Turmeric is traditionally named as “Indian saffron” because of its deep yellow-orange color and has been used throughout the ancient Vedic culture of India as a condiment, healing remedy and textile dye. It is one of the most researched condiment and is used in almost all Indian curries. It is rich in dietary fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B6. The wide range of turmeric health benefits come mainly from its main ingredient, curcumin (the powerful polyphenol) which has been known for its several healing abilities. It has the ability to fight dangerous diseases like cancer, atherosclerosis, neuro-degenerative diseases, arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders and all the conditions that include infection or inflammation.
Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties make it very effective when it comes to common health complaints like cold, cough and sore throat, headaches, bronchitis, lung infections, fever. It also helps take your immunity to the next level. Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain relief, ringworm, bruises, leech bites, inflammatory skin conditions and infected wounds. Minor cuts and burns can be treated simply by applying some turmeric to them, thanks to its antiseptic properties. It’s a potent antioxidant neutralizing the free radicals.
Turmeric can be taken in lukewarm water to treat cold and cough, can be added to curries and gravy to enhance the taste or a pinch can be added to smoothies and shakes to increase the nutrient value.
From the Panel of Well at Heart e-Health Magazine App
– By Ms. Pariksha Rao
M Sc in Advanced Human Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition (Delhi University).
Diploma in Clinical Research and Clinical Behaviour Science
Senior Clinical Nutritionist & Wellness Coach
Mindfulness Expert – Diabetes (UK)
International Diabetes Federation certified Diabetes Educator.