Spices are common ingredients in Malaysian cuisine and are usually used to enhance the taste and flavour of food. More than that, they also serve as great natural remedies. Check out what healing magic could be sitting in your kitchen!
Turmeric is a well-known spice that is used in Indian and Malay cooking here in Malaysia. Moreover, it is easily available and cheap. What is probably less well known about turmeric is the host of benefits it offers. Scientific studies have demonstrated the therapeutic properties of curcumin (the naturally occurring compound in turmeric) on liver health. The goodness of turmeric doesn’t stop there. Traditionally known as ‘Indian saffron’, this yellow-orange spice aids in digestive problems, fights some cancer and may even help prevent and treat neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease. Further research on how to improve the absorption of curcumin are ongoing.
Sprinkle turmeric generously in your cooking, or add a tablespoon of turmeric powder to a glass of water and add honey for a power-packed drink.
Cumin has made its way into Indian, Mexican and Middle Eastern cooking. Not only is it an immune system booster, research has shown that cumin can fight against memory loss and alleviate the effects of stress. Beside these, studies on this oblong, yellow-brown seeds have reported that cumin aids in digestive health and may contain anti-asthmatic properties.
C’mon and use cumin in your dips, curries and soups!
The cinnamon sprinkles on your sugar-infused cinnamon roll doesn’t count. The benefits of this tubular spice have been documented including its potential role of cinnamon in reducing blood glucose and preventing metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes have been documented, however, findings are inconclusive. Cinnamon also apparently helps regulate menstrual cycles in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
Enjoy a cup of Celyon cinnamon tea, mix cinnamon powder into your breakfast bowl or add a full teaspoon of honey to a cinnamon-water mixture.
Ginger is a staple in almost all Asian cooking and is very easy to find and cheap to buy. We already know that ginger is good for our stomachs, and is used by many as a traditional method to cure flatulence and nausea, but now there’s research to back this up! Ginger has been found to be a powerful antioxidant and contains anti-inflammatory properties. Little wonder why ginger is helpful in treating a number of ailments including arthritis, digestive health and diabetes. The anti-cancer compounds in ginger extract have been found to inhibit growth of ovarian and prostate cancer cells.
Throw in slices of ginger in your juice, use it as a natural condiment in your cooking or if you prefer, take ginger extract capsules (maximum of 4g daily).
There you have it - the amazing properties of these small but mighty spices! Go ahead and spice up your life for a healthier you!