Turmeric is a spice that has been widely used in India for centuries, and now has been celebrated in America. It can be found in almost every grocery store. This is a colorful, orange-yellow spice which is in a form of powder. Most of the world’s supply is grown in India. The plant’s roots are gathered, boiled and dried in super-hot ovens.
When they are completely dried they are ground in a fine powder. This powder is very strong so it easily stains when it comes in contact with some surface or fabric.
So you guess that’s why sometimes is used as dye color agent., but the most known characteristics are for cooking.
Studies and health experts are now saying that if you eat a little bit of turmeric each day, about a teaspoon or so, you can help your body fight off inflammation, pain, aging, even some cancers, and more. This is mainly due to the most active compound it contains, called curcumin. Curcumin is what makes turmeric anti-inflammatory and it helps to fight free radicals, plaque, and other types of toxins and bad stuff in your body. However, our bodies are not that great at absorbing curcumin by itself. This can be easily overcome by simply adding a bit of black pepper in with the turmeric, which greatly increases absorption. Here are a few of the awesome health benefits that turmeric provides:
Brain Support Boost- Turmeric helps keep brains healthy and functioning properly. Researchers have found that curcumin, the main bio-active ingredients found in turmeric, can cross the blood-brain barrier and bind directly with plaque. It’s been found to have a positive effect on overall cognitive function and may delay or even reverse certain brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Anti-inflammatory relief curcumin that is part of the turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory compound. It can help ease inflammation due to inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, pancreatitis and many others.
- Improves Digestion- the anti-inflammation effect provides turmeric to reduce bloating, gas and other digestive problems. It also stimulates the gall bladder, so people with gall bladder disease should avoid turmeric in a daily basis to avoid the risk of over-stimulation.
- Aids in Cardiovascular Health- the turmeric help in removing the buildup plaque in the arteries and prevents blood clots from forming.
Not just these, but there are lots of healing benefits from this spice. For extra health benefits eat a teaspoon of turmeric every day. Add it onto your meals, soups and tea!