Turmeric, also called turmeric, turmeric, sun root, turmeric or yellow ginger, is one of the so-called medicinal plants, as it is a root that has benefits that can help in the balance of the body or disease. The root, similar in shape to common ginger, belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and is widely used in dishes from the East, especially in India.
In Brazil, it is used in curry seasonings , and even found in cosmetics, perfumes, body oils and medicines. In a 100g portion of turmeric, good amounts of vitamin C , iron, potassium, niacin and phosphorus are found, totaling 354 calories.
Properties of Turmeric
The use of the properties of turmeric (long turmeric) goes back thousands of years through Ayurvedic Medicine , as this medicine arose long before Western science and the manufacture of medicines by chemical processes. Healing through Ayurveda is completely natural, based on food principles such as turmeric.
The main component of turmeric is curcumin, an alkaloid responsible for the yellow color of the root. Its benefits for humans are numerous: it acts as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiasthmatic, anti-infectious, detoxifying and acts as a cancer prevention.
Curcuma in the Treatment of Diseases
Ingestion of curcuma longa favors the proper functioning of the upper digestive system, that is, the stomach and small intestine. It can help to fight infections in these organs. In the liver, it also stimulates the flow of bile and therefore can help with detoxification.
In chronic diseases, such as arthritis, Crohn’s disease, high cholesterol, gastritis and Alzheimer’s, curcumin can serve as an auxiliary treatment, as it is an antioxidant. Bacterial or even fungal infections, such as candidiasis , can also benefit from the use of food, with its antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Already for its recognized antioxidant properties and to combat premature aging, turmeric is used in cosmetics or skin remedies. It strengthens fibroblasts , which are the components of the skin that provide firmness and cellular maintenance.
Studies in this regard show that curcumin increases the production of the HO-1 enzyme and other natural antioxidant enzymes, which protect fibroblasts from oxidative stress, such as ultraviolet radiation, chemical stress, exercise, etc. Thus, turmeric stimulates cell maintenance and repair systems (MARS) and decreases free radicals. This same effect ends up preventing or destroying cancer cells, preventing the formation of tumors and metastasis .
How to Consume Turmeric
The root is widely marketed as turmeric powder. In this case, the recommended for medical use is the use of at least one teaspoon per day , approximately 5g. In the case of acquiring the fresh root, such as ginger, you can use one or two slices a day.
The slices can be used to prepare teas, juices, or grated on the salad . In powder, turmeric is a spice that can be used to taste in the preparation of cakes, breads, soups, omelets, cookies, tapioca, cooked meats, beans, vegetables, among other options. It is not recommended to eat the seasoning powder dry, as there is a greater risk of choking. It can be mixed in any liquid, even in juices, and also in sauces or oils.
Turmeric in Cooking
Saffron forms a perfect combination with black pepper, which increases its absorption (bioavailability). Therefore, curry seasonings are basically made from turmeric and pepper. Saffron is aromatic and spicy, slightly bitter .
In addition to spices, turmeric powder is used to color dishes and drinks , giving an orange color. The leaves of the same plant can also be used in cooking. Its smell is similar to that of green mango, and it can serve as a natural flavoring, or it can also be used to wrap dumplings and meats, such as baked fish.
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