Did you know that besides being a condiment, colouring agent and an important spice, turmeric offers a host of health benefits? The simple yellow powder that you probably overlook because of its usage in almost all Indian curries, is a storehouse of antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and antiflammatory properties. From being used as a topical ointment on wounds and bruises to preventing cancer, this wonder spice finds great utility in different industries. You may have always thought that turmeric is mostly used in the kitchen and in fairness creams, but you will be surprised to know where all this innocuous looking spice is used. Here’s a look at how you can derive the most benefits from this spice, which is often called the ‘Queen of Spices’:
* For Beauty Treatments
Turmeric is known to work wonders on the skin. From removing blemishes and spots to improving complexion, beauticians swear by the efficacy of this wonder spice. Grind a raw turmeric piece into a smooth paste and mix it with some sandalwood paste. This combination is usually referred to as uptan in Hindi. Make sure both your ingredients are carefully balanced so that your skin derives all the benefits of both ingredients without turning yellow. Apply this paste on to your skin before taking a bath. Regular use will show a remarkable difference in the general health condition of your skin and its complexion.
* Boosts Immunity
The antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal components of turmeric boost the body’s immunity and provide it more resistance against the common cold, coughs and the flu. Turmeric also contains a component called lipopolysaccharide which is essential for strengthening the body’s immune system. Mix a teaspoon full of turmeric powder in a glass of milk or chew on a raw piece of turmeric every morning. This will not help you keep your digestive system healthy but will also strengthen your body’s immunity.
* Helps Reduce Weight
Here’s some good news for those who wish to reduce weight, but are hesitant to hit the gym. Turmeric has a certain component which increases bile flow, consequentially enhancing the breakdown of dietary fibre. If you are looking for an easy way to reduce weight, take a teaspoon of turmeric powder along with your daily meals.
* Improves Digestion
Turmeric increases the flow of bile which improves the digestive system. Turmeric is known to be very effective against digestive disorders and inflammatory bowel disease. For people suffering from such diseases, consumption of raw turmeric is highly recommended. However, it is advisable to consult a physician before consuming the same.
* Make tea for a long life
This may sound weird, but yes it’s true. Boil a cup of water, add a few strands of raw turmeric, add a bit of crushed ginger, some honey and you have the longevity tea ready. By improving the health of your internal systems, the turmeric tea enables you to live a longer and healthier life.
Apart from these benefits, turmeric is also effective in healing wounds, preventing liver diseases, preventing Alzheimer’s disease and providing relief in case of arthritis.
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