What makes this yellow powder one of the most popular spices in the world?
How many terms for turmeric appear in ancient Indian texts shows the unusual nature of this plant. Turmeric in Sanskrit is called "auspicious", "holy", "beautiful as moonlight", and even "the way of Krishna" and "wife of Shiva". For centuries, Hindus have used it not only as a spice, but also as a cosmetic product. Turmeric powder is sprinkled on newlyweds in India, wishing them happiness and prosperity.
Turmeric is also gaining more and more popularity in the West. All new research points to its therapeutic properties. The active ingredients in turmeric root support the body at so many levels that there is no substitute for its use.
Fountain of youth.
The curcumin found in turmeric is a powerful antioxidant. It inhibits the formation of free radicals, that is, reactive oxygen species, the presence of which accelerates the aging process. Therefore, it is safe to say that turmeric is the spice of youth. Its regular use has a positive effect on the state of the whole organism.
Turmeric root contains substances that are responsible for its pungent, slightly bitter taste. They stimulate the production of saliva - this is a signal to increase the amount of stomach acid. This means faster and better absorption of food.
At the same time, the pungent taste is perceived as a "burn"; after eating a dish with turmeric, the body raises the body temperature, speeds up the work of the heart and lungs. As a result, each cell is oxygenated and nourished, which means a more efficient metabolism and better functioning of the whole organism.
That's not all. The nasal blood vessels also dilate, which increases mucus production. Thus, turmeric helps to clear the airways and can be used as an adjuvant in the treatment of infections.
Turmeric against bacteria.
Why are Indian women so eager to get their hands on turmeric and curry? The answer is simple: these are not only delicious spices, but also excellent natural antibiotics. Hygiene in India leaves a lot to be desired. In the meantime, the turmeric added to the cookware is able to prevent the growth of bacteria. In addition, fresh turmeric compresses are used in India.
Author's material: Sergey Davydov