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Uses of Turmeric
Uses of Turmeric

Uses of Turmeric

Turmeric is a product of Curcuma longa, a kind of herb growing throughout year. It belongs to the ginger family of plants. This turmeric plant needs temperatures between 20°C and 30°C and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to grow. The Indian system of holistic medicine known as “Ayurveda” uses mainly plant-based drugs or formulations to treat various ailments, including cancer. Turmeric is a plant that has a very long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4000 years. Because of its brilliant yellow colour, turmeric is also known as “Indian saffron.” Today, turmeric is widely cultivated in the tropics and goes by different names. It is known as terre merite in French and simply as “yellow root” in many languages.

What makes turmeric a part of foodstuff?

Nutritional analysis showed that 100 g of turmeric contains 390 kcal, 10 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol. It has also 69.9 g total carbohydrates, 21 g dietary fiber, 3 g sugars, and 8 g protein, and 47.5 mg iron. Turmeric is also a good source of many vitamins and fatty acids.

What are the uses of turmeric?

Turmeric has been used as a foodstuff, cosmetic, and medicine. It is also used in processed food products such as canned beverages, dairy products, baked products, ice cream, yellow cakes, yogurt, orange juice, biscuits, popcorn, sweets, cake icings, cereals, sauces, and gelatins. It is a significant ingredient in most commercial curry powders. It is used in savoury and sweet dishes, and is widely used in Eastern specialties such as fresh turmeric pickle

What is the health benefits of turmeric?

The main clinical targets of turmeric are the digestive organs. It is used for digestive disorders; to reduce flatus, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, and colic pain. Traditional uses of turmeric include loss of appetite, postprandial feelings of fullness, and liver and gallbladder complaints.

Turmeric is used as an herbal medicine for chronic inflammatory diseases such as chronic obstructive airways disease (COPD), asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis.   Conjunctivitis, skin cancer, small pox, chicken pox, wound healing, urinary tract infections, and liver ailments are also being treated with turmeric.

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What diseases does turmeric cure?

In Ayurvedic practices, turmeric is thought to have many medicinal properties including strengthening the overall energy of the body. Digestive uses like relieving gas, dispelling worms, improving digestion also has a place for turmeric. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, turmeric is used to cleanse wounds and stimulate their recovery by applying it on the wound. Turmeric is currently used in the formulation of several sunscreens.

How much turmeric should you take a day?

The use of turmeric as a spice and as a household remedy has been known to be safe for centuries. The FDA has declared turmeric and its active component curcumin as GRAS (generally regarded as safe). Turmeric is given in doses of 1.5 g/day for 30 days, and this was found to be safe. No side effects of turmeric oil intake were observed in 3 months on body weight, blood pressure, and hematological, renal, or hepatic toxicity

What are the side effects of turmeric?

Till date no toxic effects associated with the use of turmeric has been documented. It is clear that turmeric is not toxic even at very high doses. No side effects of turmeric oil intake were observed in 3 months on body weight, blood pressure, liver or kidney disorders.

What does turmeric do for skin?

Turmeric can help reduce redness from rashes and reduce skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits on skin conditions like acne. It lightens the skin if used for a long time, hence helpful for dark circles. Turmeric is protective against sun and aging.

Can turmeric help you lose weight?

Turmeric helps reduce the risk of cholesterol, triglyceride levels and blood sugar levels that act against the condition.

Regular consumption of turmeric tea helps increase the bile production present in the stomach. It is a digestive juice that helps in emulsifying fat and its metabolism. This process makes this spice a great way to lose weight.

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