Feel free to call it the golden spice. Turmeric deserves this name not only because of its yellow colour, but also because of its amazing health benefits that offers. Turmeric is the most known culinary spice which spans cultures. The turmeric is a major ingredient in Indian curries, and it turns American mustard yellow.
Despite its great use in cooking, turmeric has amazed scientists for really long time in terms of its medical uses. Turmeric is a tropical plant which belongs to the family Zingiberaceae. This yellow spice is a native to India and cultivated throughout the tropics around the world.
Turmeric consists of a wide range of antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, antimutagenic, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties.It is rich in many healthy nutrients such as iron, dietary fiber, niacin, magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, protein, calcium, copper, and zinc. Thanks to all these vitamins, nutrients and minerals turmeric is often used to treat a wide variety of health problems.
It has been shown that turmeric can help prevent prostate cancer, stop the growth of already existing prostate cancer and even destroy cancer cells. Many researchers have found that thanks to the active components found in turmeric, it is one of the best protectors against radiation-induced tumors. Turmeric can also prevent growth of tumor cells like T-cell leukemia, colon cancer and breast cancer.
Here is some excellent news for those who are trying to fight depression in a natural way. It has been shown that curcumin, the antioxidant that makes turmeric so fascinating spice can function as an antidepressant.
BOOSTS THE IMMUNITY
Lipopolysaccharide is the substance found in turmeric which has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects which helps strengthen the immune system. A person who has a strong immune system is more resistant to colds, coughs or the flu. For those who maybe sometimes will catch a cold or the flu, you will feel much better if you just mix one teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of warm milk and drink it once a day.
SOOTHS UPSET STOMACH
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects so it is useful in keeping stomach acid under control. Also turmeric is used to sooth heartburn and general stomach upset too.
With its strong antiseptic and antibacterial effects, turmeric can do wonders for your skin. If you have a cut or a burn, simply sprinkle some turmeric powder on it and help the healing process. You can also use turmeric in repairing damaged skin, treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
MAINTAINS THE IDEAL WEIGHT
If you are watching your weight or you are trying to lose some, you should definitely include turmeric in your diet. Take just one teaspoon of turmeric powder before every meal. A component found in turmeric helps increase the flow of bile which has a major role in the breakdown of dietary fat.
PREVENTS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
Studies have shown that brain inflammation is responsible for cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric is good for overall brain health by helping in the removal of plaque build-up in the brain and by improving the oxygen flow. This will prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
PROTECTS THE LIVER
Turmeric is a kind of natural liver detoxifier. The liver plays the major role in detoxification of our bodies through the production of enzymes and turmeric is responsible for increased production of these vital enzymes. Later those enzymes break down and reduce toxins in the body. It has been shown that turmeric also speeds and improves blood circulation.
• 1 gallon Filtered or Spring Water
• 1 cup of fresh Turmeric or ⅓ cup dried whole root
• 1 cup organic sugar or rapadure
• 1 cup of fresh Ginger
• ½ cup Water Kefir Grains
1. First you need to peel the ginger and turmeric and roughly chop.
2. Then pour the water into a pan, put it on the stove and bring to a boil.
3. Put the ginger and turmeric into the pot.
4. Lover the temperature, cover the pot and cook for an hour.
5. When is done move to the refrigerator to cool.
6. When it cools, strain out the ginger and the turmeric.
7. Then pour the liquid into a large one gallon glass jar.
8. Then add the sugar or rapadura and mix up until it is dissolved.
9. Lastly add the water kefir grains.
10. Cover the glass with a dish towel and let it sit for 3-5 days.
11. Try it- if it tastes tangy, a bit sour and is fizzy then it’s done.
12. Keep it in the refrigerator and enjoy it whenever you want.