10 Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric, belonging to the ginger family, has been used in India since centuries and forms an integral part of Ayurvedic medicines. It became popular in the medieval times in Europe and was referred to as the ‘Indian saffron’. Curcumin is the ingredient active in turmeric.
It’s a popular part of the food prepared in South Asia and the Middle East. Widely grown in India and Pakistan, turmeric has also many takers in Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia and Thailand, Persia and South Africa. After being crushed into a dry powder, turmeric is added as one of the basic ingredients to make wholesome meals. The orange/yellow turmeric powder smells like mustard and has a slight bitter and chili hot taste. Turmeric is even used to dye saris and the robes of Buddhist monks.
Though it’s been used to treat various illnesses in India and China since times immemorial, its benefits to mankind are being thoroughly researched now. Previous research focused on animals mainly; now it’s being tested on human beings.
1. Wedding glow
This is applied to many brides in India, who are smeared with turmeric paste before the final bath before the wedding, as it endows the bride with a radiant glow.
2. Builds immunity
Curcumin has strong antioxidant properties, which prevent free radicals from tampering with the DNA system and destroying the body. Antioxidants help the body to acquire immunity to rid itself of these free radicals.
3. Regulates cholesterol
As it doesn’t contain cholesterol, turmeric is a good source of dietary fiber and antioxidants, and has been found to be effective in controlling LDL– the ‘bad’ cholesterol.
4. Helps heart, blood pressure
Turmeric’s a rich source of vitamins and minerals including potassium and iron. Iron is necessary for building red cells, while potassium helps to control blood pressure and heart rate.
5. Treats indigestion
Though used in Indian preparations for its curative qualities, turmeric has now been approved for use in Germany in tackling digestive ailments.
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