Turmeric has been used for centuries in South Asian dishes. It’s a natural source of Curcumin which is what gives turmeric it’s distinctive colour and it’s a member of the ginger family. But did you know that this orange spice is so more than just a tasty ingredient in a curry?
Turmeric also boasts many impressive health-boosting properties for your skin, body and brain. Here are four brilliant benefits to check out…
Perfect for a Face Mask
Turmeric is filled with powerful antioxidants which make it perfect for homemade facials. It helps to exfoliate and relieve skin conditions such as acne and dry skin. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric, honey and tablespoon of gram floor with a tiny splash of milk and mix it into a thick paste. Apply on your face and leave it for 20 minutes, once you wash it off your face will feel super soft.
Fights Colds and Flu
Turmeric’s antibacterial and antiviral properties will help your immune system fight off a cold or flu. Just mix a teaspoon of turmeric with lemon and honey into a cup of boiled water. Stir well and enjoy! It may not taste the best but it works wonders.
Helps Protect Against Cancer
There have been several studies into the benefits of turmeric to prevent and treat cancer. Laboratory studies have shown some promising results including that curcumin does have anticancer effects on cancer cells.
Good for Your Brain
Researchers have found that curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties play a role in Alzheimer’s treatment. It can help reduce damage caused by inflammation and oxidizing agents and it’s good for your overall brain heath in general.
You can buy turmeric as a ground powder in most supermarkets which can be stored in a spice rack or any small container will do. You can also buy fresh turmeric from Asian supermarkets which should be stored in the fridge.