Top four spices and herbs to incorporate in your diet

The secret for making a delicious dish, apart from adding the right amount of salt is to add some magical ingredients, which are the spices and herbs available in our kitchen cabinet. Not only do spices and herbs give a nice flavour to a dish but they are also loaded with a whole lot of health benefits.

In this article, we list a few benefits of some of the commonly used spices and herbs:

1.    Cinnamon- One of the widely used spices in cooking, especially to make sweet dishes is cinnamon. This magical ingredient is very good for health. It has powerful medicinal properties, which aid in improving our health. The presence of antioxidant properties makes it ideal for fighting against infections and any inflammation. It is also known to lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides in blood stream.

2.    Mint- We use mint in a lot of dishes to add a nice flavour, but did you know that it cures several health ailments? Mint has a high amount of Vitamin A; hence it is very essential for good eye health. This flavourful herb is used to treat digestive tract disorders such as stomach pain, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating etc. Studies have shown that inhaling the aroma of mint essential oils is associated with enhancing brain function.

3.    Cloves- One of the main staple spice in Indian cuisine is   clove. Apart from its aromatic flavor and sweetness, it is extremely beneficial for health. Research shows that this readily available spice helps protect against cancer. They prevent the growth of tumor and promote the death of cancer cells. Those suffering from liver problems should incorporate cloves in your diet as they are known to reduce inflammation and promote liver function.

4.    Rosemary- One of the aromatic herbs used to make meat dishes, rosemary is used to make perfumes and medicines. It is one of the few herbs that is extremely beneficial for health. The presence of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents help in improving blood flow, and boost the immune system. Research shows that the aroma from rosemary improves memory power and enhances mood. This herb is good for brain, as it protects your brain cells from damage. It contains carnosic acid, which fights off the damage from free radicals in the brain.

-Akhila kakarala
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