A simple spice with profound health – Turmeric (Haldi)

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It is always good to live life with a little spice! Among the many essential spices that form an important part of our diet, turmeric is the one that is considered super healthy. It imparts the classic yellow color and a pungent, bitter flavor to our food. Besides the nutritional benefits, turmeric is admired for its medicinal qualities also. All East Indians are well-acquainted with the golden milk that mothers would give them during sickness. A pinch of turmeric turns the regular milk into a medicine which is supposed to cure many ailments.

What makes the spice Special?

The presence of bio-active compounds called curcuminoids in turmeric turn it into a medicinal herb, with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In order to enhance the absorption of curcumin, it is advisable to consume turmeric with black pepper.  Such utilization escalates the health effects along with making it more savory.

Why do we need turmeric?

This orange-colored spice which is a part of the ginger family has been recommended for regular use by the World Health Organization, due to its proven health benefits. Other than being a potent anti-inflammatory, turmeric guards the liver against toxins and aids in digestion.

Relished as a condiment, turmeric helps to build immunity and reduce cholesterol. Apart from this, the underground turmeric stems called rhizomes have medicinal properties and are used in the treatment of cancer, jaundice, and insomnia.

How to consume turmeric?

To obtain the intended health benefits, include 3-4 teaspoons of fresh turmeric every day in your diet. Add it to vegetables, greens, soups, milk, smoothie or tea. Further, turmeric is also used in the preparation of skin creams   (Recall Vicco Turmeric.. Nahi cosmetic!) and topical skin application.

There is a valuable treasure in your kitchen. Hidden in it is your fountain of health.

Author: Latika Sawhney

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