Turmeric: Gold for your health

Turmeric: Gold for your health
The health benefits of turmeric, or haldi as it is called in south Asia, have long been known in this part of the country where the spice is mixed with warm milk and taken as an all-purpose tonic.

In the west, turmeric has become the latest health fad, after kale, chia seeds and moringa. Food blog after food blog are filled with praise for the golden orange spice, waxing eloquent about its benefits. So what is it that turmeric really do?

Reduces inflammation: The most commonly known, and potent of all of turmeric’s benefits is its ability to control or reduce inflammation. Free radicals and inflammation are known to cause many chronic diseases.

Easing joint pain: Taking regular, doctor-approved doses of turmeric are known to ease arthritis symptoms, making pain management easier.

Reduction of high blood pressure: Turmeric greatly increases the ability of blood vessels to repair themselves, aiding in the reduction of hypertension (blood pressure), and reducing the risk of blood clots, strokes and heart disease.

Slowing or halting cancer: Turmeric is anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory which means it is anti-cancer. While the effects of turmeric on the deadly disease are still being studied, its anti-inflammatory effects are understood to help in slowing or even halting cancer growth.

Boosts immunity: Turmeric improves immunity by stabilizing gut microbe, known to cause many infections and chronic diseases.


More benefits of this humble spice are being studied for its positive influence on obesity, cognitive impairment, asthma, allergies and autoimmune diseases. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy a warm cup of doodh-haldi tonight, and bask in the knowledge that you just did your body a huge favor.