Turmeric is an ancient root used for coloring and flavoring food, for cosmetic purposes and for medicinal properties dates back to the ancient Vedic culture of India. Turmeric comes from the rhizome (rootstock) of the Curcuma longa plant. Referred to as “Indian saffron” in medieval England, it has powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities.
Used in almost all Indian curries, this spice has almost no calories and zero cholesterol. It is loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Curcumin, having mustardy smell is active ingredient of turmeric.
- Commonly used as spice in curries and to impart colour to mustard condiments.
- It’s antibacterial, so it’s great for blemishes, acne and skin balance. Turmeric is wonderful at improving the texture of the skin because it is an exfoliant but also rich in antioxidants.
- Curcumin shows a marked ability to inhibit cancer cell growth, boost antioxidant levels and the immune system and kill cancer cells.
- Lower blood glucose levels and reverse insulin resistance.
- Prevents alzheimer’s disease.
- Treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Can reduce serum cholesterol levels.
- Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system.
- Improves digestion and reduces symptoms of bloating and gas.
- Turmeric helps increase the flow of bile, an important component in the breakdown of dietary fat thus helps in weight management.
- Used for heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders.
- It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, depression, treat ringworm, water retention and kidney problems.