Allspice berries(Sarvasugandhi, Jamaica pepper)- A miracle spice for gastro-intestinal problems
Allspice berries(Sarvasugandhi, Jamaica pepper)
Allspice is a dried fruit of pimento dioica.This is native to Greater Antilles, Southern Mexico and Central America.
Its name allspice it is because of its aromatic flavour which is the combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. The plant contains fruits at its early growing stage. This is also called as Jamaica pepper, kurundu, myrtle pepper, pimento or newspice, Allspice .This contains a cluster of flowers, which are small and white in colour.
Here the unripened green berries are picked up and allowed to drying in the sun.This should be dried thoroughly.The USA and other western countries this is used for culinary purposes.And also in food items includes desserts like cookies, cakes, fruit pies, puddings ice cream and pumpkin pie.This is also used to smoke meats like pork, chicken, and beef.It is used in liqueurs also ,like Benedictine and Chartreuse.
Medicinal Uses of Allspice berries
Allspice can be used for digestive problems and intestinal diseases.This can be used to fight against disease caused by micro-organisms.This helps to regulate the circulation of blood.
The smell of allspice is sweet and aromatic.Hence it is widely used for kitchen purposes.This fruit exhibits anti-inflammatory, warming and soothing , carminative and anti-flatulent properties.This is a rich source of niacin.And it helps to detoxify the harmful compounds which cause diseases.
This contains oils such as eugenol ,this chemical compound gives the sweet and pleasant aromatic fragrance to the Allspice.This has an anaesthetic and antiseptic property.Hence it is used in dental treatments.
The spice contains minerals such as potassium, manganese, iron, copper, selenium, and magnesium.The iron content helps the cellular metabolisms.And iron also helps to increase the production of red cells in the bone marrow.The potassium helps to regulate heart rate and blood pressure.Manganese is used as a co-factor for antioxidant enzymes.
It contains vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), riboflavin, niacin and vitamin-C.Vitamin-C helps to resist against infections.
The outer coat of Allspice has a high concentration of compounds which has great medicinal value.The chemical compounds in the Allspice helps to increase the enzyme secretions inside the stomach and intestine.This improves the smooth functioning of the gastrointestinal tract.