Is Curry Good for You?

Curry is a huge package of flavor that is boosted with spiciness, heat, and an earthiness. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
Curry is a huge package of flavor that is boosted with spiciness, heat, and an earthiness. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Curry is a huge package of flavor that is boosted with spiciness, heat, and an earthiness. Curry, native to South and East Asian cuisine, is a blend of spices and generally includes turmeric, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, dried chilies, black pepper, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, mustard seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, peppercorns, and bay leaves. It’s a vast list and it goes to show that a huge variety of spices are blended together to create that unique taste of curry.

The word curry means sauce, as there isn’t a spice called curry. The sauce has its unique aroma and flavor owing to the different spices, and that’s why a curry preparation from one Indian state can differ from another. This Indian preparation is age-old and has been created keeping in mind different health benefits of the various ingredients. Some curry recipes are even unique to a family and are passed down from generation to generation.

To break it down further, here’s a list of health benefits derived from Indian curry:

Prevents cancer

Turmeric, a core ingredient of curry and also the spice that gives it the unique yellow color, is full of antioxidants that help prevent cancer. Curcumin, in turmeric, also helps to reduce or stop cancerous tumors and growths. For patients already diagnosed with cancer, curcumin can help kill cancer cells and works well with chemotherapy treatments. Reports also suggest that components in turmeric help prevent pancreatic cancer the moment it touches your tongue. Additionally, studies suggest that curcumin can help put a stop to cancer metastasis.

Turmeric, a core ingredient of the curry and also the spice that gives it the unique yellow color, is full of antioxidants that help prevent cancer. (Image: pexels / CC0 1.0)

Turmeric, a core ingredient of the curry and also the spice that gives it the unique yellow color, is full of antioxidants that help prevent cancer. (Image: pexels / CC0 1.0)

Good for the heart

The spicy heat of the curry flavor can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. This is also true for the garlic that is abundant in curries, which helps to reduce bad cholesterol. Cinnamon and Fenugreek seeds, too, are great ingredients that help control cholesterol levels in the body.

Furthermore, curcumin is a useful spice that comes in handy for the heart, too. It improves the endothelial lining and function, which properly regulates blood pressure and blood clotting. Additionally, cardamon, considered to be a vasodilator, helps improve blood pressure and also reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Strengthens bones

Turmeric also increases the body’s ability to regrow bones, fix itself, and strengthen connecting joints. The research is still in its nascent state; however, experiments conducted suggest that consuming curry full of curcumin can reduce bone loss by even 50 percent and improve the overall health of your bones. The bones’ ability to regrow after a fracture or other damages are also reinforced.

The sauce has its unique aroma and flavor owing to the different spices and that’s why a curry preparation from one Indian state could differ from the other. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

The sauce has its unique aroma and flavor owing to the different spices, and that’s why a curry preparation from one Indian state can differ from another. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Combats brain disorders

One of the most disturbing brain disorders and one that is, unfortunately, becoming a common one is Alzheimer’s. However, studies suggest that curcumin in curry can help prevent and/or treat this disease. This is further supported by the fact that India has one of the lowest numbers of patients suffering from this disease.

Curcumin boosts the ability of brain-derived neurotrophic factors to form new connections and grow. This could essentially delay brain deterioration and could possibly even reverse it.

Reduces inflammation

If you are suffering from joint pains or arthritis, curry can help relieve pain. It’s a natural remedy that has components that can help achieve effects like antibiotics and painkillers. Cloves, cumin, and ginger are full of antioxidants that fight inflammation.

Chronic inflammation is a serious problem that can affect the heart, metabolism, and can even be a symptom of cancer or brain disorders. Curcumin helps combat inflammation at the molecular level. Inflammation is painful and curry provides a healthy and tasty dose to alleviate the pain and stress.

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