. The reason is that hing will pass to the infant through mother’s milk. Blood clotting may be slowed down when hing is taken, and this is not recommended for people who have undergone a surgery recently. In some cases, too much of hing causes swelling of lips and can cause bloating and gas. In some people, diarrhea is caused when hing is taken.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I have food poison eaten expired date bread sir what tablet should I take sir bread is full of green bacteria stomach pain exposed heavy pain pleas give me tablets name sir praveen hyderabad aged 45 male single.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurved Samhita& Siddhant
Ayurvedic Doctor, Chennai
Have around 300 ml of churned buttermilk with hing, turmeric and pepper powder. It will also help to relieve the pain.

My baby is completely on formula feed since the age of 3 months. His stools were fine until we shifted to stage 2 formula on completion of 6 months. We also started giving him cerelac and banana puree. Now he struggles to pass stools and is cranky till he is done. Also he passes stools more frequently (4-5 times a day) and the stools are in the form of small dry balls.

Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, Diploma in Obesity Management Through Food & NUTRITION, Diploma in Clinical Dietetics &NUTRITION, Diploma in Sports Nutrition & Rehabilitation
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Increase water intake of baby. He may be crying bcz of gastric issues. Apply hing water on his naval for gastric problems.

My boy baby is 8 weeks old. He vomits frequently. Not every feedings. Some he spits up a large amount of breast feed. What is the reason for this. He is gaining weight normally.

BAMS
Ayurvedic Doctor, Bangalore
Hi, If the baby is gaining weight week on week normally, then there is nothing to worry. After every feed, make the child burp by putting the child on your shoulder and patting its back for 2-5 minutes.
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