The Indian people have a great inclination towards various kinds of food, starting from sweet to sour and bitter to tangy. India has been one of those countries in the world where numerous ingredients and spices are used to add flavour to the various cuisines available here.
One of the most popular spices used here is turmeric. It is basically a herb, commonly used as a spice and originally produced in India. It had been ages since we have seen our grandmothers and mothers adding turmeric to everything they cook but did we ever asked why is it so widely used?
The scientific name of turmeric is Carcuma Longa and it comes from the family of Zingiberaceae. This particular spice also has various names like-Carcuma longa, turmeric roots and wild Carcuma. When it is under the ground and in its raw form, it looks like ginger roots but after being plucked, we get a distinctive,yellowy-orange powder, which is further used for various purposes.
Turmeric has an active compound known as Curcumin, which is extremely beneficial for health as it is a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Very few people are aware of the fact that turmeric has been a part of ayurvedic treatment for the past 3000 years.
In the earlier time, when there were no allopathic tablets, people used to mix turmeric and milk which was considered the best cure to heal wounds.
Very few people are aware of the fact that turmeric has been a part of ayurvedic treatment since the past 3000 years.Even today, people apply raw turmeric paste on sprains as it pulls out the pain and promotes instant relief. Turmeric, commonly known as Haldi in India is loaded with anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties.
This herb is widely used for treating various health issues like cancer, indigestion, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, jaundice, hepatitis, loss of appetite, liver disease, issues in the gall bladder, headaches, bronchitis, cold and flu, respiratory infection, leprosy, amenorrhea.
It is a very common agent used in a wide variety of beauty products and skin ointments as has anti-inflammatory properties and even works wonder in cases of ringworm, leech bite, any kind of bruise, joint pains and arthritis. It is also advised by cardiologists as it lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood and prevents heart diseases.
Since medical science has made many developments, so common men have also come up with new ways of including this herb into their diet. People who are more conscious of their health, take turmeric supplements followed by their meals and turmeric tea is also a very popular option for the young generation.
This point is also to be noted that just like everything, even turmeric also has its good as well as bad effects. Even though extremely beneficial for health, it can even lead to stomach upset if the dosage is exceeded. It all depends on how wisely we use it and take the best of it.