Turmeric heals - it's not just curry and Worcester

Plant for generations recognized Ayurveda, pleasantly pungent and aromatic spices Asia .. Not only that turmeric, a natural remedy that might still surprise us ..

Turmeric, whose origin probably dates back to the East Indies, belongs to the same family with ginger. Today it is cultivated mainly in China and India, but also in other countries with a tropical climate. Plant with ovate-oblong leaves grow to a size between 0.5 to 1m. For further processing, the rhizomes are harvested. In the shop you can find two types: the so-called "round turmeric", which has an oval or pear shape, or so-called "long turmeric", which are rhizomes lateral, oblong, about the size of a finger. More common, however, going to get it in powder form, that is dried, crushed rhizomes.

Turmeric as a spice
Aroma of turmeric itself is very specific, its taste is sharp as pungent, somewhat similar to a relative of ginger, so he's earned the name "yellow ginger". This spice with us seldom used alone, due to its typical flavor kořennému but find it as part of seasoning mixture and flavorings, such as curry or liquid seasoning Worcester. Turmeric is very useful for adjusting taste some savory sauces for meats and vegetables are also added as ingredients in the manufacture of mustard and dressings.

Curcumin - pigment and antioxidant
Turmeric is due to its much yellow pigment also known as "Indian saffron". Pigment curcumin is completely harmless to human health, quite the contrary. It can be used to dye foods such as butter, cheese, sauces, candies, liqueurs, etc. Before even been used for dyeing and wood, your application probably located in the manufacture of paints for painting.
But curcumin is also important for us as a medicine. It is a very powerful antioxidant, which deprives us of dangerous free radicals and prevents pathological changes in tissues.

Turmeric is an ancient remedy not only for digestion
Beneficial effects of turmeric on our digestion knew people in the Middle Ages. Adding turmeric to food therefore not only used to adjust the taste and aroma of spices that help digestion heavier and fattier foods, because it stimulates the gall bladder and liver. Increasing the production of digestive juices, for this exotic spices so significant that are specifically used as part of treatment for digestive problems, it can be found even as an ingredient known and effective drug Cholagol. It also has a beneficial effect on the stomach and is also used against flatulence.

Turmeric may still surprise us
Effects of turmeric on our bodies are not yet fully explored, but ongoing research clearly shows us that this plant can be a great help on many fronts. Its antiseptic, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties give it a wide range of application. It is used to treat respiratory diseases, like ginger, it can be applied cough, grated and mixed with a teaspoon of honey. Disinfecting operates throughout our digestive tract. Externally it is used for treatment of skin problems such as acne, and to support treatment of inflamed wounds. Cladding strong decoction of turmeric improves blood circulation and relieves arthritic joints of inflammation.
Currently also examines the effectiveness of turmeric against some forms of cancer, such as prostate cancer. This plant, recognized holistic medicine and ayurveda, is due to its effect on blood circulation also considered for the prevention of stroke and bleeding in the brain. It seems therefore that the healing power of the rhizomes of this popular Asian seasoning us for its healing effects still surprise ..



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Sources used: Herbs, spices, fruits / Mona

[2008-10-08]
The author Turmeric heals - it's not just curry and Worcester: Michaela Vorlová