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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Turmeric Benefits - The Super Spice

Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native to southern Asia, requiring temperatures between 20 and 30 °C and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive.

Turmeric is one of nature’s most well-known “healing” spices. The distinctive sunny color, has a centuries-old history of medicinal use, in addition to its widespread culinary use in everything from curries to condiments.

Here are just a few benefits.

Reduces Cholesterol
Research has proven that simply using turmeric as a food seasoning can reduce serum cholesterol levels. It is a known fact that high cholesterol can lead to other serious health problems. 

Boost Immunity
Turmeric helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system. A strong immune system lessens the chance of suffering from colds, flu and coughs. If you do get a cold, a cough or the flu, you can feel better sooner by mixing one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drinking it once daily.

Heals Wounds
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be used as an effective disinfectant. If you have a cut or burn, you can sprinkle turmeric powder on the affected area to speed up the healing process. Turmeric also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Helps Diabetes 
Turmeric can be used in the treatment of diabetes by helping to moderate insulin levels. It also improves glucose control and increases the effect of medications used to treat diabetes. Another significant benefit is turmeric’s effectiveness in helping reduce insulin resistance, which may prevent the onset of Type-2 diabetes. However, when combined with strong medications, turmeric can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It is best to consult a healthcare professional before taking turmeric capsules.

If you love mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes, simply add finely grated turmeric. For the ground dried turmeric: add to your steak, Thanksgiving turkey or chicken rub, add a pinch to salad dressings, or mix into your marinara or hot sauce. Add dressing or sauce will easily accommodate a pinch without changing the flavor much.

Be careful when using turmeric since its deep color can easily stain. To avoid a lasting stain, quickly wash any area with which it has made contact with soap and water. To prevent staining your hands, you might consider wearing kitchen gloves while handling turmeric.


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