A staple in many Indian cuisines, jaggery powder is a healthy substitute for sugar in many dishes. It is available in powder form, palm jaggery form or liquid (kakvi) form. When consumed in winters, it has a warming effect on the body. One of its most beneficial effects is that it is a natural blood purifier. Loaded with antioxidants and minerals such as zinc and selenium, jaggery helps prevent free radical damage which causes skin cancer and other skin diseases. Apart from increasing the haemoglobin count in the body, it eases menstrual pain. Mix jaggery powder with warm water and drink it if the cramps trouble you too much!