Since I want this blog to be educational as well as filled with mouth-watering recipes, I think I'll do a spotlight each Saturday on a spice (or herb, perhaps) that has great nutritional value or is used as a home remedy. Today my spice of choice is...drum roll....
I got turned onto how awesome turmeric was this summer, which is when I was lucky enough to gain a lot of knowledge on Ayurveda and its use of spices in cooking to remedy health concerns. Turmeric is used for a whole slew of reasons, some of them being:
- It's anti-inflammatory, which means it can be used for helping soothe arthritis pain -- and, studies have shown that turmeric is on par with prescription-strength pills your doctor may give you.
- Turmeric can be applied as a salve to help relieve pain from cuts. It also is antibiotic, so it will help prevent infection.
- Since it has antibiotic properties, it can also be used to relieve cold and flu symptoms.
- Worried you've been drinking too much? Season your food with turmeric -- it helps to repair your liver!
- I've been reading a lot of research that says turmeric is being used successfully in cancer treatment, especially for uterine, skin, breast, and colon cancer. Some information further information on that can be found here, at the American Cancer Society.
- Turmeric is an anti-oxidants, which means it helps prevent free radical damage.
- I've also read research about turmeric removing the plaque buildup in the brain that causes Alzheimer's Disease. Here's an article about it from the Brain Research Institute at UCLA.
A bit of a warning -- it's not good for people to have turmeric if they have gallstones or bile obstructions. Also, if you're pregnant, consult your doctor before adding anything into your medicinal routine. Also, I'm not a doctor or a professional in anyway -- this is merely just me sharing information. Speak to your doctor if you'd like to use turmeric for any of the reasons above. But, using it as a seasoning is promoted highly by me!