We have been using Turmeric (Haldi) for domestic purpose as antiseptic to stop the blood, gargle with hot water during throat pain, consume with hot milk during throat problems, as a body cream during weddings known as Ubdan. Indians are aware of Vicco Turmeric Cream. Health benefits of Turmeric powder is immense.
Before I begin the health benefits of Turmeric some basic facts:
Turmeric is known as the golden spice of life. Turmeric has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic or traditional Indian medicine to treat a variety of ailments. In the ancient time in India, turmeric was the principal spice and also of religious significance.
Activities of Turmeric include: Alterative, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-allergic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, appetizer, astringent, cardiovascular, carminative, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic, stimulant, and vulnerary.
Therapeutic uses of Turmeric: Anemia, cancer, diabetes, digestion, food poisoning, gallstones, indigestion, IBS, parasites, poor circulation, staph infections, and wounds.
Nutritional Value of Turmeric
Value per 100 grams:
- Moisture:13.100 gm
- Protein: 6.300 gm
- Fat: 5.100 gm
- Minerals: 3.500 gm
- Fibre: 2.600 gm
- Carbohydrates: 69.400 gm
- Energy: 349.000 Kcal
- Calcium: 150.000 mg
- Phosphorus: 282.000 mg
- Iron: 67.800 mg
Two teaspoons of turmeric contain:
- Iron: 1.88 milligrams
- Vitamin B: 0.08 milligrams
- Dietary fiber: 0.96 grams
- Potassium: 114.48 milligrams
- Manganese: 0.36 grams
Turmeric Powder Health Benefits:
- The main organs that turmeric treats are the skin, heart, liver, and lungs.
- Turmeric is used for epilepsy and bleeding disorders, skin diseases, to purify the body-mind, and to help the lungs expel Kapha.
- Turmeric helps to regulate the female reproductive system and purifies the uterus and breast milk, and in men, it purifies and builds semen, which is counterintuitive for a pungent bitter.
- Turmeric reduces fevers, diarrhea, urinary disorders, insanity, poisoning, cough, and lactation problems in general.
- Turmeric is used to treat external ulcers that respond to nothing else. Turmeric decreases Kapha and so is used to remove mucus in the throat, watery discharges in the eyes, ears, or in wounds, etc.
- In Ayurvedic cooking, turmeric is everywhere, this multifaceted wonder spice helps
- Detoxify the liver
- Balance cholesterol levels
- Fight allergies
- Stimulate digestion
- Boost immunity
- Enhance the complexion
It is also an antioxidant Ayurveda recognizes turmeric as a heating spice, contributing bitter, pungent and astringent tastes.
Turmeric Remedies for specific diseases
Every day take a dose of 1 tsp of turmeric juice.
Boil 1 cup of milk with 1 tsp of turmeric powder. Drink warm.
Mix 1 tsp of turmeric with 1 tsp of aloe gel and apply to the burnt area.
Recent scientific research confirms that turmeric can cure a host of diseases, they also found that turmeric restrains the growth of various types of cancer. Turmeric is used for the treatment of skin cancer or precancerous skin conditions. Both topical and internal uses are beneficial.
Mix 1 tbsp of crushed, raw turmeric in 1/3 cup of water. Boil and sieve. 2–3 drops of this mixture may be used in each eye up to 3 times per day.
Apply a paste of turmeric on the skin before bed, and wash off after a few minutes. In the morning, remove any remaining yellow tinge with a paste of chickpea flour (besan) and oil.
Mix 1 tsp of turmeric with ½ tsp of salt. Add mustard oil to make a paste. Rub the teeth and gums with this paste twice daily.
½–1 tsp of turmeric should be taken 3 times a day.
Take ½ tsp of turmeric powder or juice in water, 3 times per day.
Turmeric may help relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis because of its ability to reduce pain and disability.
Mix 1 tsp of turmeric and 2 tsp of ginger with water to make a paste. Spread over a cloth, place on the affected area and bandage.
Add 1 tsp of turmeric to 1 cup of warm milk and drink before bed.
Turmeric for Stomach and Intestines
Turmeric treats the whole Gastro-Intestinal system.
In general, turmeric is used for
- Weak Stomachs
- Poor digestion
- To normalize metabolism
- To help digest protein
- To increase the bioavailability of food and the ability of the stomach to withstand digestive acids.
Taking Turmeric will work fine to balance an upset digestion. Just take a small spoonful of Turmeric and stir it in a cup of yogurt right after lunch.
Content courtesy turmeric.co.in
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Turmeric powder has many cuisines and beauty related usages. We have skipped that for the sake of focus. However, if you are still keen and curious, you can know more benefits of Turmeric from 100 Evidence-Based Awesome Health Benefits of Turmeric
The simple way to consume Turmeric daily is to consume it with warm water in the morning and reap the benefits stated above. Watch this Turmeric educational video by Ryan Taylor in English and by Acharya Balakrishna in Hindi.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates.
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