What are they?
Turmeric belonging to the ginger family (Zingiberaceae) is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant. It is native to Southern Asia requiring temperature from 20 to 30°C (68 – 86 °F) as well as a significant amount of rainfall every year for growing stronger.
- Anti-Inflammatory Capacity: Curcumin in turmeric has a very strong anti-inflammatory ability. You can consider this substance as the strongest pharmaceutical choice to reduce inflammation. Are you feeling uncomfortable with your pains such as gout, arthritic pain and muscle pains due to injury or exercise? Take it! Whether you use in a normal or topical form, turmeric is able to achieve its maximum effect. With the inflammation of haemorrhoid, only one topical salve is enough for reducing the inflammation.
- Gastrointestinal Issues: It is also known as a stomach soother. Turmeric is extremely effective in irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, cramping, lowering the opportunities of ulcer development, bleeding in your bowels especially removing irritations in your gut. Patient with Crohn’s disease is one of the typical examples who should try turmeric1.
- Menstrual Issues: The anti-inflammatory and the soothing natural herb compounds found in turmeric can help you reduce menstruation’s serious symptoms such as mood swings, bloating, cramping and excessive bleeding.
- Cystic Fibrosis: Turmeric may adjust the protein-folding mutation of this deadly disease’s development.
- Cancer Treatment and Prevention: Turmeric is considered as one of the best herbal treatments and preventions of cancer thanks to curcumin. That means it has the ability to reduce colon cancer cells as well as inhibit directly the development of a tumour. According to a lot of research, its biggest advantage is with colon cancer2.
- Other its advantages include detoxification of the body, keeping a healthy heart, improving cognitive abilities and reducing depression.
How to use them?
People usually utilise this deep-orange-yellow powder as a spice in Iranian, Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi cuisine especially in curries or to make the colour for mustard condiments. Below are some of the simplest recipes with turmeric:
- Scrambles and frittatas: Turmeric is used to add familiar colour and flavour subtle into scrambled eggs, tofu scramble and frittata.
- Roasted vegetables: The slightly peppery and warm flavour of turmeric works very effective when adding to root vegetables, cauliflower, and potatoes.
- Tea: To make a comforting and earthy beverage, you just need mix turmeric with honey and milk. Please click here to see the full recipe of Turmeric-Ginger Tea.
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