Turmeric was traditionally called Indian saffron because of its intense yellow-orange color is similar to that of saffron. It is used as a spice, herb and for textile paint.
Turmeric comes from the root of the turmeric plant, which has a rough brown skin and deep orange color inside. This herb has a very interesting flavor. Its taste is spicy, with a warm and bitter flavor, but it is light and reminiscent of orange and ginger.
Brief history and origin of turmeric
Turmeric comes from Indonesia and southern India, where it has been produced for more than 5000 years. Arab traders introduced turmeric to Europe in the 13th century, but in recent years, it has become popular in Western cultures. Much of this popularity is due to recent scientific studies that prove its therapeutic properties. Leading commercial producers of turmeric include India, Indonesia, China, Philippines, Taiwan, Haiti and Jamaica.
Composition of Turmeric
The color of turmeric varies according to different varieties, but it is not a criterion for its best quality – because of its high curcumin content, it is common to use turmeric rather than curry powder as pure turmeric powder has the highest concentration of curcumin, on average- 3.14% of its weight.
Turmeric powder should be stored in tightly closed container in a cool, dark, dry place. Fresh turmeric roots should be stored in the refrigerator. We need to be careful when using turmeric, with its deep color because you can easily cause staining.
Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is not only aromatic, but therapeutic. With its help you can strengthen your immune system. To prepare a decoction for strengthening your immunity, soak 2 cups almonds in milk overnight. The next morning, add 1 tsp of honey and a pinch of turmeric and mix the potion to a homogeneous mixture. Drink this potion of the morning during breakfast. Turmeric actively promotes good metabolism.
- The oils contained in turmeric have significant anti-inflammatory action. An even more powerful anti-inflammatory agent is the yellow-orange pigment in turmeric, called curcumin. Curcumin is considered a major pharmacological agent in turmeric.
- Turmeric provides effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease;
- Helps against rheumatoid arthritis;
- Helps against cystic fibrosis;
- Reduces the risk of cancer;
- Curcumin and its antioxidant actions enable it to protect cells against the effects of free radicals ;
- Turmeric and onions in combination may help prevent colon cancer;
- Turmeric and cauliflower in combination may help prevent prostate cancer ;
- Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia;
- Turmeric is also used to cleanse the body of toxins, heat and cleanse the blood.
- Turmeric is able to clear the energy channels of the body, which is useful for people who are dealing with mental work or some kind of art.
- Paste of turmeric is the perfect remedy for itching;
- Improves liver function;
- Provides cardiovascular protection;
- Reduces the cholesterol levels;
- Provides protection against disease, like Alzheimer's;
- From turmeric, companies make anti-inflammatory drugs for problem skin ;
- Face masks that contain turmeric significantly improve the color of skin and clear pores to their maximum.
- One teaspoon turmeric dissolved in a glass of water helps with stomach pain and diarrhea. Need to drink half a cup of this water before each meal.
- When you have anemia, have a quarter teaspoon turmeric dissolved in copper. This provides the body with the right amount of iron. If necessary, the turmeric may be increased to half a teaspoon.