According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, spices have a higher antioxidant activity than any other food, including fruits and vegetables. Bombay to Goa’s ingredients are all well known in the science community for their anti-inflammatory and health-promoting qualities.
Eggplant itself is chock full of free-radical-fighting polyphenols (found to have strong cancer-fighting qualities), but we take it a step further and cook it with the skin on for an extra boost of fiber, potassium and magnesium.
Turmeric is currently being heavily researched for its cancer-fighting properties, but it is also been proven to ease arthritis and depression symptoms, help lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels, detoxify the liver, and even boost the immune system.
Packed with thyroid-regulating selenium, this spice has long been a part of the food culture. A rich source of health benefiting minerals like Calcium, manganese, copper, iron, selenium and zinc mustard seeds are know for their anti diabetic and cancer fighting properties. They also work as an anti-inflammatory and know to reduce the occurrences of Migraine.
By stimulating pain receptors that in turn signal the brain to release endorphins, chillies have been known to have mood-elevating effects.
Curry leaves are known for their anti-diabetic properties, and are also a good source of iron and folic acid.
Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, fenugreek seeds are also an excellent source of fiber and phytoestrogens, and have been known to regulate glucose metabolism.
A known antioxidant with antimicrobial and antifungal qualities, cumin seeds also contain health-benefiting essential oils
A powerful antimicrobial agent, garlic has long been lauded for its medicinal benefits, helping normalize cholesterol and blood pressure and potentially protecting against several different cancers.
We use lots of it. Not only is ginger a proven anti-inflammatory, recent studies have shown it to work against skin, ovarian, colon and breast cancer cells.