One of our widely used Persian spices, turmeric or 'zarchoobe,' as it's known to us, has been in our kitchens for generations, adding flavor to our meals, with such a rich and vibrant color and a pleasing scent which fills the air. Although most of us only use it for cooking, it should be known that this spice has some valuable healing properties.
Turmeric is from the ginger family, it has numerous health benefits, as does ginger which aids indigestion and nausea. Known more commonly as the "poor man's saffron," it has an earthy, bitter taste to it, but when added to the right dish, it does wonders to bring out the flavors. It is available to us in a powdered form, which is much easier after the root has been dried.
You may have been using this spice for years and never known just how beneficial it is to your health, well now you can find out.
Turmeric acts as at is a natural antiseptic to disinfect wounds and burns.
It is known to reduce the risks of children developing leukemia.
Turmeric is considered to be useful in the prevention of lung cancer.
It is thought to prevent melanoma and treat existing melanomas, causing the cells to die.
Here is an interesting one. It has been shown to not only prevent, but halt the growth of prostate cancer when it is combined with cauliflower.
Turmeric serves as a natural liver detoxifier.
It has been thought to aid in preventing Alzheimer's disease.
Turmeric is considered to prevent different types of cancer from forming.
It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, less the side-effects.
Turmeric slows the progression of multiple sclerosis.
This spice is also used as a natural painkiller.
It is useful in aiding the metabolism of fat for weight loss.
Chinese have used turmeric in the treatment for depression.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used to treat arthritis.
Turmeric has been reported to halt the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
It speeds up the healing process of wounds and sores.
It can be used to aid in the treatment of psoriasis or eczema.
Turmeric lowers cholesterol.
It reduces the side-effects of chemotherapy.
Turmeric can also improve asthma.
Are you looking for a few more interesting ways of using this spice for everyday uses? Here you go:
- Add a spoonful of turmeric to water in a water-cooled radiator and this will prevent leakage.
- Sprinkle turmeric on the soil in your garden, this will chase away the ants for sure.
- Turmeric is often used as an ingredient in sunscreens. Create a thick paste using turmeric and it will be a great remedy for sunburn.
Hope you've found these facts interesting, and you will be able to make use of the turmeric in your spice rack more often!