Top 5 Indian Spices

Indian food is well known for its distinctive and delicious taste, thanks to the exotic spices and flavors. In the past, many countries of the world wanted to conquest India because of these spices, that actually led to the discovery of America. India produces many spices, and Indian spices are a unique blend of herbs and they are added in the food to add flavour. Spices are used in many different forms – for example they can be used chopped, whole, ground, fried, roasted, sauteed or as a topping. Did you know that some of these Indian spices can prevent cancer? Or, if you use spices such as saffron and tumeric in your diet, they will strengthen your body against invasion of toxins, bacteria and virus. Here is our list of the best Top 5 Indian spices!


Spices in India – The Commonly Used Indian Spices

Saffron

Saffron

Saffron is one the most expensive and most delicate spices in the world. Saffron is derived by drying the stigma of the flower called Saffron Crocos. This spice can be used for seasoning sweet dishes, and should be added at the end of the cooking. Saffron is also one of the spices that inhibits the progression of cancer and decrease the size of the tumor by half. This Indian spice contain natural carotenoid dicarboxylic acid called Crocetin which is the main cancer-fighting element.


Turmeric

Turmeric

Turmeric is Indian spice with bright yellow color and is also amazing in the fight against cancer diseases. Turmeric is derived from a plant native of India which is part of the ginger family. Turmeric is made from boiled, dried and cleaned roots of this plant. Turmeric is used in both South and North Indian cooking, primarily for flavor and color. But this spice is also the main ingredient in curry powder. Turmeric contain polyphenol Curcumin that has been clinically proven to prevent the growth of cancer cells that cause prostrate cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, brain tumour, pancreatic cancer and leukemia.


Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice derived from the bark of an evergreen tree, and is native to India. Aromatic cinnamon sticks are used in Indian cuisine for the preparation of many dishes. Cinnamon has a sweet and warm fragrance, and is also used as a powder in cooking. But cinnamon also is a spice with many health benefits and is very useful in reducing tumour growth and in the fight with bad breath.


Cumin

Cumin

Cumin or known as Jeera in India is widely used in the Indian cuisine. Cumin comes from a dried, white fruit on an annual herb that is a tropical plant which grows in many places in the world. Cumin can add rich flavor in curry powders, breads, cakes and cheese. This spice can be used in powdered from for stronger aroma, but it’s best to use only the seeds. Cumin also has many important health benefits. Cumin seeds contain Thymoquinone a compound that prevent prostate cancer.


Cayenne Pepper (Red chili powder)

Cayenne Pepper (Red chili powder)

Cayenne Pepper or Red chili powder is known as the king of all spices. Cayenne pepper is the spice responsible for making Indian spices world famous in the past. Chili is derived from the dried ripe fruit of the genus Capsicum and is used in the Indian curry dishes. Red chili peppers have many anti-cancer properties. Capsaicin induces the process of apoptosis and destroys potential cancer cells and reduces the size of leukemia tumour cells.

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