Turmeric. This mild spice which has been and is still in use in every Indian household is scientifically approved for its benefits. We use turmeric in almost every step of our lives. It graces our offerings to our deity. It is a known antiseptic. Hence it is also found in our desi first aid kits. It also is an essential staple in our vanity, as it helps us with our skin woes.
And most importantly, all our delicious food would lack that pop of color if it weren’t for Turmeric. Turmeric can be dubbed almost like the most critical spice in all. It is very versatile. Nearly every stream of Indian media advertises its benefits.
My first Encounter with The Weird Yellow Tuber
I’ll be honest. When I first saw Turmeric, I didn’t know what it was. Turmeric, we call it Haldi here, is a herbaceous perennially flowering plant. Safe to say, I was surprised, for I thought it was always present in a powdered state. I was ignorant. So I learned more about the plant. The turmeric plant belongs to the ginger family. Its scientific name is Curcuma Longa. These plants are native to the Indian subcontinent and the South East Asian region. It thrives in rainfall.
The raw product is nowhere near the turmeric that we have come to know. The rhizomes are boiled dried and later ground up into the fine powder we use. It has an earthy taste and is used for many different reasons. Food and medicine are just a few avenues in which turmeric has a unique place. Although Ayurveda extensively uses turmeric, clinical drugs, however, don’t utilize it.
The Little Yellow Tuber Warrior
The wondrous healing properties that turmeric possesses is because of different compounds in it. These compounds have medicinal values. Curcuminoids have therapeutic benefits, and various scientific studies have proved it too. However, curcumin is the most important of them all. It is a treasure trove of powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Turmeric contains a significant amount of curcumin due to which it is used for a multitude of purposes.
Benefits of Turmeric
We use turmeric in many ways. We can ingest it, apply it as a pack, mix it with milk to name a few. Turmeric also holds a special place in our heart. It is an integral component in all the rituals. Refer Bollywood movies to know the massive impact in our lives. ‘Haldi doodh’ rescues the haggard, beat up a hero. Some holistic care for our injured hero. A necessary Haldi function for some quality chum time.
In all seriousness, turmeric does have a significant impact on us. It is therefore beneficial in many ways and has got ample scientific support.
- Turmeric promotes anti-inflammation: Almost all fingers point towards inflammation when it comes to the decline of the overall health of the body. Most of the pains in different parts of the body can be traced back to inflammation. Curcumin tackles this very problem and eradicates the cause.
- Turmeric boosts immunity: As mentioned before a major component of turmeric that is curcumin has a host of antioxidant properties. Also, it has anti-inflammatory properties as well. That is a lot of healing packed together. However, quick absorption of curcumin is difficult. The chances of absorption multiply ten folds when ingested with pepper. Hence these properties help build immunity of the person.
- It is a boon for joint pains: Curcumin present in turmeric reduces the inflammation of the joints. Thereby it rids us of joint pains.
- Turmeric helps soothe athletes of soreness.
- A cancer deterrent: The aspect of turmeric is under extensive observation by scientists. They have found promising leads in the field of cancer prevention.
- Heart-friendly: The antioxidants also flush out the free radicals and reduce heart inflammation. We can incorporate it into our diet to ensure daily consumption.
- Turmeric helps in treating many diseases or conditions associated with the gut.
- It aids in increasing the antioxidant capacity of the body.
- Turmeric helps improve one’s cranky nature.
- It comprises a mild antidepressant.
- Turmeric might help stave off diseases related to neurodegeneration.
- Due to anti-inflammatory properties, it enhances cognitive brain health. Turmeric helps improve brain health.
- Turmeric keeps brain diseases at bay. Curcumin increases the levels of the brain hormone, which actively fight.
- Against various degenerative processes.
- It might also help in treating Alzheimer’s disease.
Benefits for the skin:
- It gives the skin a natural glow.
- It heals wounds.
- We use turmeric to reduce acne scarring. It also helps with psoriasis.
- We use it to decrease the bleeding from the wound, or for clotting.
Apart from these multiple benefits, we use extensively in various delicacies. Turmeric is still popular in almost every Indian household. However, adopting these properties of turmeric in clinical medicine will give rise to a more holistic spin to healing.