Five spices to warm you up and strengthen you against the flu in winter…
Especially in the winter diet, spices play an irreplaceable role as they have a great warming ability. So if you are still cold in winter, spice up your meals with ginger or other less spicy spices. Experts recommend these.
Ginger is one of the most important antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, has a positive effect on the immune system and, thanks to its ability to increase our body's thermoregulation, it can speed up metabolism, which can also slightly accelerate weight loss. "Ginger is full of vitamin C. We find minerals in abundance in it. It contains iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese and chromium. If you want to get the most out of ginger, try to consume it raw and as little processed as possible - ideally in organic quality. Regular use of ginger during the winter season helps prevent colds and flu, and it also prevents tonsillitis and bronchitis. Use it in savoury and sweet foods and drinks.
Cayenne pepper - chilli
Cayenne pepper, which is obtained by grinding one of the many varieties of chilli peppers, is one of the hottest. It is used in dishes where you want to achieve a particularly spicy flavour, and its pungent taste is imparted by the substance capsaicin. This helps to accelerate fat burning and also gives the body a feeling of satiety. "Cayenne pepper is an excellent antioxidant and helps boost the immune system. In terms of weight loss, some studies have suggested that eating cayenne pepper or chilli pepper on a regular basis may help burn fat faster, but I wouldn't rely on it. There is much more to successful weight loss than spicy food.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices, which is not only a favourite Christmas spice with a pleasant aroma, but also a medicinal substance with antioxidant effects, beneficial for the treatment of diabetes or dementia. It is used in a wide range of savoury and sweet dishes and especially drinks. Cinnamon contains essential oils that improve digestion, and some studies claim that even a small dose of cinnamon can reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It is important to know that there are two basic types of cinnamon. One is true or Ceylon cinnamon and the other is cassia or Chinese cinnamon. Kassia has a stronger aroma and smell, but is much cheaper. More beneficial to our bodies is true cinnamon, which in turn has a milder and sweeter aroma. Depending on the type of cinnamon, different amounts are recommended. While true cinnamon also boasts antimicrobial properties in larger doses, protecting the body against fungi and infections, Chinese cinnamon contains high levels of coumarin, which causes liver damage when used over a long period of time and in large quantities.
You'll find it in most Indian dishes, but its distinctive flavour defines many other cuisines around the world. Genuine cardamom has a citrusy-resinous aroma and delicate flavour and is known for its strong medicinal properties. Both whole fruits and ground seeds are used. Cardamom is a source of many beneficial substances - vitamin C and B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and other minerals. It contains healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, protein and essential oils, especially gingerol, pinene and cineol. "Genuine cardamom aids digestion. It helps against stomach cramps, bloating, heartburn, nausea or constipation, gives appetite and improves digestion overall. Cardamom is also recommended for sore throats and oral inflammation because of its antimicrobial properties. In addition, it is a powerful antioxidant, so it protects cells from damage and contributes to the prevention of cancer.
Turmeric is a popular spice in India, where it is considered India's gold and is part of the famous curry spice. It contains antioxidants that help cleanse the body, has antiviral and antibacterial properties, is used to treat skin problems, boost immune function and is said to work as a cancer preventative. It also appears quite often in weight loss diets as it prevents burnt fat cells from rebuilding. In addition, it helps control uncontrollable cravings. "Although turmeric can be beneficial to the human body, it should be remembered that there is not a sufficient concentration of the active ingredient in the classic spice. The health benefits lie in the high concentration of antioxidant polyphenols called curcuminoids. Absorption can also be a problem. Curcumin is not soluble in water.
Ayurveda considers turmeric tea to be a longevity product. Overall, regular consumption of turmeric contributes to clear skin and its strong, warm flavour naturally warms the body, making it excellent for flu season, when it flushes harmful substances from the body and relieves headaches and sore throats.