Ingredient Highlight: Turmeric
In a previous blog we talked about Ginger, a spice that can be found in kitchens all over the world and valued all over the world for its health benefits! This week we are bringing another sub-continental favourite, Turmeric! These spices may be common and easy to find, however their versatility, unique flavour, and aroma are unmatched. Furthermore, the bright hue of Turmeric adds a touch of vibrance to any dish you are preparing. Typically, Turmeric is most commonly used in Asian cuisines for its tangy, earthy flavour as well as the deep yellow hue it adds to any dish.
Originating from the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, Turmeric is a spice that thrives in warm and humid climates. It has an earthy, tangy taste and a mustard-like aroma to it.
The spice has a main bioactive compound called Curcumin which is the host of the many benefits Turmeric contains. Curcumin gets its name from the spice itself, because scientifically Turmeric is known as Curcuma Longa. Curcuma Longa is extremely versatile and used as a food colourant, natural flavouring, Ayurvedic medicament, and also a cosmetic ingredient.
Did you know?
The Curcumin content of the rhizome depends on the plant’s origin?
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Boosts brain functioning
Overtime, your brain cells can be subjected to hidden changes that cause their protein levels and result in various disorders. A common example of this is Alzheimer’s disease that decreases brain functioning, disrupts memory, and the ability to think. Curcumin hunts through the plaque growth around these proteins and destroys them, building a protective barrier against damage.
Could provide protection against heart disease
A study once showed that Curcumin improves the functioning of Endothelial cells. These cells are actually thin barriers that keep the blood vessels intact, promising regulated blood pressure levels. Low or decreased functioning of Endothelial cells can quite possibly increase the risk of heart diseases.
A potent natural anti-inflammatory agent
Yes, Turmeric contains an immense amount of anti-inflammatory properties. Surprisingly our body needs a little bit of inflammation to help protect ourselves from the damage caused by bacteria and viruses, however too much of it can actually result in chronic diseases like arthritis or heart conditions and that’s where Curcumin takes the spotlight once again. The bioactive compound puts up a barrier against inflammation where it stops the additional molecules from forming.
A natural antidepressant
Usually low levels of Brain-derived Neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a reason for Alzheimer’s Disease. But, were you aware that it can also result in depression in some cases? Since Turmeric is able to boost the protein’s levels it shows us its potential as an antidepressant. Once a study concluded that it can be effective as prescribed antidepressants or if not better!
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