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Spices to Spice up your Fitness

We Indians are given to spices and herbs. They are an integral part of our traditional cuisines, giving them a distinct flavour and taste. Besides delighting taste buds, spices and herbs have therapeutic value, which is detailed in ancient scriptures, used by common folks across ages, and validated by modern science. Getting curious? Here’re a few of your best options.


Turmeric or HALDI is a common fixture in all traditional cuisines for its strong flavour and colour. It also fares well on the therapeutic value, thanks to the presence of Curcuminoids. These compounds are proven to bring down high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. One of the prominent Curcuminoids, Curcumin is effective in regulating genes linked to an enlarged heart and cardiac issues. Plus, it promotes blood circulation and eliminates the chances of blood clotting.


Cardamom, commonly known as Elaichi, comes from the Western Ghats of South India. A distinct and powerful flavour makes Elaichi a preferred ingredient of conventional favourites, desserts and certain drinks. However, you can use it to transform regular eatables into fitness food and realize health gains. The spice is known to boost metabolism and streamline digestion, the two vital health indicators. Also, it can help you shed those extra kilos.


When it comes to adding heat and flavour to food, the chilli is probably the best ingredient. A part of the nightshade family, chilli is a rich source of capsaicin, a compound with analgesic properties. It generates Neuro-peptide, which is effective in peripheral nerve pain control and relief. Capsaicin also aids metabolism and accelerates the fat burning process, helping you get lean. 


Garlic is yet another staple flavouring in Indian dishes. Its medicinal properties were identified by the ancient Indians and passed on from one generation to the other. Research backs what Indians already knew – garlic is a panacea for blood and heart conditions. It helps in smoothing out hardened arteries, reducing cholesterol, and warding off hypertension, cardiac arrest, CHD, and related issues. The spice helps burn fat and prevents certain cancers as well.

Ginger: The list of fitness food is incomplete without ginger. We consume it in all possible forms – powered, juice, oil or spice – to boost taste and overall health. Ginger is known to possess anti-inflammatory properties that help streamline the intestinal tract, boost bile production and keep gastrointestinal issues at bay. Doctors often recommend ginger to remedy nausea during chemotherapy. Plus, it helps bring down body weight and fat deposition across the body.

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