Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Get Healthy with Turmeric

Have you ever wondered what gives prepared mustard its bright yellow color? The secret is a little-known spice called turmeric.

A relative of the ginger plant, turmeric originated in India thousands of years ago and quickly spread across Asia and the tropics. Originally grown as a fabric dye, it later became popular as a food condiment and cosmetic additive. It is highly revered in India as a symbol of fertility, prosperity, and good luck.

Turmeric is widely used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine to season dishes and add color to food. It is a primary ingredient in curry powder.

Traditional Indian folk medicine, called Ayurveda, has employed turmeric in a variety of ways to treat asthma, coughs, anemia, wounds, acne, diabetes, and dental problems. It has been used to stimulate the digestion, boost the immune system, promote fertility, and retard aging.

Western scientific research has confirmed the spice's anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, anti-ulcer, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is currently being investigated for use as an anti-cancer agent and liver protectant.

This wonderful little spice can be added to just about any food dish. Next time you cook a meal, try it!

Turmeric milk is a delicious and wholesome drink that can be taken at bedtime to promote improved sleep.

Just add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric to one cup of milk. Stir well, and bring to a boil. Let it cool and drink. Goat, soy, or rice milk may be substituted for cow's milk.

Turmeric has also been used as an effective tonic to cleanse the skin and add a healthy golden glow to the complexion.

It can be found in the spice section at most grocery stores.

Dawn Pisturino
February 14, 2007
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NOTE: If you're allergic to prepared mustard, you might be allergic to turmeric.

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