9 Magical spices to Burn Fat!

Spices or condiments are any dried part of a plant , other than leaves when used in small quantity imparts aroma, colour and flavour to the food making it more palatable.Most of the spices are used in traditional medicines nowadays and even can be used as preservatives. You can use spices in different forms and the most important fact is that they do not contain calories or fat in them. Sounds interesting?
Some of the benefits of spices include:
Helps burn belly fat
Boosting up of immunity
Aids in digestion
These magical spices are loaded with Anti- ageing, anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties as well. Yay! Lets have a look at it!

Turmeric (Yellow gold)

Turmeric is considered as one of the superfoods if you use it wisely. Turmeric is also known as 'haldi' because of its bright yellow colour. It contains a compound called 'curcumin' that helps in weight loss and it also helps in absorption of black pepper when used in combination. Curcumin is also responsible for reducing the oxidative stress in our cells thus acting as anti oxidant and it helps in prevention and healing of cancer as well. Anti inflammatory property decreases the chances of inflammatory condition in fat, pancreas and muscles and hence helps in reducing blood glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and other metabolic conditions. It also suppresses fat growth in tissues. All of these factors together contributes to burning of fat and weight loss. Try adding turmeric in your favourite curries and dishes, and in addition to that it is recommended to mix Turmeric and other spices in boiled water and have it. An alternative way of doing it is to mix a dash of turmeric in milk which turns out to be an unbeatable immunity booster!
Compound: Curcumin
Anti inflammatory, anti oxidant, Immunity booster

Black Pepper (king of spices)

Black pepper
Black pepper contains piperine, a compound that enhances metabolic performance and suppresses fat accumulation in the body. It produces diet induced thermogenesis or heat in our body which helps to increase the metabolism and thus helps in burning of fat. Black pepper also helps in absorption of nutrients in the body when used along with turmeric that raises the bioavailability of black pepper to a great extent. It strengthens immunity, helps in controlling blood sugar, Improve cholesterol levels and fights against infections too. So lets see how to prepare it. Have a Black pepper tea prepared with a pinch of grounded black pepper flavored with ginger,  lemon and honey.
Compound : Piperine
Anti diabetic, Anti oxidant, Anti inflammatory properties
Increases metabolic rate
Burns fat
Increases bio-availability of curcumin when used together

Coriander seeds

Coriander seeds stimulate digestive enzymes and juices that aids in easy digestion. A healthy digestive system is required for keeping body weight in check, or else it leads to accumulation of waste products which in turn causes weight gain or obesity. Its also known as best 'chelating agent' that helps in cleansing of body by removing toxins. It is a rich source of Magnesium as well, which is very essential for the metabolism of glucose to take place and helping in utilisation of energy. It also has excellent anti oxidant activity that destroys the free oxygen radicals produced in our body thus maintaining healthy tissues. In order to get the above benefits, have a cup of Corriander drink that helps to detoxify yourself from toxins and make you feel light thus helping in weight loss!
Compound: Essential Oils
 Anti-microbial, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
help maintain healthy tissues.

Cumin seeds(Jeera)

Cumin seeds boosts up your metabolism, lowers cholesterol level and controls blood sugar. It helps your cells respond to insulin and glucose. Obesity can be prevented by having a control on your blood sugar so that unnecessary weight gain can be avoided. Cumin seeds are beneficial for fat reduction by lowering LDL or bad cholesterol. You can have Cumin by several ways such as a cumin drink-A teaspoon of cumin seeds soaked overnight can go a long way accelerating your weight loss journey or can be added to most of the food stuffs including your curries, pulses etc. Cumin seeds are rich in iron, as a teaspoon of it contains 1.4 mg of iron in it. So guys why wait? Go have a cumin drink!
Compound: Cuminaldehyde
Have an anti-inflammatory and anti-septic, anti diabetic effect
Rich in Iron 
Great for Digestion and weight loss

Fennel Seeds

Fennel or saunf is a natural diuretic and also known to suppress hunger. Apart from being rich in vitamins like A, C and D, fennel tea has many antioxidant properties which helps in improving the digestive functioning. A better digestion automatically paves way for a healthy weight loss. Being rich in vitamins, it can be used to boost up the immunity. It also helps to prevent bacterial and fungal infections.
Compound: fenchone, methyl chavicol, and limonene
Anti-fungal and antibacterial properties
Immune system booster 


Cinnamon helps in reducing weight by acting on the Beta cells of pancreas that produces insulin and regulates blood glucose levels. The health of pancreas is so important that once insulin becomes resistant, the glucose cannot be metabolised and this contributes to obesity. Moreover, Cinnamon can naturally reduce the appetite. There are 2 kinds of Cinnamon available - Ceylon or Srilankan cinnamon and Cassia or Indian variety. Among these, Srilankan Cinnamon is more beneficial in controlling diabetes because intake of cassia more than the required amount can harm your liver health and increase the risk of cancer as it contains a compound called 'coumarin'. You can have grounded ceylon cinnamon in boiled water in an empty stomach to burn the belly fat.
Compound : Cinnamaldehyde
Anti diabetic ,anti oxidant and anti inflammatory properties
Ceylon cinnamon or Srilankan Cinnamon is more beneficial than cassia

Cardamom (Queen of spices) 

Cardamom is an effective digestive stimulant that helps in boosting up the metabolism and helps body to burn fat more efficiently. Helps in indigestion, acidity, constipation, water retention etc. It keeps blood sugar and cholesterol in control. It helps to fight against free radicals being an anti oxidant. You can add some to your morning tea or just chew into two-three pods for better results.
Compound: Cineole
Anti oxidant and anti inflammatory properties
Helps with acidity
Metabolic booster


Clove stimulates metabolism thereby helps reducing weight. It has anti cholestyramine and anti lipid properties thus helps to control cholesterol and blood glucose levels. The eugenol present in cloves helps ease the digestion process. Healthy digestion is the key to weight loss. It helps with digestion and bloating. Clove is rich in many of the essential vitamins like vitamin E, vitamin C,  folate, riboflavin, thiamine and vitamin K. All these vitamins contribute to anti oxidant property as well, that aids in lowering the oxidative stress generated in the cells of our body and by killing the free radicals. This is due to the presence of  essential vitamins and it can be called as an immunity booster. Using small quantity of cloves plays a major role in liver detoxification. Chewing cloves helps you to get rid of bad odour and provides a better oral health. Cloves can be added to curries, masalas, biriyanis and along with other spices as a drink!
Compound: Eugenol
Anti cancerous , anti oxidant , anti fungal and anti bacterial
Immunity booster
Controls blood sugar
Helps in digestion and bloating
Small quantity helps in liver detox.

Fenugreek (Methi)

Fenugreek can help suppress food cravings because of its natural fibre content. It also protects our body from free radical damage. It also helps in weight loss by boosting up the metabolism. Fenugreek seeds (trigonella foenum graecum) are high in soluble fibre, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down digestion, because it is rich in soluble fibre that reduces serum cholesterol level which in turn helps reduce the fat content in our body. High antioxidant content 'flavonoid' helps to reduce inflammation.
Compound : polyphenols
Anti oxidant,anti diabetic and anti inflammatory properties.
Gives satiety feeling or fullness due to fibre.
However over uses of spices is not recommended, which increases body heat or garam that may negatively impact our health. So, do not go overboard with spices. Make sure you go for organic spices without adulteration in it.

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