Turmeric – Beneficial For Health And CookingAug 7th, 2013 | By Jacob | Category: Health
By Rose Klein
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Natural health remedies are being rediscovered and are more popular everyday. If you commonly use natural remedies or keep up with the natural health movement then you may already be aware of Turmeric and it’s purported healing properties. Turmeric is a herbaceous plant belonging to the ginger family. It is cultivated in India, Asia, Indonesia and parts of Africa where it is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine and in cooking where it is added for flavor and for its golden yellow color. Turmeric has a 4000-year history of medicinal use and is commonly called “holy powder” in India. It is highly regarded due to its properties of being anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and anti-bacterial. Turmeric’s active ingredient is curcumin, which has been identified as a strong antioxidant. In today’s studies, turmeric shows promise for treatment in digestive ailments, reducing cholesterol, reducing inflammation, as a liver detoxifier, natural painkiller, preventing blood clots and fighting some cancers and infections. It has also been linked with helping in the treatment of depression, reducing progression of Alzheimer’s disease and aiding in fat metabolism and weight management. Turmeric can be used externally to cure skin problems such as acne, blemishes, scars, cuts and wounds. Turmeric is available in a variety of forms: capsules, powder, tinctures and tea. Capsules, tinctures and teas are generally taken up to four times a day in their recommended doses. Powdered turmeric can be made into a tea, but is most widely used in cooking where it can be added to curries, casseroles, soups and stir-fries. While turmeric does have numerous benefits and is generally considered safe at recommended doses, it is best taken under the supervision of your doctor. Side effects are usually associated with dosages taken above the recommended amount or with people on prescription medication. People who are diabetic, taking blood thinners or medication to reduce stomach acid should especially use caution. Women who are nursing or pregnant, individuals with gallstones, bile duct obstructions or stomach ulcers should not use turmeric. Turmeric obviously has many health benefits, as well as culinary uses. If you are interested in trying it, you can find the powder in the spice section of most grocery stores and for the capsules, tinctures and tea, they can be found at local health food suppliers. Providing that you have none of the above restrictions, here is a quick and easy tea recipe for you to try that uses turmeric. In a cup, combine ¼ teaspoon powdered turmeric and ¼ teaspoon powdered ginger to 1 cup boiling water; allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain and add ½ tablespoon maple syrup and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.