Write Up By Gita Ramesh Featured in Prevention Magazine
article ?Natural Healer? detailing the amazing properties of turmeric was
published in the Prevention magazine?s October 2014 issue. Prevention is a health magazine of India Today Group and is
the number one health magazine of India and is amongst the most trusted sources
of health information.
Prevention is largest
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Natural Healer. Gita Ramesh
kitchen staple is a healthful spice. Use it liberally for best results.
A perennial plant of the ginger family, turmeric is
cultivatedacrossthe country. Besides being theirreplaceabledesi spice,
turmeric is a revered member of the Ayurvedic pharmacopeis and of other
alternative medicine streams. This culinary ?medicinal spice has many
therapeutic uses and its key compound curcumin (that gives the yellow colour),
according tomanystudies, isbelievedto destroy cancer cells. Curcumin?s potencylies in its anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmericis used in most vegetarian and non-neg
preparations in powdered form for its peppery, warmflavorand mild aroma. But
thisfavorablecooking aid also does great job of improvingdigestionand
fights bloating too. Itencouragesexcretion of bile through gall bladder which
improves the body?s ability todigestfat. A source of iron,turmericis good for
those withanemia. It keep the blood thin, that in turn helps lower
cholesterol levels. Also beneficial for sore throats, mixing a pinch of turmeric
in milk and having it before bedtime is an effective remedy.
Thanks to its antiseptic properties, turmeric is used externally to
clean wounds and stimulate recovery. It is also effective in treatingsprains.
Anindigenousbeauty aid, this apice, used as a paste for the skin, was the
secret behind many a glowing complexion of royal women in ancient India. A tip:
to reduce dark circles, add turmeric powder to milk cream and apply it to skin
around the eyes. Wash off with cool water after 5 minutes.
GITA RAMESH is Joint MD, Kairali Ayturvedic Group and author of The Ayurvedic Cookbook, Get
Fit in Just Two weeks.
Published on – October 2014