All Indian household will surely have spices in the kitchens: the most popular being turmeric, asafoetida and cumin seeds.These spices not only add taste to your food but they possess immense health benefits. Here goes a list of health benefits of these humble ingredients used in most Indian kitchens.Turmeric is rich in anti-oxidants and help in the fighting against cancer. Studies show that it may help prevent Alzheimer's disease and joint inflammation. Turmeric also helps in minimizing liver damages caused by taking excessive alcohol consumption or regular use of pain-killers.Heeng or asafoetida is strong in taste with its pungent flavour. It is useful in the treatment of respiratory disorders like cough, asthma and bronchitis. Asafoetida is considered useful in the treatment of health problems concerning women such as unusually painful and excessive menstruation. It also helps in digestion.Cumin has antiseptic properties and can help fight flu by boosting your immune system. A cup of water boiled with cumin seeds, ginger, basil leaves and honey, can give great relief. Cumin helps control stomach pain, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea and morning sickness. Cumin seeds also contain a good amount of iron.
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