Most of us have Tumeric in our spice racks, after all, it is the spice which gives curry its distinctive yellow colour, but did you know about the amazing health benefits this spice holds?
It has been used widely in India for thousands of years for the following conditions
Stomach ailments including diarrhea, bloating and heartburn.
Skin conditions including ringworm and wound infections.
Fibromyalgia and depression.
To fight the signs of aging.
To help with weight loss by accelerating the metabolism.
To lower bad cholesterol.
To help with menstrual symptoms.
To improve liver function.
To boosts memory function and concentration.
To reduce the severity of arthritis.
Turmeric has been studied as a cancer inhibitor and early studies suggest that it helps to prevent cancerous cells in the colon, prostate, and lungs. Indian populations have some of the lowest cancer rates in these organs. However, the study is not definitive.
The magic ingredient is known as curcumin and it is said to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Dissolve 2 grams of turmeric powder in a cup of boiling water, add lemon, honey, and ginger for improved flavour.
(It can be used in milk the same way)
Ways to include turmeric into your diet
Use to add flavour to main dishes.
Add to soups, salad dressings, and stir-fries.
Sprinkle over roasted vegetables.
Look for curcumin supplements that contain black pepper.Tinctures and tablets can be purchased from health shops
You can also use turmeric topically.
To help your body absorb the curcumin from turmeric add black pepper and coconut oil.
Taking turmeric in large quantities can cause side effects and must be avoided by people taking anticoagulant medicine.
Don’t take medicinally when pregnant or if you have diabetes.
Just to finish, turmeric stains everything bright yellow so use with caution!