Tumeric due to its yellow colour has been used since ages for skin beautification and it is also used for culinary. It can be used for easy beautification of the skin. Turmeric is usually called Indian saffron or the golden spice and is a tall plant that grows in Asia and Central America. It is a popular spice that is sold in Nigeria markets and small outlets due to its wonder health benefits that it gives to the body when taken in.
Tumeric can be confused with ginger because they belong to the same family, they are both root rhizomes. It is a major ingredient in curry powder responsible for the bright yellow color of the powder. The Yoruba people call it Atele pupa while the Hausas call it gangamau.
Tumeric is packed full with a lot of nutrients which makes it highly beneficial to our health. According to the National Nutrient Database of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one tablespoon (tbsp) of turmeric powder contains:
- Calories: 29 calories (kcal)
- Protein: 0.91 grams (g)
- Fat: 0.31 grams (g)
- Carbohydrates: 6.31 grams (g)
- Fibre: 2.1 g grams (g)
- Sugar: 0.3 grams (g)
- Manganese: 0.5 milligrams (26 % of Rrquired daily intake, RDI)
- Iron: 2.8 milligrams (16 % of RDI)
- potassium: 170 milligrams (5 % of RDI)
- vitamin C: 1.7 milligrams (3% of RDI)
- Vitamin B6: 0.1 milligrams (6 % RDI)Magnesium: 13 milligrams (3% RDI)
Turmeric also contains a minute amount of vitamin K, vitamin E, copper, niacin, calcium, folate, zinc and phosphorus.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, and it has powerful biological properties. Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional Indian system of treatment, recommends turmeric for a variety of health conditions. These include chronic pain and inflammation. Western medicine has begun to study turmeric as a pain reliever and healing agent.
Keep reading to find out more about the health benefits of turmeric to your body
1. It aids digestion
Beside turmeric adding flavour to food, it can also play an important role in aiding digestion. The spice can contribute to healthy digestion as a result of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and its high fiber content.
Turmeric is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a digestive healing agent. Western medicine has now started studying how turmeric can help with gut inflammation and gut permeability, two measures of digestive efficiency.
The spice is even being used as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which is among the disorders of the digestive system.
2. It can serve as an anti-inflammatory agent
Arthritis is a disease that is usually associated with inflammations. The Arthritis Foundation cites several studies in which turmeric has been used to reduced inflammation. This anti-inflammatory ability might reduce the aggravation that people with arthritis feel in their joints.
The foundation suggests taking capsules of 400 to 600 milligrams (mg) of turmeric up to three times per day for inflammation relief. Being consistent with its use with make you to experience the relieve.
3. It is used for scalp conditions
Turmeric can be proven to heal dermatitis and eczema due to its antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antioxidant, antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Make a mask with 15 grams of turmeric powder and 30 grams of yogurt. Apply on scalp, leave on for 20 minutes and wash off with a mild shampoo.
4. It can be used to relieve pain
Tumeric can be used to relieve pain when used appropriately. A lot of people, including doctors have given their own anecdotal experience with turmeric as a pain reliever. The spice is reputed to relieve arthritis pain as well. There are cases where tumeric have given the same effect as orthodox medicines such as ibuprofen in people with arthritis in their knees.
5. It can be used to remove Fine Line and Wrinkles.
As a natural exfoliating agent, turmeric reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is an anti aging agent. It helps you get rid of the skin tan caused by the harsh sunlight.
6. It improves liver function
Turmeric has been getting attention recently because of its effective antioxidant abilities. The antioxidant effect of turmeric appears to be so powerful that it may stop your liver from being damaged by toxins. This could be good news for people who take strong drugs for diabetes or other health conditions that might hurt their liver with long-term use.
7. It fights nail Infection.
Turmeric is a wonder product that is immensely antiseptic and antibacterial in nature. Thus, it kills infection in nails.Make a thick paste of turmeric powder and milk. Apply on affected nail/s, let dry and wash off with lukewarm water.
Moderate consumption of tumeric is essential because it can cause abdominal upset in some people based on its ability to increase gastric secretion, it can thin your blood,people who take blood-thinning drugs like warfarin (Coumadin) should avoid consuming large doses of turmeric.
It appears that there are health benefits to including turmeric in your diet. The golden spice supports immune health, helps relieve pain, and can aid in digestion, among other things.