One of the things that people find intimidating about the delicious Indian pickles is the vast array of ingredients used in it. These ingredients which can be both whole and ground, are used as per the traditions of many Indian families. Most of them have their own unique and secret recipes for the pickle that are handed down through the generations.
A pickle is preserved food containing chopped vegetables or fruits with vinegar and spices. These spices increase the nutritional value of the pickle and add a lot of flavor to it.
Let us grasp insights into the health benefits:
1. Pickles have antioxidant properties
Antioxidants are micronutrients that protect a living body against the attack of free radicals. These free radicals are highly dangerous as they mix with the DNA and alter its configuration. As our Indian pickles contain raw and unripe ingredients, they are a rich source of antioxidants.
2. Rich source of essential vitamins and minerals
Apart from unripe vegetables, Indian pickles also contain a number of leafy vegetables like coriander, curry leaves, fenugreek, and mint. These leafy vegetables contain a number of essential vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamin K, and minerals like iron, calcium, and potassium which are not provided in our routine diet, adequately. Hence, eating Indian pickles can suffice the requirement of these vitamins and minerals in your body.
3. Pickles boost your immunity
When Indian pickles are being made, a lot of turmeric powder is added to it. This turmeric powder contains a chemical called Curcumin. This chemical has anti-inflammatory properties that help your body to fight against the attack of various bacteria and viruses. It also increases the count of a growth hormone of your brain known as a brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). The increase of BDNF in your body can help it combat various brain-related diseases, particularly Alzheimer’s disease and depression. Hence, turmeric powder plays a major role in boosting your immunity.
4. Improves the process of digestion in your body
India is a vast country wherein the culture, tradition and even the food habits change every 200 km but in spite of such diversity, one thing remains common which is the use of pickles in a regular diet. One of the reasons that they are served with most of the delicacies in India is that these pickles improve the process of digestion in your body. Our digestive system generates a number of probiotic bacteria in our body which usually help us to digest our food. But with our increased use of a number of antibiotics and our deteriorating food habits, these bacteria are being destroyed. This can further result in various digestive disorders. Thus, in order to combat this deficiency, our naturally fermented Indian pickles have the ability to encourage the growth of these bacteria’s which will help you to restore your digestive health.
5. Pickles can protect your liver
Indian pickles particularly those made of Gooseberry and Amla have hepatoprotective properties in them which protect the liver from other harmful attacks. Moreover, these pickles can also reduce the damage caused to your liver if consumed on a regular basis