Turmeric Root (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric’s origin is from India and it is known for more than 4000 years. In the past (as nowadays) turmeric was used for many purposes as a spice in food, as a medicine or as a natural color ingredient. In the Greco-Arab medicine in 1st century AD, which was based on the teachings of Hippocrates and Galen, turmeric was used as cholagogue in jaundice and external ulcers and inflammation. Moreover, in India turmeric was used for numerous health problems, that is why it is considered a sacred spice. Finally, many Asian civilizations used to say about turmeric that“It can heal everything, except death!”
Nowadays, scientists have proven the countless beneficial properties of this impressive spice and many people consider it as a superfood. Turmeric contains in high levels the substance curcumin. Curcumin has great anti–inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Furthermore, the consumption of turmeric has positive effect on depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Also, this great spice seems to act against cancer and arthritis. One more impressive property of turmeric is that it can boost heart’s functionality.
Using turmeric in cooking can make your dishes astonishing. Turmeric can be added in rice or pasta (giving a nice yellow color), grilled vegetables or potatoes and in bread’s flour. Moreover, turmeric’s beverage is a natural remedy for cold.Last but not least, turmeric is one of the main ingredients of curry powder.
June 17, 2015
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Learn AboutTurmericBenefits Health Benefits The consumption of turmeric, alone or in combination with other herbal ingredients, can reduce the pain caused by osteoarthritis. Early research suggests that taking curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, might improve symptoms of long-term inflammation in the middle layer of the eye. Curcumin might also effectively treat various inflammatory [...]
June 17, 2015
Mythology – Turmeric
Learn AboutTurmericMythology Turmeric is considered auspicious and holy in India and has been used in various Hindu ceremonies for millennia. It remains popular in India for wedding and religious ceremonies. Turmeric has played an important role in Hindu spiritualism. The robes of the Hindu monks were traditionally colored with a yellow dye made of turmeric. [...]
June 17, 2015
Side Effects of Turmeric
Learn AboutTurmericSide Effects Turmeric is likely safe when taken by mouth or applied to the skin appropriately for up to 8 months. Turmeric usually does not cause significant side effects; however, some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea. In one report, a person who took very high amounts of turmeric, over 1500 [...]