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Age Defying Chef Reveals 7 Herbs That Are Key To Good Health And Youthful Looks

September 13, 2015 2 min read

Anjula Devi is a 51-year-old mother of two who looks at least a few decades younger. desi Devi says she has never taken prescription medication and says that it is her eating habits that keep her not only looking young, but super healthy. Inspired by her father, Devi is a proponent of traditional Indian cooking and says, "I love cooking with fresh vegetables and greens and am careful not to use any artificial colours and preservatives. I want to inspire as many people as possible to cook delicious, healthy food, just like my father did all those years ago." Devi shared with Daily Mail the seven herbs and spices central to traditional Indian cooking which might just change your life completely. Are you unsure of their merit? "I guess the biggest telling sign that these spices do keep you young is that I'm living proof of it, although I do hate saying this!" says Devi. Here, Devi explains her favourite herbs and spices:

1. Cumin

This is the herb to opt for if you are experiencing digestive problems and bloating or as we move into winter and flu season (which I never suffer from) to boost the immune system. Cumin has a distinct balance between pungent and earthy - a slightly bitter taste - but once they hit the warm oil you get a wonderful milder, almost nutty, taste.

2. Coriander

A great citrus tangy taste, most definitely a key player in good Indian food. The great thing is that if one spice is overused it won't destroy its friendship and harmony with other spices. Coriander has a high iron content and anti-bacterial properties and is a great antidote to hay fever.

3. Brown Mustard Seeds

Now these seeds really pack a punch! They add a real nutty fire and richness to any Indian dish – and most importantly they slow down ageing and help with menopause…a must in any kitchen cupboard.

kashmiri chillies

4. Kashmiri chillies

Kashmiri chillies bring just the right amount of warmth to your dish without an over-powering taste of heat. These chillies will leave your palate suitably warm. These are the best chillies to use when you first start to experiment with Indian dishes. Kashmiri chillies are high in Vitamin C and quality antioxidants that are amazing for skin.

tumeric

5. Turmeric

Musky undertones and a slightly gingery taste, turmeric brings a great yellow hue to the dish. This is one spice you should never overuse as it is very pungent. Use to help combat arthritis, stomach pain, heartburn and a sore throat amongst other ailments.

cassia bark

6. Cassia bark

Warm and aromatic with a background of sweetness, a member of the cinnamon family but much more earthy, cassia bark helps to control blood sugar levels and cholesterol.

green cardamom

7. Green cardamom

Known as the queen of spices, green cardamom delivers a real floral, aromatic taste with a hint of eucalyptus almost perfume like. Beautifully effective in relieving constipation, green cardamom will also help to control blood pressure. How many of these do you have in your cupboard? Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_108268" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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