Make way for super spice

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Make way for super spice

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 | Shikha Mahajan

Turmeric has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years to help cure inflammation and bacterial disorders. SHIKHA MAHAJAN tells you what makes it a super spice

It’s no joke that turmeric, a super spice, is suitable for drinks to snacks, due to its rich natural properties. It is also known as ‘The Healthiest Spice in the World’. This tropical plant has a long tradition of use in Indian cuisine.

Turmeric is a tropical ginger-related herb native to South East Asia. The plant has big, waxy green leaves that grow about five feet tall as the plant matures.

Turmeric is most widely used as a dry spice consisting of dried and ground rhizomes. This orange powder is the main ingredient in curry powder mixtures and is often used to add a natural color to a number of dishes.

The spice was linked to the improvement of a gene that could reduce the risk of depression, asthma, and cancer. It also has properties that can reduce inflammation.

Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to help cure inflammation and bacterial associated disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis. Here are some of the reasons why turmeric is considered to be a super spice:

Fights inflammation

Inflammation is the reaction of the body to injury and infection. This alerts the immune system to respond either by healing or restoring damage or by preparing for war against threats, such as bacteria or viruses. This is also marketed as an antioxidant. Turmeric can also been applied to the skin for discomfort or inflammation, and the natural oil can be used in perfumes.

May prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease

Inflammation and oxidative disruption are the two main contributors to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, the work also indicates that curcumin can prevent the formation and even breakup of amyloid-beta plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Good for arthritis

As described earlier, turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, it contains a compound called curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory effects that can help people with rheumatoid arthritis, and this herb has been used in ayurvedica to treat arthritis.

A powerful cancer fighter

When it comes to other forms of cancer, curcumin can do everything from inhibiting cancer cell death to reducing cancer growth and even stopping cancer spread.

Helps with PMS

If you have menstrual cramps or other signs of PMS, such as back pain and headache, turmeric will offer some much-needed relief.

Good for skin

Turmeric may also enhance the skin’s glow. Turmeric will also restore the skin by taking out its natural glow.

The writer is Holistic Nutritionist & founder, Diet Podium

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