Why Is It Important To Add The Asian Spice Turmeric To Your Diet ?
Turmeric has a firm place in Ayurveda for its numerous benefits. It’s a common practice for mother’s in India to often add turmeric to warm milk for their kids health benefits. It’s a warm, bit bitter to taste and has a mild fragrance, reminds me of orange and ginger. It’s best known as a curry ingredient and has been used as a condiment and healing remedy.
Turmeric for stronger immunity:
Turmeric is both anti-fungal and anti-viral which can help protect against cancer. Inflammation is known to cause many chronic diseases, So turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory ingredient. Another great way to boost it’s effect is to mix turmeric with black pepper, aids in quicker body absorption. Turmeric is great at keeping common cold and several other infection’s away. Thanks to it antimicrobial properties to keep viruses away too.
Turmeric helps digestion:
Turmeric increases the secretion of bile and digestive juices by the gall bladder and this is probably why turmeric is mainly used as a culinary spice. Simply Mix ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1 teaspoon of honey and consume it to relieve gas and bloating.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties:
This is one of the most well known use of Turmeric. Curcumin is the primary component in turmeric. In several studies , curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties are recommended for arthritis patients, as it is known to reduce pain and swelling. Unlike the over-the-counter drugs curcumin produces no toxicity.
Turmeric for depression:
Depression is quite common these days. Curcumin is the main ingredient that acts against oxidative and inflammatory responses generated by depression. Curcumin can cross the blood brain barrier and reduce the oxidative stress in the brain. It also helps to regulate the neurotransmitters in the brain which in-turn improve your moods. Curcumin increases neurotropic factors which are responsible for growth and survival of nerve cells.
Turmeric for controlling cholesterol:
Cholesterol build up in the blood vessels puts the heart at a risk of attack and arrest. This is one of the leading causes of deaths in the United States. High cholesterol levels can also cause various health problems like atherosclerosis, cardiovascular diseases, strokes and so on.
Turmeric helps to reduce the amounts of bad cholesterol circulating in the blood and thereby prevents or treats atherosclerosis successfully that in-turn protects the patient from heart diseases resulting from high cholesterol.
Turmeric for diabetes management:
According to a study Curcumin in turmeric can help to reverse Type 2 Diabetes in some people. It is also known to reverse issues related to insulin resistance and hyperglycemia.
Turmeric has antioxidants:
Antioxidants are great for your health. The formation of highly reactive free radicals can cause significant damage to our tissues and organs. These free radicals can also cause DNA damage and trigger abnormal growth. Turmeric has these antioxidants to prevent the development of free radicals itself and thereby prevent the damage. Regular intake of turmeric can help our body to fight back these free radicals and save it from diseases and cell damage.Turmeric is said to be 5 to 8 times stronger anti-oxidant that Vitamin E! Now isn’t that amazing. As per Song et al 2001 anti-oxidant property of Turmeric is 10 times more effective than Vitamin C.
Below are some of the ways you can use this healthy ingredient in your diet :
Turmeric Smoothie or juice:
Blend 1 or 2 inches of raw turmeric or equivalent powdered turmeric to your regular smoothie such as Avocado or Orange/Lemon juice and you will notice the change in taste a bit but not so much. It has a strong pigment though and hence can change the color of your smoothie/juice.
To 1 cup of boiling water add 1/4 teaspoon of powdered turmeric. You can also add fresh lemon or honey. Stir well and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. Enjoy your fresh tea.
You can also add Turmeric to season roasted veggies or to fortify your soup.
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