Turmeric is an Ancient spice that belongs to the ginger family. It contains a chemical called curcumin which is believed to have several medical properties. The spice has been part of the Indian Auyrevedic medicine, & cooking for thousands of years.
The use of turmeric has now spread across the world, and can be found in many kitchens. I personally love cooking with turmeric, especially when making fried rice. I love that yellowish colour and the earthy aroma it adds to my dishes.
I became aware of all its wonderful health benefits when my mum suffered with an inflamed/painful joints & her Indian friend recommended she use turmeric. My Mum boiled the fresh roots in water and drank a cup every day in the morning for some days, and it really helped reduced the swelling as well as the pain. Seeing its positive effect On my mum, I became curious and carried out further research. I Was pleasantly pleased to find out that I have been cooking with a wonder spices that’s been looking after my body….
This affordable spice is commonly available in its dried powered form from online shops and supermarkets. In the UK, fresh turmeric roots can be purchased from Indian and Chinese shops. And for those that want the easy way, you will be pleased to hear that they come in capsular form. I personally prefer the fresh roots, as I believe the nutrients are more preserved.
Curcumin works as anti inflammatory in the body which means that it can help with diseases such as arthritis and Alzheimer’s, it’s an anti oxidant hence it boost the immune system and prevent the skin from premature ageing,it lowers cholesterol from the blood, improves and lower the risk of heart diseases and it is very beneficial in the treatment of depression and irritable bowel syndrome.
You can incorporate this in to your diet as a tea(there are a number of great organic turmeric teas in the market), you can add it to your soups and It’s very nice when cooked with rice. It gives it that vibrant yellowish colour and of course you get all the added nutrients.
Having said all this, it is important to take care when self medicating or trying a herbal remedy for any health related issues. It is advisable to always consult with your GP especially when you are on other prescribed medications.