Spices in Daily Diet For a Healthy Heart

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Spices in Daily Diet For a Healthy Heart

Spices, one of the most valued item of trade in the ancient and medieval world is now again gaining popularity with the modern sciences recognizing the various medicinal powers of spices. Here is a list of species that have been found beneficial for the heart.

Coriander seeds :  A teaspoonful of coriander seeds soaked overnight and taken in the morning can be very beneficial for diabetes and heart.

Turmeric : A spice and a medicine  as per Ayurveda and is often called the Indian Gold.

Black Pepper : Various scientific studies shows that black pepper has cholesterol lowering properties and can also aid in heart function  after heart attacks. 

Cinnamon: it aids in reduction of bad cholesterol (LDL) and helps surge good cholesterol (HDL). It also supports in improving the insulin resistance in diabetes.

Fenugreek seeds:  used as a medicine since ancient times fenugreek seed powder is known to lower the serum lipid levels and triglycerides.

Black cumin seeds or kalonji : This spice has various effects on lipid profile and can have great impact on bad cholesterol.

Ginger: Used in Chinese, Ayurvedic and Unani medicines it not only aids in sore throats, cold arthritis, indigestion but is also known to relax blood vessels and relieve pain.

Garlic : Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, and the first Indian physician Charak, the Father of Ayurvedic medicine, said garlic acts as a heart tonic by maintaining the fluidity of blood and strengthening the heart.

Diet diary: Spice up your diet to care for the heart

Recently, modern medicine has begun to study the powers of spices and validates several useful properties.

Spices were some of the most valuable items of trade in the ancient and medieval world as they have been a part of healing remedies for centuries. Recently, modern medicine has begun to study the powers of spices and validates several useful properties. Some are found to be useful for the heart.

Coriander Seeds

Coriander seeds are rich in two main compounds linaloon and decanoic acid. It has a long been known or its cholesterol lowering and blood sugar lowering effects. For therapeutic benefits, a teaspoon or two of coriander seeds soaked overnight and consumed the next morning seems to be useful in dealing with heart disease and diabetes.

Turmeric

Turmeric or haldi, often referred as Indian Gold, is well known as a spice and medicine in Siddha and Ayurveda. The benefits for heart health arise from curcumin, an active principle which has several properties including anti-oxidant, anti-clotting, anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative.

Black pepper

Piperine, a major active component in both black and white pepper has numerous reported physiological and drug-like actions. Several scientific studies provide evidence that black pepper has cholesterol lowering properties and may help in cardiac function recovery after heart attacks. A word of caution; piperine can strengthen or modify the effects of numerous other medicines.

Cinnamon

Circulatory stimulant effects of cinnamon have been reported in several books on medicinal plants and Ayurveda. It helps in reduction of total and bad cholesterol (LDL) and helps increase good cholesterol (HDL). It also helps to improve insulin resistance, thereby making it useful in diabetes management. While cinnamon too is integral to the spice box, added benefit can be obtained by making a decoction and consuming it like tea.

Fenugreek seeds

Fenugreek seeds or methi have been used extensively for extracts and powders for medicinal uses since ancient times and have been described in Greek, Latin and Ayurvedic literature. Fenugreek seed powder has been known to lower levels of serum lipids such as total cholesterol and triglycerides.

Black cumin seeds

Black cumin seeds, also known as kalonji or black caraway, should not be confused with the herb cumin. A recent study (2009) revealed that black cumin seeds have a diversified effect on lipid profile. It was found to have a significant impact in lowering total and bad cholesterol. Presence of phytosterols further strengthens its benefits.

Ginger

Ginger traditionally has been used in Chinese, Ayurvedic and Yunani medicines. It is well known for its use in ailments such as sore throats, cramps, pains, arthritis, indigestion, vomiting and high blood pressure. The bioactive compounds in ginger include gingerol, which is believed to relax blood vessels, stimulate blood flow and relieve pain. Ginger is also a good anti-inflammatory agent.

Garlic

Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, and the first Indian physician Charak, the Father of Ayurvedic medicine, said garlic acts as a heart tonic by maintaining the fluidity of blood and strengthening the heart. Allicin, a sulfur-containing compound is one of the key components of garlic. It is known for its cholesterol lowering, anti-clotting and blood pressure-lowering properties.

 Published on: 9th May 2015