Spices and Health
The health benefits of spices are legendary. Spices and herbs are highly valued for their prolific medicinal properties since ancient times. They are considered rich sources of Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B, C, Carotene and other antioxidants and can also moderate dietary levels of fat, sugar and sodium when consumed in small proportions.
Several metabolic diseases and ageing related degenerative problems closely associated with oxidative processes in the body can be combated by spices rich in anti-oxidants.
The Capsaicin in Paprika has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Ginger can relieve pain and swelling associated with arthritis. Curcumin in Turmeric can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Spices act as stimuli to the digestive system.
Indian Spices are known the world-over for their taste and strong aromatic flavour. India, the ‘home of spices’ produces about 5 million metric tons of spices every year. Out of the listed 86 Spices in the world, India grows 52 of them. India consumes 90% of its spice production and the balance is exported. Kerala is the richest Indian State producing a number of spices. In almost all the 28 States and 7 Union Territories, atleast one Spice is grown in profusion.
Adding Value to Spices