Turmeric is well known for being an aromatic spice that is used in cooking to flavor different dishes.
Its color is intense orange-yellow and has an unmistakable smell, it is the root of a herbaceous plant belonging to the ‘zingiberáceas’ family (a relative of ginger) native to India and Indonesia.
Its scientific name is Curcuma longa and its first uses date back to 610 BC. to 320 BC when it was used as a dyeing plant (dye) for wool due to its intense yellow-orange color. Later, it was adopted by Hindu gastronomy as a food coloring, to give a peculiar flavor to meals and for being part of the popular curry.
Turmeric is good for your health
Compounds in turmeric, called curcuminoids (curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin), give this spice great medicinal properties.
Its volatile oils (turmerone, atlantone and zingiberene), proteins, resins and sugars, also contribute to its ability to relieve discomfort. It also contains dietary fiber, vitamins C, E and K, niacin, sodium, calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium, iron and zinc.
These are some of its health benefits:
It is a powerful anti-inflammatory
The curcuminoids in turmeric give it great anti-inflammatory properties, becoming almost as effective as some anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the side effects of them.
For this reason, it is recommended for disorders in which there is inflammation, such as menstrual disorders, Crohn's disease, bowel diseases, irritable bowel, colitis, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, obesity, etc.
It has already been baptized in some countries as natural Ibuporfen.
Works as a natural antidepressant
For thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine has used turmeric to treat depression, sadness, and unhappiness. Turmeric extract, or what is the same, turmeric powder, stimulates the nervous system, activates the immune system and awakens the mood.
It is ideal for reducing stress levels, as it produces an increase in serotonin. For this reason, it is widely used in people with seasonal or emotional depression, as well as other related disorders.
- Relieves an upset stomach
- Treat liver disorders
- Protects against cardiovascular diseases
How to consume it
This spice can be consumed fresh grated to make infusions, but it is easier to obtain it in powder, administering a teaspoon per cup of warm water or fresh water. It is ideal for its assimilation, combining it with coconut oil, but it is not essential when it is consumed in powder. You can also prepare mother tinctures and consume it in drops.