Turmeric is something I think a lot of us have been taking for granted all these years, being one of the (although essential!) ingredients in a good curry and other dishes. But there is a lot more to this ancient spice and with more people discovering the major health benefits, turmeric has been trending lately. So today it is our Product Highlight to provide you with more background info before you start adding turmeric to basically all your dishes!
- The turmeric plant was cultivated by the Harappan civilization in 3000 B.C and is an important spice grown in India. Turmeric is part of the Zingiberaceae family of root herbs, with its scientific name Curcuma longa, which explains why in the Netherlands we call it Kurkuma
- The key to turmeric’s healing power is the chemical compound Curcumin, which is among the most potent anti-inflammatory agents in the world and the ability to lower cholesterol levels. It is also full of many healthy nutrients such as fiber, Vitamin B6, C, E, K, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc
- Feeling blue? By taking turmeric, you can improve the oxygen intake of the brain, which helps brain functions and processes. Not surprisingly, when your brain functions at its best, you increase the uptake of seratonin and melatonin, which lifts your mood! It’s even said that adding turmeric to your diet is even more effective than Prozac!
- Turmeric has many healing properties for your skin. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory, which may help reduce redness. It’s also antibacterial and functions as an exfoliant, which get rids of blemishes and acne and improves skin texture
- This spice contains a substance known as Lipopolysaccharide, which helps strengthen your immune system, decreasing the chances of those nasty flu and coughs. Great opportunity to treat yourself to our Turmeric Latte!