Amongst all the seasonings and mixes we use for Indian cooking, there is one spice that we only use a pinch of! Asafoetida is one that is recognised even by Ayurveda for its healing and flavour enhancing properties. Lg or Lalgee Godhoo and Company has taken this spice and packaged it for use in your kitchen!
1. Asthma Relief
As a potent respiratory stimulant and expectorant, asafoetida helps release phlegm and relieve chest congestion naturally. It’s used in traditional medicine for asthma, whooping cough and bronchitis. The volatile oil in the asafoetida gum is eliminated through the lungs, which is why it can be an excellent treatment for asthma and other lung-related issues.
2. Lowers Blood Pressure
Asafoetida is a natural blood thinner and can help to lower blood pressure. It’s packed with coumarin, a compound that aids in improving your blood flow and thinning your blood, thereby preventing blood clotting.
Scientists have been able to isolate certain phytochemicals in Ferula species (the source of asafoetida) that have helpful cardiovascular effects. Research using animal subjects has shown that Ferula asafoetida gum extract significantly reduces average arterial blood pressure. The gum extract seems to contain relaxant compounds that have a positive effect on blood pressure and cardiovascular health in general, thanks in part to these phytonutrients.
3. Helps Treat IBS
IBS generally causes severe IBS symptoms, including one or more of the following: alternating diarrhea and constipation, intestinal gas, bloating and cramping, abdominal pain, painful bowel movements, mucous discharge, and undigested food in the stool. Asafoetida has been studied and found to be a successful homeopathic remedy for those suffering from IBS.
A 14-week, double-blind study treated IBS sufferers people with asafoetida or a placebo. Results showed that subjects taking the homeopathic remedy of asafoetida improved to a greater extent than those taking placebo. Additionally, asafoetida is specifically recommended for IBS sufferers that experience constipation alternating with watery diarrhea, bloated stomach with a lot of gas, and a sensation of a lump in the throat that’s relieved by swallowing and belching. These symptoms are also typically worse after eating and sitting, during the night, and on the left side, but are relieved by pressure and by motion in the open air. (3)
4. Blood Sugar Control
Animal studies have shown that asafoetida might be an effective and natural way to help keep blood sugar levels in check and maintain normal blood sugar. When asafoetida extract was given to diabetic animal subjects at a dose of 50 milligrams per kilogram for four weeks, researchers observed a blood sugar-lowering effect. The study concluded that this effect is likely due to the presence of phenolic acids, specifically ferulic acid, and tannins in asafoetida extract.