What is curcumin and where to find it

Found in different spices – such as turmeric and curry -, curcumin is a pigment that has several medicinal properties and can be used in different situations. In order for you to know more about this substance and its benefits, we have prepared an article talking more about curcumin and food sources. Check out!

What are the benefits of curcumin?

Curcumin, for those who do not know, is a highly beneficial type of antioxidant pigment: it is good for the health of the skin, hair, aids digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen the body’s defense system. This pigment gives a yellow-orange color to foods and can be used in different recipes: risottos, omelets, pasta, chickens and so on.

Curcumin can be found in turmeric (Indian root) and curry

Of Indian origin, turmeric (or turmeric) is widely used as a spice in different dishes. It is a type of plant of the ginger family and, from its root, it is possible to extract a yellowish powder (rich in curcumin) that is widely used to season meats, seafood and different recipes. Turmeric is great for strengthening immunity , has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial action and helps to tone the body (being indicated for athletes) . This spice also makes dishes more colorful and gives more flavor to different recipes.

Curry, in turn, consists of a great mixture of dried herbs and spices. It is widely used in Indian and Asian cuisine to season dishes and add more nutrients. Generally, curry is made up of a mix of black pepper, red, black pepper, coriander, fennel, cumin, cloves, cinnamon and turmeric. It’s not a small thing, right?

Because it is made up of various spices, curry is considered one of the most nutritious and tasty spices that exist. It is rich in antioxidants (such as curcumin), in analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, it is good for the health of the respiratory and digestive systems and acts as a thermogenic (ie, it helps to speed up the metabolism).

So, did you like to learn more about curcumin and its benefits? This natural substance has a slightly spicy, bitter taste and therefore has great application in cooking. It is also worth noting that there are several studies focused on the possible use of curcumin in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Interesting, right?

 

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