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Turmeric, a plant, a flower, a powder, a much loved ingredient for the intense color that takes us far away with the mind, but also for the characteristic scent. Those who know its properties, can only consider it useful, those who are unaware of it, do not know what has been lost and it is better that you learn how and when use this rich spice of beneficial properties for health.
Turmeric: plant and flower
As a plant it is known by the name of C. Longa, it belongs to the Zingiberaceae family just like ginger and cardamom and is often renamed kurkum, "Indian saffron" or "poor man's saffron". This is partly due to the fact that it is a spontaneous perennial plant and that it does not struggle to grow up to one meter in height.
Adorned with large, well-green daughters, the Turmeric plant produces large yellow flowers while its root note is cylindrical and orange. The root is the part that interests us most, selfishly, because it has those properties that we seek to get better. It is harvested in autumn but we can buy it around all year round, fresh or dried and ground.
The properties have long been known and come from afar just like this spice which has Chinese origins. It is thought because Marco Polo hypothesizes it when talking about it in his thirteenth-century writings, it is certain that it grows spontaneously both in Asia and in India and Malaysia.
Surprisingly, however, they are the Greeks to have discovered and disseminated its properties by writing a medical book with lots of advice to fight liver problems. In addition to these benefits, for our health C. it seems to be also a good luck charm: on their wedding day Indian women wear a small piece around their neck that accompanies them to the altar. Other less mysterious property but very useful of turmeric is that which has as a dye, as well as a spice for tasty curry dishes.
You don't have a lot of choice, I have to bore you a bit with a list because the benefits associated with it are numerous and keeping quiet about some would be incorrect. It has important properties anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antitumor, if not also antibacterial and antihistamines. It is a good ingredient for digestion and has a neuroprotective effect, purifying and also acts as an antispasmodic. Is something missing from this spice?
For those who care about the line, we specify before sitting at the table, that 100 grams of turmeric contain 354 Kcal, clearly the number must be considered, considering that very little turmeric is used, as always with spices, certainly not to eat at spoonfuls.
To benefit from the properties of this powder, the best way is to cook some good dishes also exploiting it for its flavor and aroma. There are many Indian-inspired recipes, both for drinks and for very rich single dishes, which can then be used to prepare masala, curry and savory recipes based on meat or vegetables, such as the lentil soup with spices called “Dahl”.
For those who do not want to experiment too much but want to use turmeric anyway, there is no shortage of risottos and omelettes with a European flavor but with a touch of Turmeric which enriches and makes you digest better.
Turmeric and honey
If this spice alone is already very powerful, together with the honey it is from natural antibiotic, becomes a very powerful natural antibiotic capable of destroying the most common bacteria and at the same time preventing the diseases of the bad season, increasing the natural defenses of our body. All this without having any negative effects on intestinal microflora, which other less natural antibiotics do.
To prepare a hot turmeric drink it doesn't take much and the benefits you get from sipping it are priceless. Take 2 teaspoons of this spice powder and pour them into boiling water, adding honey and a pinch of lemon juice. The black pepper, then, it improves the absorption of the beneficial properties of turmeric so we can add a pinch and we will get a good remedy for colds.
In addition to the herbal tea, the powder is also used in the kitchen, indeed, it will be essential once you try it. However, there are other ways to take this substance, which can also be purchased in pills and integratorsi, or as a base for an essential oil. If while we decide we want to sip a cup of turmeric tea, a 1 kg package of the powder with which to prepare it is online at 17.55 Euros on Amazon.
Turmeric in tablets
For those who do not like the taste of this spice but love its properties, here are the tablets, on Amazon with less than 30 Euros 180 are bought, a supply for three months or more.
Turmeric: contraindications and side effects
There are no particular contraindications if we take this spice in a reasonable way, of course if we exaggerate we can warn nausea or stomach acidity. We also take care of allergies, checking the active ingredients it contains. In general it is best to avoid using it if you suffer from haemophilic disorders, of calculations or if you are in sweet waiting.
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