Turmeric: The Most Versatile Spice Ever

The indigenous Indian spice, turmeric, is now catching the fancy of people around the world. The botanical name of turmeric is .curcuma longa.. In fact, the dried root of this plant is turmeric. Popularly known to the western world throughout history as the .Indian saffron. due to its color and inimitable smell, it is widely used as a cheaper substitute of saffron. Turmeric, incidentally, is part of the ginger family.

Turmeric is widely cultivated in India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Burma, and Taiwan and throughout Africa. Distinguished by its bright yellow color, turmeric is an integral part of various Indian dishes. It is used preparation of pulses, vegetarian dishes, non-vegetarian dishes, fish, baked products, ice-cream, dairy products, cereals, sweets, sauces etc.

Turmeric is known to have curative properties according to the Ayurveda. In India, people use turmeric as a ready .natural. antiseptic for cuts and burns. It has the unique potential to stop bleeding in seconds. Turmeric also contains fluoride which is essential for the teeth. It is widely used as an antibacterial agent. People consume turmeric for curing digestive related problems and appetite loss. One does not have to elaborate how important turmeric is as a vital ingredient for fairness and beauty creams.

Americans who are now familiar with active use of turmeric in Indian curry are mostly unaware of the healing properties of turmeric. Turmeric is known to aid digestion, protect the liver, prevent heart diseases, and prevent ulcers and various types of cancers. An international research organization in China has stated that turmeric stimulates the bile flow and helps digest fats. People who are addicted to alcohol or prescription drugs can face the risk of liver damage. But turmeric can prevent such a problem.

Due to antibacterial properties of turmeric, it can delay food spoilage. Tests in laboratories have shown that turmeric can be effective against protozoa-microbes which make it very useful against treating problems like dysentery and diarrhea. If you think that there seems to be no end to the medicinal properties that turmeric bestows, you are right. According to a recent report, turmeric can be very effective in fighting cancers that are a huge risk among smokes. According to the study, smokers. urine has mutagens or substances that cause genetic mutations. These mutagens are known to be carcinogenic (cancer-causing) in nature. One and a half grams of turmeric consumed everyday in the diet of smokers were found to reduce urinary mutagens significantly.

Turmeric paste forms a prominent part of Indian culture. It is applied as a paste on the face, neck, hands and legs of the bride and groom before marriages in some states of India. There is a traditional belief which subscribes to the theory that milk along with turmeric makes the bones strong. Turmeric.s skin glowing properties and the ability to keep the skin clean and germ-free make it quite an attractive component in one.s beautifying regime in India and certain Asian cultures. Incidentally Erode, a town in southern part of India is the most important trading center for turmeric is Asia and the entire world.