Turmeric is an Indian spice that has been used in alternative medicine because of its anti-inflammatory characteristics. It is a characteristic ingredient of food in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia…
Because of the knowledge about the many health benefits, this spice is increasingly present in the kitchen of the Western world, too.
Turmeric or as some call Indian saffron, besides the main card it contains – curcumin, it also contains a full range of vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent source of manganese, iron, potassium and vitamin B6. Since it is usually eaten in an amount of one teaspoon, the caloric contribution is negligible and it is only 8 calories.
Here are a few reasons why it is good to use turmeric.
Turmeric helps to reduce damage from pathogens and toxic compounds such as heavy metals, radiation, nicotine and other chemicals.
Protects against arthritis
The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric have long been used in ancient Indian and Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for inflammatory disorders, for example arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The researchers found that an extract of turmeric blocks attack of rheumatoid arthritis in rats. It appears that the extract prevents protein (known as NF-KB) that is activated in the joint. This protein is associated with an increased risk of inflammation.
It helps with wound healing
Turmeric has antiseptic properties and analgesic. In ancient times, it was put on wounds and cuts, in order to cure them, but also to avoid infection.
Good for the skin
Turmeric is very effective for skin diseases. Stir it in ointment or make a mask and apply on problem areas.
Studies have shown that the active substance of curcumin can block the release of histamine in the body and prevent the development of allergy symptoms.
Turmeric can easily be incorporated into your diet – it can be added to scrambled eggs, morning smoothies, soups and other stews.