With ancient origins in Southwest Asia, turmeric is a medicinal plant that you probably know for its vibrant yellow hue, as today it is widely used as a food coloring. You may also have seen it marketed as a condiment, but it’s actually a natural treasure full of antioxidants and digestive stimulants. Today, we share with you some benefits of turmeric, in hopes that you decide to try it in your next meal.
It is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
This amazing root has many antioxidant and antibacterial properties, as well as uncountable benefits for digestive processes. This promotes a healthy metabolic rate, which can help improve nutrient absorption and facilitate weight loss.
On one hand, antioxidants prevent radical damage, delaying premature aging of the body and diseases or conditions related to it, such as vision loss or joint pain.
On the other hand, its anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent alternative for colds and congestion, strengthening the immune system. They also contribute to good joint and muscle health.
As if that were not enough, multiple studies have also shown that one of the many benefits of turmeric is the reduction of arthritic pain, as well as the fact that it can help conditions related to high blood sugar.
Reduces medical risks
We talked about this a bit before, but did you know that turmeric can reduce your chances of getting cancer significantly? Multiple studies suggest that it has properties that keep pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and multiple myeloma away.
It also helps avoid adverse effects on the liver, as it prevents damage from toxins. This is great news for those on strong medication for diabetes or other health conditions that require so.
Meanwhile, curcumin, the pigment extracted from turmeric, is an excellent liver cleanser, so it rejuvenates the gallbladder and reduces the risk of cirrhosis. Therefore, adding a touch of turmeric to your food is an excellent idea.
How to use turmeric?
One of the most popular ways to consume turmeric is in curry, its most famous presentation. Lately, its use in beverages has become very widespread as well. Turmeric latte, or golden milk, is a preparation made from vegetable milk with a delicious touch of cinnamon.
You can also prepare turmeric and ginger tea, the ideal companion for a cold and cloudy day, or the perfect medicine for an annoying cold that has lasted longer than it should.
If you are just getting to know this spectacular spice, at El Grullo Naturista we recommend that you use it as a flavoring and condiment; with a small pinch, it will be more than enough for your dishes to acquire a flavor like never before. Dare to try it!