The amazing health benefits of turmeric include its ability to reduce inflammation, heal wounds, improve skin health, and protect cognitive abilities. Turmeric also helps eliminate depression, alleviate pain, slow the aging process, protect the digestive tract, and prevent cancer.
Closely related to the other members of the ginger family. The herb itself is derived from the rhizome of the plant, which is dried before the useful powdered form can be acquired. The bright yellow color of the turmeric powder is perhaps its most striking characteristic.
Turmeric smells slightly like mustard but has a hot, almost pepper-like bitterness to it that complements a variety of dishes and makes it very popular in soups, sauces, curries, meat dishes, biscuits, rice preparations, and as a general spice flavoring for dozens of other cultural dishes and specialties. Turmeric juice is perhaps the most common form of the herb in medical use, but it can also be mixed into topical salves and creams. The essential oil of turmeric is also a powerful health agent.
Turmeric helps keep your skin healthy in many ways. It keeps pimples at bay by inhibiting the growth of pimple-causing bacteria and reducing the oil secretion by the sebaceous glands. The constant use of turmeric clears acne scars, which makes your skin flawless and glowing. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties accelerate the healing of a cut and soothe skin irritation. Turmeric is filled with antioxidants, fights signs of aging like wrinkles and pigmentation by curbing the growth of free radicals. Turmeric also helps accelerate the metabolism rate and lets your body burn a significant number of calories, leading to weight loss.
One of the most well-known applications of turmeric is as an anti-inflammatory agent. The active ingredients in turmeric are extensive but a particularly crucial compound is curcumin. This substance has received considerable attention in the medical community due to its potent anti-inflammatory abilities. Turmeric is one of the best herbal approaches to the treatment or prevention of various types of cancer. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant agent that has been directly linked to a reduction in colon cancer cells and is also a direct inhibitor of a protein that is essential for tumor growth. This makes turmeric a wonderful addition to any diet as a preventative measure and as a means of slowing metastasis of cancerous growth.
Turmeric is sold at the GreenMarket every Saturday in various forms. We have turmeric as a spice, in its whole form, and as a juice! Visit the GreenMarket to pick up your turmeric this weekend!