Do you know hing or asafoetida, which is commonly used all across the country is imported from countries like Iran, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan? The good news is that now the scientists of Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have planted saplings of hing in Himachal Pradesh and if the cultivation is successful, it will be grown locally and we will manage to save about a whopping Rs. 900 Crores which is yearly spent to import the spice to India.
Coming back to the use of thing in Indian kitchens, it is most commonly used to add flavour and aroma to our different food preparations. But do you know thing has some amazing benefits for our health too? Hing or asafoetida is great for digestion and weight loss. Hing has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties of asafoetida are good for your overall well being.
Other than adding hing to your curries or veggies, a good way of consuming it is by having hing water. Yes, you can have a pinch of hing with water and it has some amazing benefits.
How To Make Hing Water?
Take a glass of warm water and add 1/2 tsp of hing powder to it. Mix and drink it on an empty stomach for maximum benefits.
Here are some benefits of drinking hing water:
Hing helps you deal with digestive issues. Consuming asafoetida helps in flushing out all the harmful toxins from your digestive tract that lead to problems like indigestion. It regulates the digestion process and brings the pH level of the stomach to normal.
Helps In Weight Loss
Hing water helps in increasing your metabolism. A higher metabolic rate means better weight loss. Drinking hing water can help you lose weight quickly. It also keeps the bad cholesterol of your body in control and doesn't let it affect your heart.
Protects Against Cancer
Hing is a powerful anti-oxidant and if consumed regularly, it protects the cells of your body from free radicals. This further protects you against cancer.
If you are someone who catches a cold really quick during winter season then drink hing water. It keeps respiratory issues at bay and prevents you from catching cold.
The anti-inflammatory properties of hing help you deal with a headache. It reduces the inflammation in the blood vessels of your head. Drink some hing water to get relief from headache.
Relief From Menstrual Pain
At times it gets really difficult to deal with menstrual pain. Hing is a great remedy to get rid of back and lower abdomen pain. It works as a blood thinner and helps in a smooth flow of blood in the body. This provides relief from period pain. Drink hing water during your periods to get relief.
Lowers Blood Sugar Level
Consuming hing helps you lower the blood sugar level. Hing or asafoetida stimulates the pancreas cells which then secrete more insulin and this decreases your blood sugar.
Helps Controlling High Blood Pressure
Hing has compounds that prevent blood clotting. It helps in improving the blood flow in the body. This further helps in controlling the blood pressure.
If not in water, you can also consume hing in buttermilk. Hing water works best for you if consumed on an empty stomach.
Now that you know the amazing benefits of asafoetida then do make it a part of your everyday diet. For more stories on health, stay tuned!