Benefits of Garam Masala
1. Improves Digestive Fire
According to Ayurvedic medicine, garam masala is properly named for its ability to heat up the body or improve digestive fire. The foundation of this 5,000-year-old system of natural healing is agni or digestive fire. According to Ayurveda, you need to provide your body with the right type and amount of warming foods to maintain optimal digestive fire.
Garam masala is said to do this by increasing the consumer’s body temperature and consequently raising metabolism as well. This prevents sluggish digestion and the build of of toxins in the body that result from digestive fire not being ideal. Garam masala also brings all the six rasas (tastes) into a dish to promote a balancing effect on the consumer. (4)
2. Wards Off Constipation
Since garam masala improves digestion, it’s not surprising that it’s also been shown to decrease digestive transit time, which is excellent for decreasing the likelihood of constipation. This is hugely important to our health since constipation is one of the main ways that our bodies naturally detoxify on a regular basis.
According to a small study published in the journal Tropical Gastroenterology, consumption of garam masala led to a faster digestive transit time in well-nourished, healthy human adult volunteers. Meanwhile, consumption of a spice-free meal was associated with a tendency toward a slower gastrocolic transit. (5)
3. Cancer Preventer†
In general, spices are associated with cancer prevention. One study specifically looked at garam masala and the possibility of it being a natural anticancer substance. This study, published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer, evaluated the effects of garam masala intake on animals for just 10 days. The researchers found that its consumption led to a significant and dose-dependent desirable change in the levels of detoxification system enzymes. These findings suggest that garam masala acts as a natural cancer preventative agent by encouraging bodily detoxification. (6)
Animal research has also shown a reduction in tumors as a result of consuming garam masala. (7) This is not that surprising, since many of the spices that make up this mixture are cancer-fighting foods themselves.