Turmeric is a root plant of the ginger family. It’s native to Southeast Asia, and the Western world has only recently been introduced to all of its benefits.
The plant is one of the main ingredients in plenty of Asian dishes, and it is believed that turmeric is one of the elements in famous Asian longevity. It has a mustard, earthy aroma, and it is slightly bitter. Turmeric is mostly used in savory dishes, but there are also some sweet ones that require turmeric as their main ingredient.
It grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia, where it’s collected for use in traditional medicine by the Indian people in the region. They have been using turmeric for hundreds of years, mostly to treat conditions such as:
- Throat infections
- Skin sores and wounds
- Liver issues
Turmeric also has a major role in cultural rituals in this region. In Eastern India, it is used in combination with banana, taro leaves, barley, pomegranate, and wood apple in the ceremonies of worship. It is believed to ward off evil spirits and bring happiness and prosperity.
In the west, turmeric has been associated with many issues, ranging from inflammation to cancer. It is important to note that there are no clinical trials proving the effectiveness of turmeric on these issues. However, millions of people swear by it and recommend it to their friends and family with similar issues.
Why does turmeric work?
The active ingredient in turmeric, circumin, is what gives it its healing abilities, some of which are:
- Turmeric helps with diabetes, as it helps regulate insulin in the body
- Turmeric can help with joint pain and arthritis
- Turmeric helps with chronic inflammation
- Turmeric sooths pain, due to its high content of antioxidants
- Turmeric aids heart health, and is highly recommended for use in those suffering from heart disease
- Turmeric reduces arterial build up, and it can prevent heart attack
- Turmeric is speculated to be one of the strongest cancer fighting elements out there
How to make and consume turmeric water:
- ½ teaspoon of turmeric
- ½ lemon
- Organic honey to taste
- Some water
Making turmeric water:
Mix all of the ingredients together. You should add enough water to make the drink as thick as you like. If you prefer thinner drinks, just add more water.
Consume the turmeric water every morning in order to reap the benefits listed above. You will notice improvements in your condition and daily energy levels in a matter of days.