New Delhi, May 16 -- Good cooks will swear by their spices to the last pinch. And food lovers will turn up their noses at dishes that don't have that little bit of dalchini or garam masala. The latest to addition the spice bandwagon are food scientists and nutritionists, who are acknowledging the fact that spices have a lot more than just the taste factor. They possess medicinal qualities and micro nutrients that can bring a positive difference to our bodies and minds.

A steaming mug of elaichi tea works wonders for the sagging spirit, especially on a dull, rainy day. Use the seeds powdered or whole to lend a distinct flavour to milk, tea, curries, sweets and desserts.

Health Benefits: It works as a carminative (relieves flatulence) and d...