7 Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric
Remember the time when your grandmother brushed aside a deep cut on one of her fingers, acquired by a mistimed chop and she didn’t even bother to put a bandage on it and yet the wound healed spontaneously and naturally. And you wondered what alchemy was going on there; the short answer is she handled turmeric daily with her fingers while tossing it into your favorite curry. Turmeric has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that would aid the body’s natural healing process while keeping the nasty bacteria at bay.
Celebrated for food, medicine and as a dye for thousands of years in India and it has only recently found favor outside the holistic community, thanks to curcumin the healing substance in turmeric which supplies its vibrant yellow color and not for any rise in curry cravings. Google’s search trends for Nov 2015 reported 56% increase in searches for turmeric predicting it to be the breakout star ingredient of 2016.
Turmeric’s moment has truly arrived. Curcumin is the healing molecule found in turmeric that has significant anti-inflammatory properties even rivaling those found in ibuprofen without reproducing the harmful side effects. Curcumin is found to protect healthy cells from carcinogenic agents. It was also found to help the body from destroying mutating cancer cells from spreading all over. Further, it was found to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease.
Native to Southern India and South East Asia, turmeric’s botanical name is curcuma longa. The plant is about three feet tall and produces flowers and underground stem (rhizome). The underground stem has resemblance to ginger; it is this root like stem that produces the vibrant yellow spice called turmeric.
Ayurvedic lore contains over 100 different names for turmeric including Jayanti meaning one victorious over disease and Matrimanika meaning as beautiful as the moon. Burning fumes from the turmeric stem alleviates respiratory congestion; turmeric paste made from water is applied all over the skin to treat smallpox and chicken pox to blemishes and shingles. And, turmeric paste made from milk when applied on face lightens one’s complexion.
7 ways turmeric benefits your body:
- Safe potent Anti-inflammatory
- Cancer Blocker
- Osteoarthritis pain relief
- Indigestion and heartburn
- Heart Disease
- Lowers Cholesterol
Add turmeric to foods you eat as much as possible. Adding it raw is even better. Sprinkling it over vegetables and dressings will make it quite effective. If you cook it use a small amount of healthy cooking oil like coconut oil to maximize flavor.
It is inexpensive, readily available, mild to taste and immensely beneficial to your body from the inside out. Adding this powerful spice to your diet will be the best gift you bestow on yourself for long term good health.