Surely if you find it on a plate you will recognize it by its color and you may even use it in some of your recipes but … do you really know where the powder comes from? turmeric? We will explain it to you below as there are things you still have to discover about turmeric.
Although many people believe that it is extracted from a medicinal plant -which is true but imprecise-, the truth is that turmeric does not come from the stem or leaves of this vegetable of the ginger family, but from its roots!
And if it is so popular with foodies, although most people still do not use it regularly, it is above all because of its striking and characteristic orange color (which is especially due to the presence of curcumin and is because it has been used as a food coloring since ancient times), because of its great aroma and its intense slightly spicy flavor.
For all this, this has been a highly valued spice in Indian cuisine for many years, but what you may not have known is that it not only serves to add an exotic extra to your usual dishes but also contributes with turmeric. can be very beneficial for your health, as it has many incredible properties for the proper functioning of our entire body.
Some benefits of taking turmeric
Your liver will thank you
For preventing the appearance of stones, for its anti-inflammatory effects and for draining the liver of all kinds of toxins and unwanted substances, turmeric is one of the best foods for the gallbladder, something that is of great help for all those people suffering from cirrhosis, jaundice or fatty liver.
Relieves an upset stomach
As it has anti-inflammatory properties, it easily prevents heartburn and calms heartburn. It is good when we have some problems such as gastritis or slow digestion.
If you tend to have gas, perhaps turmeric is one of the remedies to stop this problem. Well, one does not have a good time. Thus, with this spice you can avoid flatulence and intestinal cramps.
Protects our heart
This spice gives us many more properties and benefits. And especially it has cardiovascular properties and protects our heart. And, as a consequence of all this, it can also reduce bad cholesterol.
Improve your mood
When it was discovered that turmeric stimulated the nervous system and secreted the production of serotonin – a component that helps us feel better and improve our mood in general – it began to be used with very good results as one of the best natural antidepressants in patients who suffered from stress on a regular or seasonal basis and even in people with depression or any disorder related to sadness or low self-esteem.
Forget about colds
In addition to everything we have mentioned, this interesting spice is a great remedy for bronchitis or nasal congestion and it is that it has been taken since time immemorial to treat a multitude of respiratory conditions that can range from a simple cold to even severe cases of bronchitis.
Their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties They help to clean and purify all of our lungs and therefore its consumption is recommended for those who suffer from chronic pulmonary obstructions. For all this, it is a very convenient vegetable to increase our defenses and, therefore, help prevent all kinds of flu and colds.
Rich dishes for the daily diet
Can’t think of ways to introduce it into your regular diet? Start by adding it to rice or meat dishes and you will quickly get used to its delicious flavor.
If you prefer other alternatives, you can also bet on consuming it through a turmeric tea, with all the properties of this spice in one of the most comfortable formats to take and also one of the healthiest because we will be contributing to our hydration.
You simply have to boil two liters of water and then add 3 or 4 tablespoons of this spice to drink this tea a couple of times a day. With a simple gesture like that, you will also be protecting yourself from cardiovascular diseases, liver diseases, etc., so why not give it a try?
Although we see that it offers many benefits, we must indicate that turmeric should be taken in moderation. So its consumption must be quite controlled. And if we do not know how much we should take and we are afraid to go overboard, perhaps we should ask the professional, doctor or nutritionist.
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