Turmeric and traditional medicine practice

Before there were prescriptions and over -the - counter medications, herbs and spices were the foundation of traditional medicine practices around the world. One of those is turmeric, a key ingredient in curry powder and a highlight of cooking in many Indian, Thai, Pakistani or Persian dishes.

Turmeric's health benefits, along with a distinctive yellow colour, come from a group of flavonoids called curcuminoids (curcuma is the other name used for turmeric), being a great example of the concept that foods can very well support body's healing processes.
Turmeric is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic agent, not only very useful in disinfecting cuts and burns, but also fighting infections and certain viruses. The spice can work on a deeper level, including our DNA, as some studies show. It is potentially able to prevent DNA damage and support DNA repair. Indian scientists have demonstrated that including turmeric in your diet may be very helpful in decreasing blood sugar, making a relationship between the spice and diabetes very encouraging. Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) seems to help suppress the growth of fat tissue, being helpful in weight reduction. It also has the ability to reduce and delay the liver damage.

Turmeric is very easy to find and simple to use. Add a few shakes of turmeric to your favourite soup (autumn is a perfect season for that!), vegetable dish or pasta sauce and enjoy its wonderful properties!

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