Many of the spices that we use in our daily diet have medicinal value. People have been using these spices for ages though they were not necessarily aware of their medicinal properties. This article deals with the medicinal merits of Indian spices in helping prevent and fight cancer and the need to include those spices in our diet.
The concept of diet in India was developed over thousands of years ago and it was based on a mix of religious and secular beliefs. An example is that the ayurveda system prescribes over 700 plant-based medicines that contain spices and food addictives to promote health. Many of these foodstuffs have been studied for their disease prevention capabilities, including turmeric, cumin, chillies, kalakhar, amrita bindu, and various plant seeds. Among the most studied in recent years is turmeric, an ingredient in the common Indian curry and a spice that has been shown to be a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent with additional promise as a disease-preventive agent.
(To read this article in full Get the May issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)