Haldi To Kali Mirch: 5 Desi Spices To Boost Metabolism
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Indian cuisine is known for its vibrant use of spices. These spices give a unique and distinct flavour to the dishes and make them different from one another. Apart from lending robust flavours, these humble spices are known for their ample medicinal properties too. While turmeric is known for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, cinnamon is considered a boon for throat health. But how many of you know about the spices that can boost metabolism? 

If some studies are to be believed, there are several Indian spices that are believed to have potential metabolism-boosting properties. Adding these spices to your meals can be a flavorful and healthful way to support your overall well-being. However, one must always consult with a healthcare professional before making significant changes to your diet in case of any allergy or prolonged illness.   

Here are six Indian spices that are often associated with boosting metabolism: 


Haldi or turmeric is known for its active compound curcumin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. If some studies are to be believed, curcumin might help increase metabolism by influencing certain enzymes. It can also help in weight management in some cases. 

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Kali Mirch 

Kali mirch also known as black pepper, has piperine that helps in the absorption of other nutrients. As per studies, it also has a positive impact on metabolism. Studies suggest that piperine can increase the thermogenic process in the body and this can potentially lead to a higher metabolic rate. 


Dalchini or cinnamon is an efficient remedy when it comes to throat infections. Did you know this spice can boost metabolism too? Often used to add flavor to both sweet and savory dishes, dalchini improves insulin sensitivity and helps in regulating blood sugar levels and metabolism.  


Not particularly a spice, this herb is widely used in cuisines all across the globe. Ginger has been traditionally used for its potential digestive benefits. Some studies suggest that it could have a thermogenic effect, which means it might increase the body's energy expenditure and thus contribute to a higher metabolic rate. 


Often used as flavouring in teas, desserts and popular rice dishes, elaichi or cardamom is known for its aromatic and flavor enhancing properties. Studies claim that this spice can help improve metabolic parameters like lipid and glucose levels, potentially contributing to better metabolic health.