Benefits of turmeric
September 28, 2020
Turmeric is a root related to ginger and is mainly used as a spice. Turmeric is one of the ingredients in curry and gives curry its characteristic deep yellow colour, which comes from the root of the plant. The yellow colour is equally intense regardless of whether the plant is used fresh or dried. Turmeric has a beautiful flower that is very popular in the flower industry, the variety is called "curcuma longa", it is white, resembles a water lily and lasts a long time even when cut.
The properties of turmeric were first used before Christ in India, at that time it was used as a dye for wool. Throughout history it has been used to colour body parts, but its most widespread use has been as a textile dye, being used to dye cotton, wool, silk, leather, paper, lacquers, varnish, waxes, dyes, etc.
The chemical composition of turmeric is currently being studied for its medicinal properties against cancer. Turmeric is a stomach tonic and aids digestion, it is also a protective plant for the liver and a powerful anti-inflammatory. In addition, turmeric is good for the brain, its extract protects brain tissue from toxic substances such as lead and cadmium. Properties and benefits of turmeric:
- It promotes the proper functioning of the digestive system.
- The phenols in curcumin make it a powerful antioxidant.
- It promotes the natural production of cortisone, so it has considerable anti-inflammatory action.
- It is antimicrobial and fungicidal, preventing the growth of these organisms in the body.
- Numerous studies have found turmeric to have a biliary tonic and liver-protective effect.
- Turmeric rhizome contains about 10 anti-cancer compounds; especially effective against cancer of the colon, mouth, skin and breast.
- It is especially recommended for people suffering from lack of appetite, slow digestion, or chronic gastritis.
- Its anti-inflammatory action helps to improve conditions such as arthritis and wound healing. Most anti-inflammatory drugs, when used continuously, end up affecting liver function. Turmeric not only does not have a negative effect, but is also hepatoprotective, ideal for chronic conditions.
- Its antioxidant content strengthens the immune system.