What is turmeric? How to use it?

Turmeric is a spice widely used in India and Southeast Asia, where the plant originated, but today it is grown in many other hot and humid regions. It is used for more than four thousand years ago in gastronomy and in medicine for the treatment and alleviation of various diseases. Know much more about turmeric in the following article.

Medicinal properties of turmeric

Turmeric is used to treat numerous ailments. Among their uses, we can highlight the following

For stomach problems

Like other hot spices, turmeric is a good ally for some digestive disorders since It stimulates secretions and helps digestion. It is recommended for people with dyspepsia, lack of appetite, gastritis or slow digestion. This is due to its active ingredients, which help produce more gastric juices and pancreatic, serving in turn to balance the pH in these organs.

To avoid flatulence

This is because turmeric is carminative, helping eliminate gases staying in the intestine. It is advisable to avoid intestinal cramps and flatulence, also for stomach weakness.


To treat liver problems

Turmeric is an excellent tonic bile protecting liver functions. This is by curcumin (compound gives it its characteristic yellow orange).

Also has other very good for this body substances, It helps remove stones in the gallbladder, is anti-inflammatory, it helps in liver drainage and is effective to better digest large meals. It is recommended in patients with cirrhosis, jaundice, liver and gallbladder disorders.

To treat some cancers

Research shows that turmeric contains ten anticancer compounds, serving for cases of breast, duodenum, skin and colon cancer. Helps in treatment and overcome the side effects that have anti-obesity drugs (such as chemotherapy).

For rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome

It is due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is an ally for patients suffering from rheumatism, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist, something very common today by overuse of the keyboard.


To treat depression

For thousands of years, this spice has been used by traditional Chinese medicine to cure and treat depression and other psychological or emotional disorders. Turmeric has many stimulating nervous system components and also it provides good effects on the immune system and moods. also it serves to attenuate the consequences of stress.

To protect the heart

Research has shown that consuming turmeric helps in cardiovascular health. At the same time, It serves to reduce cholesterol and the level of blood triglycerides naturally. Prevents heart attacks.

To boost immunity

This species has the ability to increase the immunomodulatory capacity of the body due to several of their nutrients (such as zinc, copper or polysaccharides). It is good for people with low defenses for reasons of stress or before an exam or important event.

To treat respiratory problems

Turmeric is used in Asia to treat bronchitis naturally, for its anti-inflammatory action. It is suitable for the treatment of COPD, for its antioxidant properties.


To protect the body from free radicals

This yellow spice helps us to eliminate the harmful effects that cause the so-called "free radicals", extracting the body all the negative and what ails us.

For skin problems

Used powder, turmeric It is very good for conditions such as fungus or athlete's foot, also for psoriasis.

How Turmeric is used in gastronomy

The scientific name is Curcuma longa, a perennial plant belonging to the ginger family. It comes from a shrub up to a meter tall with green leaves and yellow and white flowers. Since its intense color, It used as food coloring, such as rice. It is one of the main ingredients of the sauces, stews and other dishes of East, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

curcuma7curcuma7It is known as a saffron present in food of China, Tibet, Indonesia and India. In today's food industry, it is called "E100" serves as a colorant for butters, cheeses, mustards and shakes, always in very small proportions, so hardly distinguishes taste. It is one of the components of curry powder, which gives the strong yellow color.

For any preparation in a pot, the right amount of turmeric is a dessert spoon and it combines well with other spices like pepper or cumin. You can use it for all dishes with rice, pastas, soups, sauces, vegetables, salads, boiled vegetables, etc. It is also used for egg dishes and fish and one of the most popular recipes is chicken curry or fish skewers.

It is an ideal substitute for saffron because turmeric is less expensive, but with a different flavor. With a tablespoon of this spice and mayonnaise you can make a delicious sauce (also with cream).

Contraindications turmeric

curcuma6curcuma6It must consume turmeric in moderate amounts because it tastes very pungent and not everyone likes. But besides this, because it may result in some side effects. It is advised to avoid intake in pregnant women and in people who have serious problems in the gallbladder.

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