The fragrant powder is composed of numerous beneficial spices, let’s discover them all!
Spices have excellent properties related to the wellness of the body. Often it is exaggerated to define them "miraculous", yet some of them are carefully studied because you can extract beneficial substances from them. Cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom: if all these spices have virtues, combined in a single element they can benefit on several fronts. It's what happens with the curry powder, a mix of dried and pounded spices that brings a bit ‘of benefits of each one. Here are the main ones. (The curry powder is used in many African, Asian and Indian sub-continent recipes. Depending on the location, it can take on different colors and intensities, and it also finds different uses, but in general some spices are never lacking.)
Curry powder, the benefits of its main spices
Turmeric. ‘Queen' of wellness, it provides the yellow color to the most common curry powder, and it is appreciated for a thousand reasons. Known for its anti-inflammatory action, it is recommended to fight rheumatic pains. It is a powerful antioxidant, effective in counteracting free radicals that damage cells. It is recommended in case of degenerative diseases. Some studies support its anti-osteoporosis properties. It is also linked to beneficial antitumor effects. We have talked about it in depth here.
Cardamom. Known since ancient times, Ayurvedic medicine considers it one of the fundamental spices in body care. It has several beneficial properties, particularly related to the belly, in fact it gives relief against abdominal swelling and it helps to solve digestive problems.
Chili pepper. Very rich in vitamins, especially C and A, and some mineral salts, particularly concentrated in the dried version. Capsaicin, a molecule responsible for the spicy flavor, is also a substance with extensive phytotherapeutic properties, and it is concentrated mainly in seeds.
Cinnamon. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine have been widely used it for centuries, and recent studies associate it with the inhibition of some degenerative diseases.
Cumin. Its seeds are known as carminative, they are in fact able to remove the air in the stomach and intestine, a reason of swelling and colic. Cumin helps digestion, being a stimulator of organic processes. While it is chewed on an empty stomach, it favors the appetite. It is also a good anti-nausea product, and it is effective against muscle spasms.