Thursday, February 7th, 2013

The Great Indian Spice Turmeric

Traditionally, Indian cuisine uses a lot of spices. It is hard to imagine an Indian dish, which does not have the fragrant aroma of spices and often when we think of these dishes, the aroma that they exude catches our imagination. And  turmeric is one such spice that not only makes our dishes look beautiful and mouthwatering to taste but it also help us fight diseases. We thought to investigate this part a bit and have brought down 4 medicinal properties of this yellow-orange pigment-curcumin spice. Read on:

  1. Enriched with iron it is a useful ally in fighting anaemia and this powerful antioxidant is able to neutralize free radicals, chemicals that can travel through the body and cause great amounts of damage to healthy cells and cell membranes.
  2. This is important in many diseases, such as arthritis, where free radicals are responsible for the painful joint inflammation and eventual damage to the joints.
  3. The antioxidant-goodness in turmeric becomes useful in preventing the oxidation of cholesterol, thereby reducing risk of heart diseases.
  4. Epidemiological studies show that in elderly Indian populations, among whose diet turmeric is a common spice, levels of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s are very low.
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