The 15 secrets of Turmeric
by FFE News Staff
Turmeric, the intensely coloured spice that’s commonly used in curries, is praised because of its rich pigmentation. Its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties also mean turmeric has many health benefits, helping protect and repair cell damage.
But turmeric has many other magical applications. Here are 15 of them you can try at home:
Brightens teeth. Turmeric can stain the enamel of the teeth when left there for a long time. But it can also whiten teeth with its natural properties. You can sprinkle some into your toothpaste and brush normally.
Enhances foundation. In India it is common practice to use turmeric in face creams and scrubs. Adding a pinch to tinted moisturisers can give the skin a radiant glow.
Leaves skin glowing. Turmeric can give the skin plenty of benefits. Mix several teaspoons in homemade soap.
Leaves scalp healthy. Olive oil and turmeric mix can keep dandruff away. Massage the mixture on your scalp and let it sit for 15 minutes. Apply shampoo afterward.
Creates temporary tattoos. Henna, a traditional tattoo ingredient, is enhanced by the golden shade of turmeric.
Treats sprains. A paste made of one part salt and two parts turmeric in water can reduce sprain swells.
Soothes tummy aches. Upset stomachs can be relieved by taking 500mg of turmeric four times a day.
Eases arthritis. 500mg of turmeric twice daily can be used to soothe aches brought about by arthritis.
Keeps liver healthy. Curcumin, an ingredient in turmeric, helps delay liver damage that leads to cirrhosis.
Prevents skin cancer. Certain forms of skin melanoma and cancers can be impeded by the curcumin in turmeric.
Battles other kinds of cancer. Curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth and spread. Research has also discovered that this active ingredient can kill cancer cells.
Minimises symptoms of Alzheimer’s. A clinical trial found out that Alzheimer’s-associated brain plaque in mice was decreased by turmeric by 30%.
Makes a healthy longevity tea. The people of Okinawa, Japan, who were found to have the world’s longest average lifespan, drink turmeric tea daily. To make tea, mix one teaspoon of ground turmeric in four cups of boiling water. Let it simmer for 10 minutes then strain. Add honey or ginger to improve the taste.
Makes meat safer to eat. Research revealed that adding turmeric to meat can reduce the meat’s heterocyclic amines (HCA) content by 40%. HCA consumption is linked to higher risk of cancer.
Creates a unique cake. Add turmeric to your cakes similar to the Lebanese dessert sfoof, a not-to-sweet dessert with an earthy taste.