Turmeric is known for being a piquant spice that adorns every food it touches, but it's merely was well-regarded for its therapeutic traits. Because of its brilliant yellow pigment, turmeric is also known as the 'Indian saffron. Modern medicine has begun to recognize its importance, as indicated by the over 3000 publications dealing with turmeric that came out within the last 25 years. The chief constituent in Turmeric is Curcumin. This component has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
Benefits of Turmeric
With deep antiquity stemming from both Ayurveda and Chinese medicines, turmeric has long been glorified (for as many as 5000 years) for its lavish health benefits and traditional healing properties.
The Turmeric root can be consumed in two distinct forms: turmeric oil and turmeric powder. Turmeric oil is a liquid extracted from the root along with several compounds and is responsible for the aroma of the spice. Turmeric powder, on the other hand, contains most of the curcuminoids. Curcuminoids are the components that offer a bright yellow colour to the turmeric root and studied for a wide spread of health benefits.
Turmeric is mainly used in three diverse sections. These are skincare, healthcare and as a spice in food.
Turmeric as a health supplement
What is known and confirmed to date and what you can trust is that turmeric; can aid digestion, help maintain healthy liver function, act as a powerful antioxidant, stimulate contractions of the gallbladder, help aid the indicative relief of dysmenorrhea (TCM) and help reduce mild rheumatic joint pain. These are the health benefits of turmeric when consumed internally. Turmeric can be consumed internally in the form of golden milk.
Turmeric as a cosmetic product
Turmeric when used externally on the skin, will make wonders. Turmeric will reduce scarring with its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is excellent for acne because it is a natural antiseptic and helps to keep bacteria from spreading. It can also help reduce redness from blemishes and calm skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. Turmeric powder can also be used in face packs for skin whitening. Turmeric contains curcumin, which inhibits pigmentation in the skin. This leads to diminishing of dark spots and lightening of skin over time. Turmeric paste made from lemon juice and milk is a great remedy for dark spots.
Turmeric as a spice
Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour. Turmeric is used to flavour foods. As a culinary spice, turmeric can be added to foods to offer a deep flavour variously described as warm, peppery and earthy.