Spices make our every meal tasty. The foods we eat from morning to night, a pinch of spice can add magic. Not only taste, but it also adds nutritional value to our food. And that nutrition helps us boost immunity. So, we can say that spices add nourishment with “swad ka tadka” i.e., temperament in taste.
Cold temperature, the blow of wind, and humdrum diseases of winter are usual. Our grandparents or parents have advised us what to do or not to do this season. And, here you can read about seven warm spices remind that advice. And it’s time to know something more about those spices.
The seven warm spices are as follows:
1.Black Pepper: The spice contains Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and Vitamin A. Also, it has microelements like zinc, manganese, and selenium. Black pepper has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties. And it also helps improve gut health. You can add powdered black pepper to your morning tea, sandwich, or dinner soup.
Benefits in winter: Black pepper will improve your metabolism and help remove the common cold.
2. Ginger: Every spoon of ginger contains vitamins B3 and B6, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, and many other essential nutrients. And ginger lowers blood sugar. The spice soothes an upset stomach, reduces inflammation, and reduces cancer risk.
Benefits in winter: By boosting your immunity with nutrients, ginger helps you stay warm in winter. And you can add ginger to improve the taste of your food.
3. Mulethi: Mulethi is full of iron, calcium, and fiber. Every day 6 gms will boost your immunity. However, do not intake more than 4 weeks. The spice helps keep a healthy weight and aid in treating cancer.
Benefits in winter: Mulethi is amazing in curing cough and cold. It also relieves muscle cramps in winter.
4. Cloves: Cloves are full of aroma and taste. The spice also has essential oils, manganese, and vitamin K. You can add cloves in curry or any other recipe. It has high anti-oxidants, antibacterial properties, and helps regulate blood sugar. Additionally, it promotes bone health.
5. Fenugreek: Fenugreek seeds contain valuable nutrients like calcium, copper, iron, and magnesium. Copper and iron are necessary for the production of red blood cells. Magnesium is beneficial for muscle and nerve function. Add fenugreek to your recipes. Or you can eat it by preparing fenugreek ‘laddoos’ with jaggery.
Benefits in winter: Fenugreek has antiviral properties. Therefore, it helps to cure sore throat and kill viruses. Additionally, it soothes stomach function.
6. Cardamom: Full of potassium, copper, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, vitamin C, thiamine, and many others. The cardamom has a sweet aroma and flavor. We can add cardamom to any sweet recipe to boost its taste. Also, it has antispasmodic property in it.
7. Turmeric: In India, turmeric is used in every ‘Puja’ or festival. With anti-bacterial properties, spice is considered a holy substance. Additionally, it helps in the reduction of swelling. Turmeric has vitamin C, iron, magnesium, etc.
Benefits in winter: Turmeric with milk make your body warm in cold temperature. It also helps relieve fatigue in muscle and joint pain in winter.
Spices are beneficial. Spices are crucial in Ayurvedic medicine. However, we should remember to use them in the correct quantity. Over eating any spice can harm you.