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Of colour, flavour and good health

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 2nd September, 2017 10:03:44 AM
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Of colour, flavour and good health


Turmeric, the traditional ancient spice, is an integral part of Indian cooking. Its roots in fresh or dried form are crushed or grated and its powder used in food and drinks. Their anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties make it nutritional and medicinal too.  It not only adds colour and flavour to food but is also good for health, as it can prevent and cure many diseases.


How turmeric can heal you


Turmeric powder kills insects, germs and bacteria and helps ward off many illnesses.


It is rich in potassium and helps control heart rate and blood pressure and reduces risks of heart attacks.


The root is known to treat many infections, toothache, urinary tract infection, chest pain and bruises.


Studies have shown that raw turmeric helps prevent several forms of cancer, including breast, lung, stomach, liver and colon cancer.


Turmeric can be incorporated in foods to stimulate bile production in the liver and encourage excretion of bile via gall bladder.


It improves digestion, reduces gas and bloating of the stomach.


It also contains liver protecting compounds that help treat liver conditions like hepatitis, jaundice and cirrhosis.


If consumed regularly, raw turmeric may also treat eczema, psoriasis and acne as it is a potent detoxifier.


It is also effective as an oral treatment for scabies and other skin infections.


The raw spice soothes the muscles and reduces menstrual cramping.


It decreases congestion and inflammation from stagnant mucous membranes.