TURMERIC (Curcuma longa-Zingiberaceae)
All of us aware about this spice which is frequently used in our daily food. Are we conscious of the benefits of Turmeric? Since the era of Vedas, it is used as an ailment for many diseases. Turmeric is used in powder form and can be used topically and orally. Turmeric is an underground rhizome, yellowish in color.
Here are some benefits of Turmeric-
Major chemical constituents are:
- Eugenol Camphene
Anticancerous property– A study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention found that a dose-dependent administration of Curcumin efficiently activated degeneration of liver cancer cells.
Because Turmeric has antibacterial activity so the Daily use of turmeric prevents the liver to be damaged by bacteria and virus. One pinch of turmeric with water or milk can give you these benefits. Turmeric detoxifies the liver and balances cholesterol level.
Role in Digestion-Turmeric also has appetizer property. It works as astringent also. It relieves the blowing the gas into the stomach and relieves spasm.
Cosmetic use- Turmeric is applied topically to bacteria, virus and ultraviolet radiation. It is used to treat dry skin, to prevent acne and to heal the skin. In India, bribes rub turmeric on their skin to give a beautiful look. Turmeric reduces hair growth on the skin. It also removes wrinkles.
Relieves Arthritis- Turmeric has anti-inflammatory property. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric are for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Also, turmeric’s antioxidant property destroys free radicals in the body that damage body cells. It has been found that those who have rheumatoid arthritis and who consume turmeric on a regular basis experience much relief from joint pain as well as joint inflammation.
Healing of Wounds- Turmeric has antibacterial and antiseptic property. It can be applied at the wound site to speed up healing. Turmeric has the property to heal the skin and repairing the tissue. It can be used to treat inflammatory disorders of the skin.
To Lose Weight- Components present in turmeric increases the secretion of bile which has a vital role in the degradation of the fat. Bile is fundamental in nature and has the property to degrade the fat present in food. Thus, it also controls cholesterol level.