The Wonder Spice Turmeric – Health Benefits Of Turmeric

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What Is Turmeric?

turmeric is truly one of the most important mistresses in the spice family. It has a unique orange and yellow color and flavor, and a resemblance close to ginger. It is extracted from the ground dried bulb from the turmeric plant, the Curcuma longa. Turmeric is used as a condiment and seasoning in Indian curries primarily. Besides cooking, it is used in Indian and Chinese medicine due to its holistic properties.

Turmeric In Food

Turmeric is a wonderful condiment which adds brightness, a kick of flavor and depth to dishes. It is used in curries, sauces, vegetable, dips, lentils, legumes, beans, chutneys, soups and salad dressings.

For the adventurous, turmeric cake is a must try. Turmeric is fat soluble with highly digestive properties; hence, food that has turmeric in it is not only flavorsome and vibrant but also digestive.

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Turmeric as a Medicine

Turmeric’s benefits abound. It is rich in a bio-active pharmacological agent called Curcumin. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties which are at par with the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs like hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone.

Unlike drugs, it has no toxicity and side effects. It is also a major anti-oxidant that neutralizes free radicals’ movement in the body and thus combats aging and other diseases.

Turmeric’s Health Benefits

Turmeric’s health benefits are multiple and it is used to treat the following conditions and diseases:

Digestive Issues

Turmeric can be used to treat the following digestive issues:

• flatulence

• colic

• inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Liver Issues

It increases the detoxification ability of the liver and can be used to treat jaundice.