Turmeric

Turmeric, often deemed as the most important spice of the Indian culture or the “Queen of Spices”, both due to its medicinal attributes and its distinctive taste in Indian cooking, is beneficial for the human body and heart in many ways. Because of its unique chemical composition, containing Curcumin, which is responsible for its colour, is the key ingredient of its good properties.

It is biologically known as Curcuma longa, is a very common herb. It contains a broad range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties and consists of many nutrients such as protein, dietary fibre, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Due to all these factors, it is often used to treat a wide variety of health problems.

Here are some of the beneficiary aspects of turmeric:

As A Diabetes Controller

It can be used in the treatment of diabetes due to its ability to maintain insulin levels by increasing production of beta cells. It improves the glucose control of the body and enhances the effectiveness of medicines for the treatment of diabetes.

As An Immunity Booster

 The substance called as lipopolysaccharide, which is present in it, helps to stimulate the bodies’ immune system. A strong immune system helps to prevent oneself from colds, flu and coughs. If you do get one, mixing one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drinking it once, daily, would be hugely beneficial. The ingredient Curcumin helps macrophages (human immune cells) kill bacteria by the process of apoptosis, a process of programmed cell death.

Turmeric Improves Digestion

Most of the components in turmeric stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile, which reduces symptoms of gas and bloating by enhancing metabolism. It is helpful in treating ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease. It relieves spasms of smooth muscle, reducing digestives cramps.

Weight Management

A major component present in turmeric helps in maintaining the ideal body weight of an individual by increasing the flow of bile, thus breaking down the dietary fat. Having one teaspoon of turmeric powder with every meal will practically help to treat obesity and weight issues.

Heals Wounds

 Being a natural antibacterial and antiseptic agent, Turmeric is used as an effective disinfectant. In the case of cuts and burns, you can sprinkle turmeric powder on the affected area to speed up the healing process. It also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis.

(Related: Turmeric Milk, a saviour to recover from wounds and injuries)

As A Versatile Ingredient

 Turmeric, being a versatile ingredient, can be used on sweet or salty recipes and even drinks. One of the famous recipes which include turmeric is drinking the Golden Latte, which consists of turmeric powder, regular or nut milk and honey, with many other variations to this recipe adding even more good factors and making it more flavoursome. It can also be used as a beauty product as it cleans and purifies the skin and is a medicine for treating skin problems like acne, wrinkles, dry skin and dark circles, giving the skin a healthier look. It is commonly used in body scrubs and face masks.

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