Turmeric - The Wonder Spice
Turmeric - probably the most revered spice in India. We Indians cannot imagine any of our festival or wedding without turmeric. It is also the most researched spice today. Ayurveda has known, understood and used turmeric for centuries now. Indian cuisine has beautifully incorporated turmeric in its daily cuisine.
Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Also, Curcumin, found in turmeric, is a potent anti-oxidant. If you are like me then you might ask - What are anti-oxidants and what do they do?
Answer - (Here is a very simple explanation ) Anti-oxidants can stabilize or neutrilize the damaging effects of free radicals. Anti-oxidants may be a vitamin (Vitamin C) or a mineral (zinc).
Now the next question that I would have asked is - What in the world are free radicals and where did they come from ??
Answer -(in very very simple terms) Free radicals are produced when our cells convert oxygen to energy. Human body has its own ways to keep these guys in check but sometimes stuff happens and these free radicals are produced in large numbers. That's when the problem begins. These free radicals can attack and destroy any molecule that they find.
Including turmeric in your daily meal will do much more good than you think. Ayurveda also considers turmeric to be a blood purifier. Next time you feel aches and pains after a long hike/walk, try warm milk with turmeric and little sugar/honey (for taste). Or when so suffer from cough or sore throat, try turmeric with honey.
So, next time you see turmeric, think anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.
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