Turmeric:The Traditional Healing Spice
Turmeric - the traditional healing golden spice
Every kitchen in India has a shelf where a container filled with a magical, golden- yellow coloured powder is kept. That magical powder is nothing but turmeric (Haldi). Turmeric is obtained by grinding the dried roots of the curcuma longa plant. It's one of the main ingredients uses in Indian Cuisine. As a child I remember having warm turmeric milk with honey. Back then I didn't really know the health benefits. Just had it because my Mom asked me to. But today after all my research and experience in health and fitness , I've learnt that turmeric is one beneficial ingredient you got to add to your diet.
Since centuries, turmeric has been used as a medicine for treating wounds, colds infections, liver diseases and skin problems. It plays a very important role in Ayurvedic as well as in Chinese medicine. In India, haldi is applied on a bride to be as a ritual before marriage as the Hindus consider turmeric to be auspicious and sacred.
However in recent times, turmeric has been getting a lot attention from the west as well. Every now and then we hear bloggers speaking about how beneficial turmeric is.
But is turmeric just another over rated wellness trend or does it actually benefit your health?
Keep reading to know the actual benefits of turmeric and how you can consume it.
1. Relieves arthritis :
The main ingredient present in turmeric is curcumin. According to medical studies, Curcumin has the ability to reduce the aggravation that people with arthritis feel in their joints.
2. Anti septic in nature :
Turmeric is a natural anti septic and anti bacterial agent. It curbs infection and aids healing. It helps in healing open wounds.
3. Prevents Cancer :
Consuming moderate amounts of turmeric can helps in preventing prostate cancer. It also has a preventive effect against tumor cells such as T-cell leukemia, colon carcinomas and breast carcinomas.
4. Reduces blood cholesterol
High cholesterol levels can lead to cardio vascular diseases. Consumption of turmeric can help in blood thinning and control blood cholesterol levels.
5. Increases immunity
Turmeric contains a substance called lipopolysaccharide. This substance helps stimulate the body’s immune system. A strong immune system acts like a shield towards viruses , flu, cold and many other diseases. Remember in childhood , whenever you fell ill, your Grandma forced you to have some milk with turmeric?
6. Natural pain killer.
The curcumin present in turmeric helps in reducing inflammation by lowering histamine levels and stimulating the adrenal glands to produce more cortisone, the body’s natural painkiller.
So by now you know what turmeric actually does.
If you wish to include this golden herb in your daily diet , below are some easy and safe ways you can consume turmeric.
1. Lemon water and turmeric :
Ingredients 1/2 lemon 1/2 teaspoon turmeric Organic Honey 1 cup warm water.
Add 1/2 turmeric and honey to the warm water. Squeeze some lemon juice into this tea and mix well. Drinking this daily in the morning has proved to be beneficial to many.
2. Capsules and tablets :
Curcumin and tumeric supplements are available online on various sites. Doctors suggest taking 500mg a day in the form of capsule to see positive changes in your health.
3. Adding it to food.
You can add a bit of turmeric to Rice, vegetable soups, broths and currys as well. This is an easier way to consume turmeric and still benefit from it.
4. Vegan Turmeric Latte.
• 2 cups almond milk (500 ml) • 1 tsp turmeric powder • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon • 2 tbsp maple or agave syrup
You can add a pinch of turmeric to your smoothies. However make sure your smoothie consists a good amount of greens, plant based milk and protein. Don't go over board with turmeric , just add a little.
6. Oatmeal and porridge
Turmeric can also be added to your oatmeal. Including it in your breakfast can help boost your immunity. You can also add a pinch of turmeric to your porridge or milk.
These were some easy ways to add a bit of color and health to your food. You can add turmeric in anything you prefer! :)