Turmeric for centuries has been, and still is, used in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cuisine. To get the famous spice, the roots are boiled for several hours and then dried in large ovens, then crushed until you get an ochre yellow powder that is commonly used in South Asian cuisine and as the main ingredient of curry.

In India, turmeric powder is also one of the ingredients of masala, to which it gives the intense and characteristic yellow color. In addition to many other Indian recipes, turmeric is used in numerous Asian recipes, such as the Nepalese dish called momos (meat dumplings) or the Thai dish called kaeng tai pla (curry with prawns and fish).

You can use it as follows:
> a couple of teaspoons a day as a supplement;
> addition of many foods at the end of cooking;
> added to various types of yogurt or to make a sauce.

Golden Milk (or golden milk) is india's famous turmeric drink: its name obviously derives from the golden color conferred by turmeric to milk in this preparation loved by yogis.

Turmeric can be taken together with black pepper or green tea to facilitate absorption. Even pairing with some fat, such as olive oil or butter facilitates the assimilation of its active ingredients.

Due to its beneficial and healing properties turmeric is traditionally used both in Ayurvedic medicine, and in traditional Chinese medicine, in particular it is used as a natural dietary supplement for the ability to counteract inflammatory processes within the organism.

The plant has always been known for its depurative, choleretic (stimulating the production of bile by the liver) and colagoga (which favors the emptying of the gallbladder, increasing the influx of bile into the duodenum and avoiding the formation of galler stones), is a hepatoprotector, stimulant of the bile tract, antioxidant, blood thinning.

The most important active ingredient is curcumin, which recent studies have shown to have anticancer properties, because turmeric can block the action of an enzyme held responsible for the development of different types of cancer. This active ingredient also gives turmeric an anti-inflammatory and analgesic action, and for this reason it is effectively used in the treatment of inflammation, joint pain, arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Recognized as a protective of the immune system is also a powerful antioxidant able to counteract the action of free radicals, responsible for the processes of aging and damage to the membranes of the cells that make up our organism.

At the topical level turmeric has a healing action. In India, rhizome is applied to the skin to treat wounds, sunburn, insect bites and skin diseases with truly satisfactory results.

Its name comes from the Persian-Indian language and precisely from the word Kour Koum, which means "saffron"; Turmeric is also known as the Saffron of the Indies. The plant is considered auspicious and a symbol of prosperity and even today in certain areas, young brides on their wedding day dye their hair with the lively yellow powder.

The bright yellow color of rhizomes has also inspired a singular use: for a long time turmeric has been used as a dye in dyeing, even in the West, to color fabrics, paper and more. Indian women, until recently, used turmeric powder as a pigment for maquillage products, taking advantage of its natural eudermal properties in this way.

For proper dietary use of turmeric and turmeric supplements it is good to consult your doctor.


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