THERAPEUTIC POTENTIAL OF CULINARY SPICESAbstract
Spices are herbs used as flavoring, aromatic, and coloring agents. The culture of various countries even involves the incorporation of spices daily, not just for their culinary potential but also for the health benefits they provide. Many age-old scriptures suggest incorporating the Indian System of Spices in everyday meals to counter many diseases and keep them at bay. The fact that dietary factors play an important role in the treatment as-well-as prevention of diseases makes it all the more important to conduct research and provide scientific evidence regarding the use of culinary species as potential agents with a therapeutic effect. Such culinary spices have various active phytoconstituents, which can have many therapeutic effects and also prove to be great antimicrobial, antidiabetic, anticancer, etc. Generally, most of allopathic drugs are taken individually. Still, unlike them, the spices are consumed in combinations to provide a possible synergistic effect that would be advantageous to us. Also, due to lesser chances of side effects and incorporation of mechanisms to treat any disease right from its root, it would be safer and more practical to head for herbal drugs like these culinary spices for treating all sorts of diseases and various other ailments too.
Akanksha Singh, Shikha Saxena, Swati Madaan, Reecha Madaan, Avneet Kaur Lamba and Ramanpreet Walia *
Amity Institute of Pharmacy, Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
16 February 2022
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