Feel free to call it the golden spice. Turmeric deserves this name not only because of its yellow color, but also because of its amazing health benefits that offers. Turmeric is the most known culinary spice which spans cultures. The turmeric is a major ingredient in Indian curries, and it turns American mustard yellow.
Despite its great use in cooking, turmeric has amazed scientists for really long time in terms of its medical uses. Turmeric is a tropical plant which belongs to the family Zingiberaceae. This yellow spice is a native to India and cultivated throughout the tropics around the world.
The legend says that when baby Jesus was born, three wise men from the East went to see him and brought him gifts. They brought him gold, frankincense and myrrh. There are some records that many people believed that gold actually refers to the commonly used spice of the time- turmeric.
Turmeric guards a special place in Indian tradition and religion too. It was used to worship Sun God. People also wore turmeric as a part of purification process.
Turmeric was also used by Buddhists monks, who traveled to different places around the world, to dye their robes. There is some evidence that turmeric was used as a part of Chinese medicine around 1000 years ago. By the mid 20th century, turmeric became popular in the western world too.
Health Benefits Of Turmeric
Turmeric consists of a wide range of antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, antimutagenic, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties.It is rich in many healthy nutrients such as iron, dietary fiber, niacin, magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, protein, calcium, copper, and zinc. Thanks to all these vitamins, nutrients and minerals turmeric is often used to treat a wide variety of health problems.
Prevents cancer – It has been shown that turmeric can help prevent prostate cancer, stop the growth of already existing prostate cancer and even destroy cancer cells. Many researchers have found that thanks to the active components found in turmeric, it is one of the best protectors against radiation-induced tumors. Turmeric can also prevent growth of tumor cells like T-cell leukemia, colon cancer and breast cancer.
Studies have also indicated that turmeric can help to relieve physical discomfort, too. A 4-week study published in the Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging found that turmeric worked as well as ibuprofen at relieving osteoarthritis pain — and that it worked even better than the pharmaceutical when it came to relieving joint stiffness. A previous study, published in 2011, also found that turmeric helped to relieve pain. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in Surgical Endoscopy found that turmeric supplements relieved post-operative discomfort in gallbladder surgery patients better than placebo. In 3-week intervals, patients taking the supplement reported significantly less pain and discomfort than the placebo patients.
You may don’t know this, but turmeric has also other great benefits like, promote wound healing, soothe tissue irritation, relieve stomach aches, and boost heart health. Turmeric is truly a miraculous substance that continues to astound researchers across the globe.