Otherwise known as the “golden spice”, turmeric is a common staple in India and surrounding countries. It has become quite popular in the western hemisphere since late because of its versatility. It is that this same spice is actually what’s used to make curry powder.
Turmeric has a wide array of uses which include relieving gas, improving digestion, relieving arthritis, regulating the menstrual cycle, disinfecting wounds, dissolving gallstones, killing intestinal worms and so forth.
Let us explore some other uses of turmeric in further details.
One of the active ingredients in turmeric is known as curcumin and is widely known for its liver healing properties among other things. Studies have indicated that when fermented, it can be used to treat mild cases of liver damage.
The fat in your body is devided into two categories which are Brown and White fat. White is responsible for storing energy, while brown fat uses energy to produce heat. Having too much white fat in the body can be a sign of a disease, unhealthy lifestyle, or a combination of both. The curcumin helps to improve the white to brown ratio and supports weight loss. It also stimulates the production of new fat by breaking down old fat reserves. Hence the reason why people consider to be an excellent fat burner.
Strengthens the Immune System
Curcumin has the natural ability to activate the cells associated with the immune system in an attempt to improve it. In addition, it also contains a host of antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral compounds.They make it a great ingredient to add to your meals.
Quite similar to ginger, turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory spice. It rival some of the popular drugs known to deal with this kind of problem. Such drugs include ibuprofen, hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone. The real difference is that turmeric is natural and the side-effects are very minimal.We know treat other similar health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and even Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS).
Studies have shown that active agents in this wonderful spice can stop the growth of cancer cells in their tracks. Not only that, it is known to target various types of cancers related to different body parts such as the bowels, skin, breast and stomach. With this in mind, many doctors around the world have started to give it to their patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Experts have discovered that turmeric is able to lower the amount of bad fat (LDL), especially in those people who have heart-related problems. It helps to stimulate mRNA production which in turn increase the development of LDL receptors. These receptors work alongside the liver to flush bad cholesterol from the body.
How To Get More Turmeric In Your Diet
Eggs: Regardless of the way you choose to prepare them, you can sprinkle some turmeric over it to give it an extra burst of flavor.
Tea: You can grater fresh turmeric and add it to your tea in the mornings or if you prefer, you can even mix it with lemon juice or honey to “spice” things up.
Soups: Adding some of it to your traditional soup can help to ward off common colds and flu viruses.
Curry: Apart from the health benefits, this spice is also responsible for giving curry its bright color, so having a curried meal once per week can do a world of good.
Rice: Sprinkled it over rice before boiling to give it a touch of color.