It is basically a tropical plant and a member of the Zingiberaceae family, Zingiberaceae — A family of tropical monocotyledonous plants of order Musales.
It is a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic agent, known as the golden spice of India, as well as Curcuma longa or curcumin.
The turmeric plants were cultivated by Harappan civilization earlier in the 3000 B.C. It is high in vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, iron, and vitamin B6.
Curcumin, its active ingredient, has a wide range of therapeutic effects. It has been used for millennia, as a safe natural anti-inflammatory in the treatment of many ailments as part of Indian traditional medicine — Ayurvedic medicine. Its antioxidant properties stabilize membranes damaged by inflammation.
Also, it is taken in some Asian countries as a dietary supplement, to relieve stomach problems and other ailments. It stimulates digestion and reduces intestinal permeability.
Turmeric reduces the cancer risk, lowers liver damage due to cirrhosis, high toxicity, overdose, and ethanol.
Additionally, curcumin improves the function of the brain, relieves depression, fights inflammation, and prevents the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers have found that it effectively prevents the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain by 40 percent.
Here are some other benefits of the regular use of this amazing spice:
- Relieves migraines and headaches
- Treats diarrhea
- Treats indigestion
- Improves heart health
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Strengthens the immunity
- Heals burns and wounds
- Relieves bronchitis
- Relieves arthritis
- Supports weight loss
- Treats diabetes
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Treats jaundice
- Eliminates intestinal worms
- Improves skin and hair health
- Prevents wrinkles
- Eliminates stretch marks
- Fights pimples and acne
- Treats conjunctivitis
You can add turmeric to all kinds of dishes, drinks, and smoothies, and we suggest the following easy drink that will help you reap the benefits of the spice in an easy and simple way:
Turmeric Water recipe
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- 2 cups of water
Boil the water in a pot, and add the turmeric. Boil for 10 more minutes, and remove the pot from heat. Leave the drink to cool, and drink it throughout the entire day.