Garam masala is a blend of spices that is integral to Indian cooking. This special spice blend also has an incredible bounty of health benefits. There are many different variations of garam masala, however, the core of its health aids remain the same. The aromatic blend is responsible for the rich and deep flavours you’ll find in all Indian cooking, and it often contains up to 10 different spices.
The word ‘garam’ can be translated to mean warm or hot, and masala simply means spice. Common spices in garam masala include black peppercorn, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and cumin. The spices are carefully balanced for a warming and sweet earthy flavour. It is the precursor to curry powder, and has had a long history in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
One of the core ingredients of garam masala is cinnamon. As we know, cinnamon has some incredible benefits to the aromatic. Cinnamon has the ability to naturally lower blood sugar therefore can help prevent the development of diabetes, especially for those at risk. Not only does cinnamon help lower blood sugar levels, as proven by numerous scientific studies, but also helps your body’s responsiveness and sensitivity to insulin which is the vital hormone that keeps your blood sugar levels balanced.
Improves Immune system
The mixture of spices in garam masala all help to improve your general immune system. The amalgamation of aromatics within garam masala contains anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, anti-diabetics, antimicrobials, anti-carcinogenics, lipid-lowering and even cardiovascular disease lowering compounds. It helps elevate all of these aids by being in just one blend.
Helps digestive system
In Ayurvedic medicine, garam masala is primarily prized with being able to improve ‘digestive fire’ hence the name. According to Ayurveda, you need to provide your body with particular warming foods in the right quantity in order to maintain this optimal digestive fire. Garam masala raises the body’s temperature and metabolism. This prevents any sluggish digestion and build-up of toxins.
Aids in preventing cancer
Generally, spices are associated with cancer prevention. There have bee studies looking garam masala being a natural anticancer substance. Consumption of this spice blend can lead to a significant and dose-dependent desirable change in the level of detoxification system enzymes. This means that the aromatics act as a natural cancer preventative agent by supporting bodily detoxification.