Turmeric is a flowering plant (c urcuma longa) belonging to the ginger family, what we popularly consume as turmeric is actually the roots of this plant. It is a native of the tropical regions of South Asia and Southeast Asia.
Turmeric, the well-known deep orange-yellow spice, is then dried, and powdered form, of the roots although they can also be used fresh for a lot of applications. It has a warm, bitter, black pepper-like flavor and earthy, mustard-like aroma. It is primarily used in various Asian cuisines, especially curries and in dyeing. It has also been used since ancient times in various traditional medicines, such as Ayurvedic, TCM, and Unani Medicine, although the USFDA does not recognize any scientific basis to it being used as the treatment for any diseases.
Turmeric is used extensively all over Asia from the Far East to the Middle East, and many parts of Africa as a spice, although nowadays it's used in all parts of the world. In many parts of India, apart from the usual application in savory foods, it is also used to tint many sweet dishes. It is used in many fish curries and one of the primary reasons for that is that it successfully masks the fishy odors. When used in curry powders, it is usually one of the main ingredients, providing the associated yellow color with chili powder providing the redness. Turmeric is almost always used in its ground powdery form. The powder will maintain its coloring properties indefinitely, although the flavor will definitely diminish over time. You can also buy dried turmeric and grind them into powder yourself in a coffee/spice grinder if you always want the best flavor. It must be stored in airtight containers in a dry environment and out of sunlight.
Turmeric is known to have chemicals with very beneficial properties, although their relative amounts are not high enough for scientists to conclude the use of turmeric itself as a medicine. Turmeric contains curcumin which has been scientifically proven to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high and simply using turmeric as a spice in your foods will not give one an effective dose. To experience the full effects, it needs to be taken as a supplement that contains significant amounts of curcumin. Additionally, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin. A good quality supplement should already contain piperine, substantially increasing its effectiveness. Curcumin is also fat-soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal. The FDA and scientific bodies do not suggest the use of turmeric as a form of medicine. Having said that, turmeric has been used for centuries in various folk and traditional medicine, especially in Ayurvedic. If you would like to read further on the scientific benefits of turmeric, please see this scientific paper.
The alleged anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric have made its use popular in topical use for skin diseases. It is said to reduce redness from blemishes and calm skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. Turmeric is best for acne as it proves to be a natural antiseptic and it helps to keep bacteria from spreading. Although highly controversial, turmeric has been used for centuries to lighten the skin tone and improve its glow and brightness. One can mix small amounts of Greek Yogurt, honey, and turmeric together and apply to your face, keep the mask on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with water.
It is primarily known as the golden spice due to major properties that it contains and the various functions it performs in various areas.
One of the ways you can combine the use of turmeric's culinary and medicinal use that's quite a low effort for those of you who are not used to using turmeric is by making Turmeric Milk also known as Golden Milk.
Also known as haldi doodh, golden milk is touted for its healing, anti-inflammatory properties largely thanks to curcumin found in turmeric.
Although the turmeric gets most of the spotlight, the other spices in golden milk are also health-promoting! Both ginger and cinnamon are known for their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits.
NY Spice Shop Golden Milk Powder is the perfect combination of Organic Turmeric, Ginger, Black Pepper, Nutmeg, & Green Cardamom without any artificial flavorings. The key ingredient in golden milk powder is turmeric, a yellow spice popular in Asian cuisine, which gives curry its yellow color. So this turmeric, Cinnamon, Ginger, Black Pepper, Nutmeg, & Green Cardamom.
HOW TO MAKE GOLDEN MILK:
1 tsp NY Spice Shop Golden Milk
Enjoy The Benefits of turmeric and natural spices, in our very own blend of Golden Milk as a health-boosting drink.
BENEFITS OF GOLDEN MILK:
Makes 2 servings.
** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.…. U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
*Benefits claimed are not evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult a licensed health professional before deciding to use this or any health regimen.
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