Let me tell you a bit of history about this superfood known by many as “poor man’s saffron”. They have been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines for thousands of years and have served important roles in traditional cultures throughout the East. It was the Arab traders who introduced it to Europe in the 13th century. Even the great Marco Polo wrote about it in his journal.
Turmeric is a bright yellow spice with an earthy, peppery aroma. It is an herbaceous plant and a member of the Ginger family. This perennial plant can grow 6 feet high and is native to the tropical regions of Southern Asia. They display fragrant trumpet-like yellow flowers and bulb-like roots that produce rhizomes where new roots and plants would grow. This wonder spice requires temperatures ranging between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius and needs a lot of annual rainfall to thrive.
Read on to find out what this modern day superfood can provide you. Most of the health benefits of this spice come from the active compound that it contains called curcuminoids. This spice is loaded with numerous essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, manganese, potassium, zinc, calcium and more….
Here’s a list of some amazing health facts about Turmeric:
- It’s a powerful anti-oxidant
- It supports your memory function, boost your immune system and slow the aging process.
- It helps maintain a healthy digestive system and promote strong liver and blood functions.
- It helps in maintaining normal cholesterol levels.
Did you know that in the Eastern culture, this old spice has also been considered a skin food for thousands of years? Truly, it’s a natural beauty product as well.
Care for some unusual uses of this wonder powder? Here…
- Adding it to your toothpaste can help whiten your teeth
- Customized facial foundation (a well-known actress does this!)
- Supercharges your home-made soap
- Salves your scalp to get rid of dandruff
- Removes excess body hair
- Aside from dyeing clothes, use it as a temporary tattoo.
Now, lets’ talk about the side effects of Turmeric.
Generally, turmeric is considered safe even when taken at higher doses. However, you have to be careful of some contraindications. For pregnant women and those with serious heart and liver conditions, it’s best to consult with your doctor first before taking turmeric supplements.
Have a cup of Turmeric tea… add some lemon juice and honey. It’s awesome!