We as Indians, have always incorporated turmeric into our households and our lives. Right from using it in our curries, incorporating turmeric into skin care and even slurping the turmeric milk down to cure those nasty colds. For every ailment turmeric always seems to be the magical cure. Ever wondered why? Here are 5 health benefits of turmeric we bet you did not know about.
1. Healing Properties
Remember those days when sprinkling turmeric powder was your grandma’s suggestion to treat any cut, burn or infection? Its natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties make it a desirable disinfectant and can fasten the healing process. Instead of turning to a pill, the next time you experience an upset stomach or heartburn, try this super spice instead.
2. Health Powerhouse
Curcumin, an active compound found in turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Because of the presence of these properties, turmeric reduces the chances of diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes and joint pain. Keep more than just the flu at bay with a warm concoction of ginger, pepper, lemon and turmeric tea.
Think only fruits and vegetables are good for detox? When the liver is supported through the use of turmeric, it helps to detox. The turmeric helps support the body’s natural method of eliminating metabolic wastes as well as the onslaught of chemicals we are exposed to in our air, water, soil, and food.
4. Prevents Blood Clots
Blood clots are undesirable since they disrupt the flow of blood among the healthy vessels paving the way to various heart problems. Blood clots form through a process called platelet aggregation where blood platelets concentrate in one area and eventually clot. The curcumin in the turmeric greatly reduces platelet aggregation and the risk of developing blood clots.
5. Aids Digestion
This yellow spice does more than just adding an earthy flavour to your food. Turmeric stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, which in turn helps in breaking down and digesting the food. It is also known to reduce symptoms of bloating and gas.
Turmeric can do so much for you. If you aren’t already using it in your diet or looking for new ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet, check out this super quick recipe for turmeric tea.
Tea is one beverage loved by us Indians and turmeric tea is equally comforting and refreshing. Warm up to a hot cup of delicious turmeric milk with this super easy turmeric tea.
• 2 tsp. healthy alternatives – organic fresh turmeric powder
• 1 tsp. fresh ginger (finely grated)
• ½ tsp. cinnamon
• 1 pinch healthy alternatives – black pepper (crushed)
• ½ tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
• 1 tsp. honey (or sweetener of choice)
• ¼ cup coconut milk (or milk of choice)
• 1/2 cup boiling water
1. Bring the water to boil and add in the turmeric and ginger. Cover and let it steep for 10 mins.
2. Stir in cinnamon, black pepper, vanilla, and honey.
3. Pour this mixture in a cup. Fill the rest of the cup with coconut milk and stir.
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