Turmeric – An Ancient Root as a Superfood

Did you know the new Super Root? Yes, we’re talking about Turmeric. Turmeric has gone from an exceptional spice to a must-have superfood and now enjoys a premium spot in the Spice rack of just about every wellness guru. But aside from giving every food it touches an eminent golden glow, does this unique spice live up to the hype? A quick look at its benefits, and you may find yourself amazed by the benefits of Turmeric. Turmeric, the trendy superfood or super Root, makes food delicious and is mustard yellow. It’s been consumed for thousands of years and is frequently used in Ayurveda medicine.

Haridra (Turmeric) – Harim Varna Drati Shodhayati cha – improves skin complexion and cleanses the skin.

Anti-inflammatory -Chronic inflammation causes and advances many common chronic diseases and various degenerative conditions such as inflammatory bowel diseases, heart disease, and cancer—including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat, etc. Studies have shown that curcumin acts as an anti-inflammatory compound by inhibiting different molecules that play a role in inflammation in your body.

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Turmeric for Diabetes -There are so many herbs useful in diabetes, but nothing is good enough to be compared to Turmeric. In Diabetes, Turmeric is an excellent option both as a preventive and curative agent.

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Metabolic correction and anti-oxidant property of Turmeric -Since Turmeric rectifies the Agni (metabolic fire) by its hot potency and bitter and astringent taste, it cleanses and detoxifies Digestive juice and circulatory nutrition and thus enables free circulation of nutrients to every cell of the body thus restoring the normal body function.

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Regulation of Liver Functions It has a cleansing effect on the intestines and a stimulant effect on the liver. In Ayurveda, it is considered a blood purifier and is used to enhance the condition and appearance of the skin through topical and internal applications.

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How to take Turmeric as a medicine in different seasons?

 For adults, a couple of pinches of Turmeric with a cup of milk, during the afternoon or evening, during summer.

 Take a couple of pinches with black pepper and some honey during the winter and rainy seasons.

How to consume Turmeric daily?

 Turmeric can be one of the spices you use in your daily diet. Add a pinch of turmeric powder over whatever you are eating and enjoy its benefits, or you can cook with Turmeric.

 Pitta-dominant people may sometimes experience increased body heat with turmeric use. They can add a pinch of Turmeric to a cup of milk and have it — the coldness of milk with balance out the excess hotness of Turmeric.

Single-serving Golden Milk

 1 cup of milk

2-3 saffron strands

Pinch cardamom powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

Pinch of ginger powder

Pinch of nutmeg powder

½-1 tsp of organic sugar (optional)

Directions -In a Small Saucepan, warm milk just before it simmers. Whisk in all the spices, and let it boil completely. Once boiling, remove from heat and enjoy warm.

May you be well nourished!

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