Turmeric - The golden spice
Turmeric, sometimes called Indian saffron or the golden spice, is a tall plant that grows in Asia and Central America.
The turmeric on shelves and in spice cabinets is made of the ground roots of the plant. The bright yellow color of processed turmeric has inspired many cultures to use it as a dye. Ground turmeric is also a major ingredient in curry powder.
Used for thousands of years in ayurvedic and traditional Chinese Medicine, this golden spice has many proven health benefits. The bright yellow spice commonly used in Indian cuisine is one of the most powerful herbs in the world. With its myriad healing properties and health benefits, this spice is one you should seriously consider adding to your cooking repertoire if you haven’t already. Keep reading to learn more about the active ingredients in this spice and what benefits they provide.
Anti-inflammatory benefit - Though acute (temporary) inflammation is beneficial in protecting the body against pathogens and in stimulating the healing process, chronic inflammation has been linked to many diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s
Prevent chronic diseases - The antioxidant benefits of this yellow spice help to slow the process of aging and may also prevent chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. By preventing or slowing the progression of these diseases, this spice may increase longevity as well.
Improves mood & helps in managing depression - Numerous research studies have shown this spice offers antidepressant benefits similar to those offered by common medications like Prozac.
Anti-cancer effects - Numerous animal studies have explored turmeric’s influence on cancer, and many have found that it can affect cancer formation, growth, and development at a molecular level. Research has shown that it can reduce the spread of cancer and can contribute to the death of cancerous cells. Turmeric and curcumin may also be able to counteract the effects of some carcinogens, such as certain additives used in processed food.
Lowers risk to heart Diseases - It may help reverse many steps in the heart disease process. Perhaps the main benefit of curcumin when it comes to heart disease is improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of your blood vessels. In addition, curcumin reduces inflammation and oxidation (as discussed above), which plays an important role in heart disease as well.