Slideshow: 5 Spices That Are Not Just For Taste But Also For Health

Spices are a common ingredient found in Indian Kitchens. Most of the Indian food items cannot be cooked without the right proportion and amount of spices. But, did you know that apart from imparting strong flavour, tastes and colour to our foods, spices also contribute to good health? Here is a list of few spices that are loaded with health benefits.

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Cinnamon
Obtained from the tree Cinnamomum aromaticum, this spicy bark has been consumed since 2000 BC in Ancient Egypt. Apart from imparting its sweet, spicy and strong flavour to enhance the taste of vegetables and fruits, Cinnamon can also effectively treat muscle spasms, vomiting and diarrhea. Studies also report its benefit in lowering blood sugar.
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Turmeric
Turmeric is a staple spice of every Indian dish. Most of the Indian curry gets its flavour and colour from turmeric. Obtained from the roots of Curcuma longa turmeric can boost your immune system, lower your cholesterol levels and also relieve joint pain. Did you know stress can lower your immunity? Boost your immune system with Ayurvedic Massage.
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Start Anise
This star shaped spice is obtained from fruits of Illicium verum. Along with its soft and exotic flavour star anise acts as a great antioxidant that protects your body from harmful free radicals. Toxins can be ingested through food and inhaled through polluted air every day. How are you fighting it? Try A.O. De-toxifcation programme.
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Cumin
Cumin seeds are obtained from small dried fruits of Cuminum cyminum. Cumin is a common ingredient in Indian kitchen and is used in almost all the curries. Along with its strong flavour, cumin also provides health benefits such as improving digestion. Some preliminary studies also suggest that cumin may lower blood sugar. Cumin is a rich source of the essential mineral magnesium, which is not produced in the body naturally and therefore, must get through diet.
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Clove
Clove is obtained from a flower bud of Syzygium aromaticum. The spice imparts a very pungent and strong flavour. The main active constituent of clove is Eugenol, an essential oil responsible for the medicinal benefits of clove. When used externally on the body clove oil can relieve muscle and joint pain. It is also thought to be useful in treatment of muscle cramps and soreness of muscles. Try Green Tea Scrubassage performed using a special blend of clove and green tea leaves infused in a cream base.
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