Going through my recipes you might have noticed that I adore turmeric. I hate the stains it gives, but I love the benefits of turmeric. I use it cold or in warm dishes, in smoothies or juices. Basically, whenever I can I will add turmeric. But why is turmeric so amazing?
Turmeric is a super natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant spice. So many abstracts attest to the great qualities of this yellow root.
Some of the turmeric benefits are
Curcumin is turmeric’s star anti-inflammatory ingredient. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric has been proven, but investigations are still underway.
Natural Beauty Treatment
You can use a turmeric face mask as a natural beauty treatment. For centuries, turmeric has been used in Asia as a natural beauty aid as it’s believed to treat acne, rosacea, eczema, dark circles under the eyes, wrinkles, scarring – even the removal of those pesky sun spots.
Whiten Your Teeth
If you were interested in my oil pulling story, you are probably one of many that wouldn’t mind having whiter teeth. I hope you’re not one of the many who use chemical-laden teeth whiteners. It’s time to ditch those unnatural, bleached out whitening strips and turn to nature instead.
Turmeric for Hair Growth
As I mentioned in my article on how to grow hair fast, food is the key to grow healthier hair. However, amazingly enough, turmeric has been known to aid in the healthy growth of hair. If you’ve been experiencing hair loss, you’ll definitely want to examine your diet, hormones, stress, and sleeping patterns.
As an antioxidant, this “holy powder” (as it is called in India) can strengthen the immune system and health. The moment you start feeling flu so what, so do a nice cup of turmeric tea.
Fights cold and flu
Turmeric is an antioxidant and has been used for centuries in India to fight fevers, colds and flu.
The downside to this all? There is still a lot of research going on and the absorption is difficult (even combined with black pepper). Nevertheless, the research looks very promising.
Are you using turmeric?
some from many sources:
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