Interesting facts about the turmeric (curcuma)

Interesting facts about the turmeric (curcuma)
Turmeric, also known as curcuma (Curcuma longa), is a plant of the ginger family. The plant is native to South Asia. Under optimal growing conditions, it grows to a height of one meter. Just like the related ginger, the turmeric plant forms rhizomes. In common parlance, the rhizome is also called the root. Botanically, however, it is actually a shoot system without the typical root characteristics. Rhizomes are plant organs that grow underground or close to the ground.
The rhizome of turmeric contains various valuable ingredients. The main active ingredients are curcuminoids and curcumin. Both give the spice its yellow color. Because of its characteristic yellow color, turmeric is also called turmeric, saffron root or yellow ginger. However, the rhizome of turmeric is not only rich in curcuminoid and curcumin, it also contains essential oils.
Dried and ground, turmeric is used as a spice, as a dye and in traditional natural medicine also as a medicine.
Due to the strong yellow color, turmeric is used to color jams, mustard or sweets. In addition, the spice is a main ingredient of curry powder. Curry is a mixture of spices that, in addition to turmeric, also contains spices such as coriander, cumin, cardamom or cayenne pepper.

In traditional medicine, turmeric has played an important role for thousands of years. In Ayurveda, the traditional Indian art of healing, turmeric is one of the heating and pungent foods. Turmeric reduces all three doshas and is considered an energizer. It is said to cleanse the body of harmful substances and thus prevent diseases.
Traditional medicine has also been able to prove the effectiveness of turmeric in various studies. It was shown that the spice can have a positive effect on intestinal polyps. Likewise, studies suggest that the growth of cancer metastases is inhibited by turmeric.
In Western naturopathy, turmeric is considered an important liver and gall bladder remedy. The pigments in turmeric are said to not only have an anti-inflammatory effect, but are also effective against viruses and bacteria. They also have an antioxidant effect. Antioxidants can render free radicals harmless. This protects the organs and tissues of the body. Especially the liver tissue is protected by the curcuminoids. Thus, turmeric has a hepatoprotective and antihepatotoxic effect. The powder from turmeric also soothes an inflamed and / or irritated gastrointestinal tract. The bile function is also stimulated by the active ingredients of turmeric. A tea made from turmeric can therefore relieve discomfort caused by an underactive gall bladder, such as bloating, abdominal pain and flatulence. For a turmeric tea, one teaspoon of dried turmeric root is poured over a cup of hot water. The tea should steep for fifteen minutes and then be drunk in small sips. For digestive problems, two cups of turmeric tea per day are recommended.

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