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5 heart-friendly Indian spices you must include in your diet

Research has found that spices like fenugreek, cinnamon, ajwain, etc. is a delicious and easy way to maintain a healthy heart!

Written by Anuradha Varanasi | Published : February 11, 2016 7:45 AM IST

Have These 5 Indian Spices On A Daily Basis For A Healthy Heart

India has a rich history of using various herbs, spices and herbal components for treating various diseases. In fact, several studies have found that spices play a vital role in the management of heart diseases because they can be effective in both, prevention and treatment. These are the five Indian spices you consume regularly that can protect your heart.

Ajawain Can Reduce Blood Pressure

Ajwain can reduce blood pressure and also your heart rate if consumed in moderation. Due to this, it is effective in preventing hypertension [2]. However, avoid using too much ajwain in your food because at higher doses (10-30 mg/kg), it is known to cause bradycardia or slow heart rate.

Fenugreek Seeds Can Reduce Blood Pressure (BP)

Fenugreek seeds or methi is highly effective in reducing blood sugar and cholesterol levels in coronary artery disease patients [3]. You can have soaked fenugreek seeds (2.5 g) twice daily for three months for protecting yourself against not only obesity but also heart diseases.  Also Read - Why Is Colon Cancer A Leading Cause Of Cancer Deaths?

Coriander Seeds Are A Traditional Medicine For Cholesterol And Diabetes

Corriander has a long history as a traditional medicine for cholesterol and diabetes. Corriander seeds are rich in compounds that can lower blood sugar levels [4]. You can soak a few coriander seeds (one teaspoon) overnight and have it the next morning for a healthier heart.

Cinnamon Is An Indian Spice That Can Lower Bad Cholesterol Levels

Cinnamon is effective in lowering bad cholesterol levels and also has the ability to increase good cholesterol [5]. It is commonly used in Indian dishes and you could also add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of warm water to reap the benefits.  Also Read - Thyroid Storm: 10 Warning Symptoms of This Unusual Medical Emergency