Saturday Fare

Healing Effects of Spices

Cinnamon: Classic spice, cinnamon is a boon to diabetics due to its beneficial compounds such as cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol. Adding as small an amount as 1 gm of cinnamon (stick or powder form) to everyday meals of a diabetic (type 2) person can help prevent a quick rise in blood sugar levels as well as improve the ability of body cells to use glucose.

Cumin: For the formation of hemoglobin as well as for strengthening our immune system is required in greater amounts for menstruating women, adolescence, during pregnancy and lactation. Besides an iron rich diet, adding as much as 1- 2 tbsp (15-30 gm) of these tiny seeds to your daily diet can be a helping hand to provide some more amount of iron. Temper your regular meals like dal, rice, subzi with whole cumin seeds and/or use roasted cumin seeds powder as a seasoning for salads, buttermilk, chaats etc.

Garlic: An anticoagulant by nature, garlic offers some heart protective benefits by thinning the blood, maintaining blood pressure and by averting hardening of arteries (blood vessels that supply blood to heart).
Gulp down 1-2 cloves of freshly crushed raw garlic every morning or add it to your meals.