What is Turmeric?
Turmeric comes from the Curcuma Longa plant, which grows in India and other Southeast Asian countries. The dried root of the Curcuma longa plant is ground into vibrant yellow turmeric powder and used as a culinary spice and traditional medicine. Historically, it was used in Ayurveda, traditional Indian and Chinese medicine. It was used to cure skin disorders, the digestive system, respiratory system and joints.
What are the health benefits of turmeric?
The potential health benefits of curcumin include preventing and helping to fight inflammation. It is used in the treatment of numerous inflammatory conditions for its anti-inflammatory effects. Turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties have been compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Another active ingredient in turmeric is turmerone. Some studies suggest turmerone can support cognitive performance due to its neuroprotective properties.
Organic Turmeric also helps improve metabolism and lets your body burn a significant number of calories, leading to weight loss.
Turmeric is also promoted as a supplement for a variety of conditions, including digestive disorders, arthritis, respiratory infections, liver disease, depression, allergies and many others.
Turmeric usually doesn't cause serious side effects when consumed in moderation, and cooking with turmeric is not a problem. However, high doses of turmeric (especially in supplements) may have a blood-thinning effect and can increase bile production. People with liver or bile duct problems should not take turmeric supplements.
How to use Turmeric Powder?
Turmeric powder is an essential ingredient of curry spice and the most important ingredient in many Indian recipes like curries, samosas, and bhaji. It gives the dishes their distinctive, vibrant yellowish colour.
You can use 1-2 teaspoons per serving and add it to your soups, sauces, stews, curries, drinks, lattes or smoothies.