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.