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Turmeric and its research-proven medicinal properties.

Turmeric is a condiment from the same family as ginger, with similar properties and shape. It has characteristic, pronounced taste, aroma resembling saffron, and beautiful, intense, golden orange colour. Active substance responsible for the colour and peculiar properties is curcumin. It is a strong and effective antioxidant inhibiting inflammation processes, which are known to be closely related to carcinogenesis. Chronic inflammation treatment is a neoplastic diseases treatment, since as research has proven (published in 2011 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences magazine), even 25% of all neoplastic diseases is caused by chronic inflammation. In scientific research on neoplastic diseases treatment, curcumin extracts are used more and more often.

 

 

 

Turmeric’s fame started ages ago. It was brought to Europe from Asia, where it was regarded as panacea for most ailments.

When talking about his journey to China, Marco Polo mentioned an amazing plant resembling saffron. Doctor and alchemist Paracelsus recommended it for liver problems. Turmeric is used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for digestive problems, headaches, menstrual pain, diarrhoea, fever, and inflammation, among others.

Turmeric is called a longevity condiment. It is one of the favourite condiments on Japan island Okinawa, famous for very long lifespans of its inhabitants.

Incorporating turmeric in our diet, we consume yellow colouring called curcumin – a strong antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals, created as a result of physical and mental exertion, as well as long period of stress.

 

Other worth knowing medicinal properties of turmeric

 

 

 

  • Destroys free radicals, which increase cells aging rate, thus protecting DNA from mutations, which stimulate cancerous cells creation.
  • Has very strong anti-viral, antibacterial, and antioxidant influence (comparable to antioxidant properties of vitamins E and C), thus preventing breast and colorectal cancer.
  • Improves pancreas and liver functioning, and removes gall stones. Turmeric, milk thistle, and common dandelion tea drank thrice a day for a month removes toxins from the liver.
  • Protects mucosa of the digestive system and intestines.
  • Has comparable to hydrocortisone pain killing and anti-inflammatory properties, used in treatment of numerous diseases, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, pancreatitis, sclerosis, hypercholesterolemia, inflammatory bowel disease, and even prostate cancer.
  • Reduces uterine fibroids and alleviates menstruation pain.
  • Quickens the process of wounds healing – Indians sprinkle wounds with it to make healing faster.
  • Works against cold sores – just mix a sprinkle of turmeric with a bit of honey and put it on the sore.
  • Decreases risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Alleviates depression symptoms.
  • Regulates blood sugar level, thus preventing diabetes.
  • Helps in triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LDL) removal by stopping its absorption in the intestines and decreasing its level in the blood.

 

Turmeric is also used in aesthetic nutrition and cosmetology

 

 

  •  Is used in herbal mixes for appetite reduction helping with body weight loss.
  • Stimulates metabolism, quickens digestion, and prevents forming of fat tissue.
  • Is used in fruit and vegetables smoothies to speed up toxins removal, thus supporting body cleanse process.
  • Is used as an ingredient of cleansing, lightening and evening skin tone, and anti-wrinkle face masks.
  • Supports cellulite reduction.
  • Restores the pH of head skin and thus helps to get rid of dandruff.
  • Makes hair stronger and shinier.

Turmeric is mostly associated with Indian cuisine and curry. It’s a perfect addition to meals rich in protein, since it stimuates protein digestion. Turmeric is one of the ingredients of well-known and well-loved curry mic. Turmeric itself can be used as an addition to fish, rice, salads, beans, lentils, and as a food colouring in pasta and cake, which will get beautiful yellow colour. Curcumin is used also as a food colour (ingredient named E100), to which its beautiful golden hue owes e.g. mustard.

 

Our recipe for extra healthy, creamy smoothie with turmeric

 

 

 

2 cups of coconut milk (or other kind of milk, preferably plant milk)
1 ripe banana (peeled and frozen)
2 persimmon fruits (peeled)
vanilla bean (optional)
2-3 dates or a bit of honey
1 teaspoon of freshly ground turmeric or turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoons of ground ginger

If you don’t have high-speed blender, dice persimmon fruits. Scrape out vanilla bean, put all ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth.

 

Fun facts worth remembering

  • Turmeric consumed together with black pepper (piperine) is even up to 20 times better absorbed then only turmeric. It’s worth remembering, since turmeric is not easily absorbed.
  • Turmeric should be consumed with oil, e.g. flaxseed oil, since it causes its active substances to be absorbed better, and in a short time after the consumption, concentration of turmeric’s metabolites is the highest.
  • OOLONG tea, considered to be a fat destroyer and a great help in weight loss, goes perfectly well with turmeric which adds spicy taste to the drink.

 

Stores of Kuchnie Świata offer high-quality, authentic turmeric in the form of turmeric powder, which makes preparation of meals and desserts much easier.

 

 

TRS turmeric powder in 100g package,

available in stores and through the website of Kuchnie Świata.

 

 

 

Turmeric pieces in KTC grinder in 55g package,

available in stores of Kuchnie Świata.

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Maria turmeric powder in 500g package,

available in stores of Kuchnie Świata.

 

 

 

 

Mida’s Turmeric Powder in 100g package,

available in stores of Kuchnie Świata.

 

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