Turmeric: The wonder spice

Do you always wonder why our mothers push us to drink a glass of ‘haldi wala doodh', i.e. milk with turmeric, everyday! So here we have come up with the answer.

Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. Mostly grown in Asia and Central America, it is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

The golden powder of Haldi is commonly used in Indian and Chinese food, to give taste and colour. In many regions of India, haldi ceremony is an important part of the marriage ceremonies, where they put turmeric on bride and groom, to make them look good on their big day.

Let us see, what all can Turmeric do for us:

1. Give relief from Arthritic Pain

Turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties have been instrumental in treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The antioxidant also destroys the free radicals in the body that damage the cells. Anybody suffering from the condition should consume the spice on a daily basis to relieve themselves of mild joint pains and inflammation, though it should be understood that it does not stand as a substitute for medication.

2. Prevents Cancer

The compound cur cumin present in turmeric has been known to interfere with cancer development in the body. While the studies are in the early stages of research, cur cumin shows promise in the fight against cancer and in boosting the effects of chemotherapy. This property of turmeric becomes even more potent when paired with freshly ground black pepper.

3. Protects brain

There is another power compound present in turmeric that has not been studied much - aromatic turmerone or ar-turmerone. Research has found that this compound promotes repair in the stem cells of the brain - the same stem cells that can help in the recovery from neuro-degenerative diseases like stroke and Alzheimer's. Studies also suggest that cur cumin in turmeric may help to improve memory in Alzheimer's patients.

4. Improves digestion

When consumed raw while suffering from a digestive problem, turmeric can help treat the condition. The major components of the spice stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile, instantly making the digestive system more efficient. It is also known to reduce symptoms of bloating and gas.

5. Excellent healing properties

Turmeric is every grandmother's pet suggestion to treat any pain, cut, burn or infection. Its natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties make it an effective disinfectant. The powder can be sprinkled on the affected area to help it heal faster. Instead of turning to a pill, the next time you experience an upset stomach or heartburn, try this super spice instead.

6. Delays Diabetes

The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric have been found to delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes in people with pre-diabetes. It further helps moderate insulin levels and boosts the effect of medications that treat diabetes. However, it is important to consult a health professional before combining it with strong medication.

7. Immunity Booster

Lip polysaccharide - a substance in turmeric with anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agents help stimulate the human immune system. Take a teaspoon of the spice powder in a glass of warm milk daily and you'll see it work wonders as it reduces your chances of catching a flu.

8. Reducing weight

Being overweight is the condition of energy imbalance in the body and weight issues are the most common hazards of modern life. Turmeric can help in reducing those extra pounds from your body.

9. Cleanse skin

Turmeric helps in cleansing the skin also. It helps in removing acne, which is a common skin condition characterized by blackheads, whiteheads and pustules. A lot of people want whiter skin, and many of them prefer using natural ways and means in achieving that, then turmeric is the end of their hunt. Regular use of turmeric gives smooth and glowing skin.

 

 

 

 

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Author

Aakriti Karle