Do you know what’s in your kitchen cupboard that will add zesty flavor and bright color to your food plus has astonishing healing benefits?
Turmeric! It’s an age-old health remedy that many people have in their kitchen. This incredible spice can be used to season soups, salads, rice, meat, chicken and curry dishes, but it is probably better known as nature’s anti-inflammatory.
Turmeric has many therapeutic properties:
- It is a natural painkiller, useful for pain such as sprains, joint pain, toothache, chest pain and colic, etc.
- It is a liver detoxifier, enhancing liver function and protecting against certain liver diseases.
- It can be used to disinfect cuts and treat burns – as it is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial – and speeds up wound healing.
- It has shown to improve many inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis.
- It has been known to treat depression as well as other inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- It is a powerful antioxidant which may assist in suppressing cancer cell growth and in preventing many cancerous lesions from spreading such as prostate, melanoma, leukaemia, colon, cervical and breast tumors.
- It may assist with slowing the progression of certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
- It aids heart health by assisting with the prevention of plaque in the arteries and by reducing the risk of blood clots.
- It may assist with fat metabolism and therefore, weight management.
- Turmeric has an amazing healing ability mainly due to the active ingredient curcumin. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant which fights dangerous free radicals and reduces the damage they cause to body cells.
Curcumin is also a wonderful anti-inflammatory. It helps ease the symptoms of arthritis, osteoarthritis, heart disease, etc.
Turmeric is also a good source of iron and manganese as well as vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium and dietary fiber. It is also a well-known preservative.
So, how do you include this wonder substance in your diet?
Easy; eat it! Yes, raw or in food is best however, supplements are available. You can also add it in your tea.
It is fairly safe however, it should not be used by people with gallstone problems and pregnant women should check with their doctors first.
Adding turmeric to your diet is one of the easiest and cheapest ways of fighting off many diseases and improving your health.