Do you know turmeric?.Turmeric is a plant of the same family as ginger,saffron or yellow ginger.It is one of the main seasonings of the culinary tradition of India, and is used to 4000 years for several oriental medicines.The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin.
Properties of Turmeric
The main properties of turmeric are its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and digestive action. It also has healing, antiseptic and antiallergenic action when used externally.
Benefits of Turmeric
- It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, widely used in the disinfection of cuts and burns.
- It can prevent melanoma, caused by existing cells that “commit suicide” (apoptosis).
- Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
- It is a natural detoxifier of the liver.
- It can prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing the amyloid plaque accumulated in the brain.
- It can prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
- It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the side effects.
- It can help in the metabolism of fat and helps in weight control.
- It has been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
- Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Accelerates the healing of wounds and helps in the remodeling of damaged skin.
- It may help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory conditions of the skin.
- Relieves PMS symptoms
- Turmeric is used to improve digestion and also helps reduce gas and decrease stomach swelling.
Turmeric can have uses that go beyond just giving a dish more flavor! Meet some of them:
- Turmeric is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine, in the form of teas or mixed with hot drinks such as milk. It can help treat colds and flu, for example. Just mix a pinch of turmeric with a cup of milk and a pinch of demerara or brown sugar.
- It can also help to combat sore throat. Just sprinkle a teaspoon of honey with turmeric pats and slowly lick the mixture.
- Turmeric can be used as a natural exfoliator for the skin, helping to remove dead cells, leaving the skin smooth and shiny. Mix three tablespoons of turmeric powder with a little water and apply to desired body part. Then rinse off.
- Honey turmeric paste can also be applied to the face and neck to exfoliate the skin.
- In the case of minor skin burns, cuts or wounds, turmeric can be a good ally due to its antiseptic properties. Mix some turmeric with aloe vera gel and apply to desired location.
- Turmeric can still be applied on cracked heels. Just mix a pinch with coconut oil and apply preferably 15 minutes before bathing.
Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or biliary obstruction. Although turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult a doctor before doing this, as it can be a uterine stimulant. Turmeric is contraindicated in patients taking anticoagulant drugs.
How to use turmeric?
There is not a right amount to take every day, even though Indians, for example, ingest lots of turmeric daily (within the country’s traditional curry seasoning ).For those who are starting to use, ½ teaspoon a day is enough to provide us with benefits. Turmeric can be used in the preparation of rice, soup, salad dressing, green juice and even making turmeric tea. Another option is to take the water only with water, as if it were a remedy;). Ah, remember the important tip: Turmeric is best absorbed by the body if it is used along with a pinch of pepper (may be the cayenne or the kingdom) and some kind of fat.