Nature provides us with natural herbs and spices that are essential to our bodies needs and functions. It also provides cures and prevention for us to survive. Most of them have been used since centuries ago and even still exists in the kitchens nowadays.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), a main component of Indian curry and the source of the bright yellow color in American mustard, is part of the ginger family and its active ingredient is cucurmin. It has been a staple in the kitchens in South and Southeast Asia and it has attracted many around the globe.
For centuries, it has been used for food and medicinal purposes. Its medicinal purposes can be attributed largely to its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric has a bitter, peppery flavor and smells like a mixture of orange peel and ginger.
Some people may find its taste odd but its benefits overshadow its negative attributes. The medicinal attributes of the spice is very well documented. Scientific studies have backed up the time-tested efficacy of the spice. Today, scientists continue to find it effective against certain cancers and Alzheimer’s.
Turmeric has natural antiseptic agent that is effective in disinfecting wounds and mild burns. It is also effective in healing cuts, scrapes, burns and boils. Some people mix it with their food to prevent internal inflammation and infections.
Scientists believe that one of the reasons of Alzheimer’s is an inflammation in the brain and studies have shown its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant prowess. One way of preventing Alzheimer’s disease would be a daily dose of Turmeric.
One of the more serious ailments that Turmeric can give us a hand in would be diabetes. Antioxidants found in Turmeric help reduce insulin resistance, preventing the onset of Type-II diabetes. It can be taken in capsules from the pharmacy or mix it with your daily dishes.
Scientists also found out that cucurmin in Turmeric blocks an enzyme that helps cancer cells grow. Antioxidants in Turmeric also fight against free radicals and prevent the damage that they can cause.
Taking Turmeric also helps you to have a better metabolism. It lowers the presence of cholesterols and bad fats.
That is why it is very to use this to aid you in your weight loss program and prevent obesity.
There are other benefits of Turmeric. Turmeric is said to be ‘top notch’ when it comes to healing abilities. But too much consumption of turmeric can put a strain in the liver so keep it in moderation.