The many health benefits of the wonder spice turmeric - GulfToday

The many health benefits of the wonder spice turmeric

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Turmeric is known for its medicinal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. TNS

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Turmeric has been consumed in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia for its medicinal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for thousands of years.

The bright yellow-orange spice is a ubiquitous cooking ingredient in the region.


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Known for imparting curries and sauces their distinct flavour and yellow colour, curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric which gives it its nutritional value.

Used as both a spice and medicinal herb since eons in India, the west has now become acquainted with its powerful medicinal properties that offer a range of benefits.

Dry turmeric is rich in vitamin A, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), vitamin C and also contains a good amount of calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium and potassium.

Recent clinical studies have proven that compounds in turmeric known as "curcuminoids" can help treat a whole host of diseases.

Anil Khandelwal, Health and Wellness Expert, YOGIC SECRETS, shares science-backed benefits of turmeric with IANS:

  • Turmeric has curcumin in it which is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps to fight against inflammation caused by any disease or illness.
  • Turmeric boosts antioxidant capacity of the body as it neutralises free radicals on its own but also stimulates your body's own antioxidant enzymes.
  • Curcumin in turmeric may improve cognitive function and also helps to protect brain functions by boosting the level of BDNF in the brain.
  • Turmeric is a wonderful magical spice for joint health as it helps to treat symptoms of joint-related problems and reduce inflammation.
  • To check gastric problems: helps to relieve gas formation in stomach and indigestion discomforts.
  • Very powerful to treat bronchitis: Take 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with warm water three times a day to reduce phlegm.
  • To protect against cancer: Add 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder in a cup of water, stir and drink this potion regularly twice a day. It has active compounds (curcumol and curdione), which have strong cytotoxic effects against certain forms of cancer.
  • To relieve pain and itchy skin: Mix turmeric powder with lime juice and little water to make a smooth paste. Put it directly on lesions, eczema, psoriasis, pimples, and even leprosy sores.
  • To relieve sprains and internal injuries: Add one spoonful turmeric powder in 2 cups of milk, simmer it and allow to cool. Drink it daily in the morning and evening for best results.