God has gifted turmeric with so many benefits. Science is still searching on this plant to explore more health and medicinal benefits of using turmeric. In India, China and Pakistan, turmeric is called as ‘Super Food’ due to its powerful nature of healing. It contains bio-active compounds that act as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Today’s article is focused on the medicinal use of turmeric and turmeric as a food ingredient.
Medicinal Use of Turmeric
Medicinal use of turmeric is globally recognized. It helps the body right from tip to toe in many ways. Firstly, it has anti-depressant properties that are helpful in combating Alzheimer’s disease and dementia symptoms. The medical science today confirms that using turmeric 3-4 days a week stops any active cancerous agents in the body so it is an anti-cancerous agent.
Adding more to the list of benefits of using turmeric, there is an important bio active compound found in it i.e. is ‘Curcumin’. This compound has the ability to boosts the brain-derived neurotropic factor. These factors are connected in a manner to enhance brain function thus the risk of having brain diseases becomes less.
The most important medicinal use of turmeric is by mixing its powder in fresh glass of milk. One table spoon of powdered turmeric mix with 250 ml of fresh milk becomes strongest agent to heal the internal damaged tissues and organs of the body. In sub-continent, after any physiological damage or accident that leaves a person with wounds, turmeric mix with milk is given immediately to stop internal bleeding too. This usage is well known and exercised worldwide.
Turmeric as a Food Ingredient
Turmeric as a food ingredient is widely used in India and Pakistan. The inhabitants of these countries are the chief consumers of turmeric powder as a prominent ingredient in nearly all types of curry recipes. A pinch of its powder is used to add attractive orange color, taste and odor in the meals.
On the other hand, turmeric as a food ingredient is also consumed as food item as its leaves have high nutritional valuable. The young fresh flowers and shoots are used extensively in Thai cuisines. Similarly, Indonesian people like to have turmeric leaves in their fish meals to enhance flavor. Additionally, if it is used in combination with black pepper, the benefits of turmeric increases 10 folds as pepper contains piperine that aid in absorption of turmeric in the body.
The Turmeric Tea
Turmeric tea can be included in both categories viz., medicinal use of turmeric and turmeric as a food ingredient. Turmeric tea is prepared by using fresh or powdered form turmeric. But personally, I recommend using the fresh ones. Boiling fresh turmeric in water produces attractive yellow color tea that can be consumed directly or by mixing sugar, honey or lemon juice to add taste in it. Among several benefits of this tea, important ones include:
- Depresses cholesterol
- Help treating uveitis
- Boosts immune system of the body
- Sustains ulcerative colitis remission
- Comforts arthritis signs.
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