olkata, Jun 10 : Spices and herbs are known for their wide usage in the age-old principles of Ayurveda owing to their wondrous medicinal properties. The inherent essential oils in spices are potential sources of myriad health benefits, according to Shampa Banerjee, senior dietitian, SastaSundar YANA Diet Clinic. The role they play in strengthening the immune system, is a case in point. With improper nutrition, the body's immune system becomes less and less effective in fighting off infections. Having a balanced diet enhances the capacity of our bodies to identify and act against foreign microbes, Ms Banerjee said. In addition to strengthening our immunity, spices have anti-inflammatory properties that may help in reducing pain and other complications caused by inflammation, she said. Ms Banerjee said the yellow coloured Turmeric has been imparting its health benefits for centuries now.
The curcuminoids that give the colour to Turmeric is its major chemical component. Curcumin is believed to modulate growth and cellular response of various immune cells. Benefits: Rich Anti-inflammatory properties, Potent Antimicrobial, Antiviral & Antifungal properties, Presence of Antioxidants and Effective in Healing Wounds How to use: Include as a spice in your daily cooking. Add half a teaspoon of Haldi (turmeric) powder in 150 ml of hot milk; drink once or twice a day. Eat raw turmeric root with 1 tbsp. of fresh lime juice, first thing in the morning. Cloves are used in different culinary systems throughout the world. They are also used often to cure several ailments; their benefits have actually become integral to several indigenous cultures.
Benefits: Anti-inflammatory and Antibacterial in nature (Eugenol, a compound found in high amounts in cloves, has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties; these can help our body fight germs and microbes) Helps in the Treatment of Common Cold (As an expectorant, cloves are believed to reduce inflammation and help in getting rid of mucus; they may also relieve a coughing throat) Strengthens the Immune System due to High Antioxidant content (Eugenol also has the ability to help ease infections and fight disease-causing bacteria in the body) .(UNI)