Turmeric is an amazing spice that comes from the Far East and in recent years has conquered the cuisine of the West. Even though not all people are still familiar with the use of turmeric, over time many have been introducing it among the most common spices used in their kitchen. Apart from the intense flavour and the beautiful orange colour of turmeric, this spice is also characterized by extraordinary benefits to our health and wellness.
So if you want to improve your immune system in a natural and effective way, start using turmeric. Even if the taste initially seems strange to you based on your current diet patterns, you will soon come to realize that this spice has the ability to add unique character to each food. Why don’t you experiment with recipes that call for turmeric and see how useful and beneficial it can be to your health?
What Is Turmeric?
First of all, for those who do not know, turmeric is a root with a well-protected interior of deep orange colour. This is the colour that characterizes turmeric as a spice, while very often the foods that contain turmeric appear to be orange in colour. The taste, as mentioned, is sufficiently strong and in some cases it might be referred to as slightly bitter, while the aroma of the spice is purely intoxicating.
Where Can Turmeric Be Used?
There are many options for those who wish to introduce turmeric in their daily diet. For example, turmeric can be used in various types of curry or as part of a tasty marinade for meat, fish and tofu. It can also accompany vegetables (either grilled or boiled) or help in thickening the texture of a soup. Turmeric is also used in seasoning rice and quinoa, bulgur and potatoes adding special colour and flavour, and finally it can be added in small quantities to a smoothie.
Because of the specific colour of turmeric, it is often used as colour stimulant in mustards and other sauces. As you can see, it is an ingredient that has numerous uses in the kitchen. But why is turmeric so beneficial?
Benefits for Our Health
One of our most important health benefits deriving from turmeric is its anti-inflammatory activity. Specifically, due to its particular components it is used to fight infections of our urinary system, as well as other infections in our body. It may heal stomach ulcers, as well as enhance brain functions. It acts against the degeneration of brain diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease.
Great attention has been drawn to the antioxidant properties of turmeric. In particular, scientific studies have linked regular consumption of this spice with reduced rates of occurrence of many cancers. Even if prevention is not possible, the treatment of cancer proves more effective with frequent consumption of turmeric. Something similar happens in patients with Crohn’s disease.
For all these reasons and many-many more, turmeric deserves a place in your diet. Try it out and you will love its taste and character!
Best of Health,