There are numerous benefits of using spices in food, and turmeric is one of the most effective spices you can add to your diet – working as a natural supplement to benefit your health.
What is turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice from the ginger family. It is native to southwest India. When not used fresh, the rhizomes (roots) are boiled for around 30-35 minutes and then dried in hot ovens before being grounded into a yellow-orange powder.
You will typically find turmeric being used as a spice in Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani cuisine, and in curries for dyeing. An active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which gives the spice its earthy, mustardy smell and slightly hot, peppery flavour. You will find turmeric in a range of our tasty snacks. Below, we’ve listed a handful of health benefits of adding turmeric to your diet.
Know best as the spice that gives curry its yellow colour, turmeric has been used as both a spice and medicinal herb in India for thousands of years.
Turmeric contains different compounds with medicinal properties, which are called curcuminoids. The most important curcuminoid in turmeric is curcumin, which acts as a brilliant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant (even though the curcumin content of turmeric is actually relatively small, at around 3%).
Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory
Curcumin, which is found in turmeric, helps to fight harmful bacteria and also helps in repairing any damage. This means that turmeric could could be the perfect cure if you’re feeling a little under the weather.
Early studies have indicated that curcumin, which is found in turmeric, has powerful antioxidant properties and may help in preventing different types of cancer, including prostate, skin and colon. It does this by fighting free radicals, which can cause disease.
Indigestion and heartburn aid
If you suffer with indigestion or heartburn, turmeric may be exactly what you need. Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to make bile, which may help with digestion. It may also help to settle an upset stomach and improve bloating.
Heart disease prevention
Early studies have suggested that curcumin helps to break down the plaque that causes heart disease, so by adding more turmeric to your diet you could be preventing the development of heart problems.
It is important to keep in mind that much of the study carried out on turmeric and its properties is in very early development. Turmeric should not be thought of as a magic cure, but hopefully an aid to better health.
In addition to consuming turmeric when snacking on Gourmosa’s tasty products, you can add turmeric to your diet by eating traditional curry dishes, or by sprinkling it on vegetables. It can be enjoyed both raw and cooked.
Turmeric adds depth to a wide range of foods, so be sure to try out different combinations until you find one you love!