It’s not a good morning unless you get a nice cup of coffee. Honestly, I love coffee . Earlier I used to make a huge cup with lots of sugar, and artificial flavors . I would drink 3-4 cups in the winter season . But when my doc told me that I may get diabetes . I stopped putting sugar and milk in coffee . Being curious , I started to look for simple ingredients that can be added to coffee . Even I am surprised that I found them in the spices rack in my kitchen . Just a pinch of these ingredients will make you healthier .
Natural Ingredients To Add To Coffee
Cardamom has an intense aroma and unique taste. It is naturally alkaline, making it an antidote to acid. The acidic nature of coffee leads to an increase in gas in intestines making digestion difficult. As cardamom contains natural carminatives , it relieves the accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal. It possesses anti-inflammatory and anti- carcinogenic properties.
Cinnamon has a sweet, earthy fragrance . The sweet & woody flavor of cinnamon mellow downs the bitterness of coffee . It reduces blood sugar levels & cholesterol levels . It promotes insulin sensitivity and is beneficial for people with Type II diabetes / PCOS . It is anti- inflammatory & helps treat certain types of pain and headaches. It helps lessen the severity of menstrual bleeding too .
Turmeric is mildly aromatic and has scents of orange or ginger. It gets the yellow color from a compound known as curcumin . Adding turmeric neutralizes the bitter taste of coffee . It helps control chronic inflammation . The one we cannot see but is inside our body resulting in poor sleep, blood sugar, and heart-related diseases . It improves the health of brain mitochondria thus helping in Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s .
Nutmeg has a nutty but slightly sweet flavor. It is my favorite spice to be sprinkled on coffee . It has high magnesium content that reduces nerve tension . Consuming nutmeg helps eliminate toxins accumulated in liver and kidney . The antibacterial components of nutmeg help in eliminating bad breath . Myristicin and Macelignan are the two essential oils found in nutmeg. They prevent degradation of neurons and improves cognitive health .
Cloves have warm earthy flavor . It contains an active compound Eugenol . It prevents the damages caused by environmental pollutants . It also contains a variety of flavonoids .They are ideal for protecting the organs from the effects of free radicals, especially the liver. Cloves improve digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive enzymes .They are helpful in controlling lung cancer in its early stages.
These are some of the natural ingredients I like to use in my coffee . What do you add to your coffee to make it interesting ? Comment below .