Turmeric The Powerful Golden Root Spice.

Are you looking for alternatives to salt? Use herbs and spices. Turmeric is a root spice. It is an anti-inflammatory agent that helps with weight loss and stomach disorders, help increase the body's metabolism, reduce the risk of cancer, improve kidney function and reduce the effects of arthritis.

Turmeric is a flowering plant, with its rhizomes growing horizontally below the ground. It is golden yellow and similar in looks to the ginger and light orange on the inside. In many grocery stores, they come in powdered form to add to your sauces, stews, drinks or gravies.                                                                                                                                       Turmeric has been known to man for thousands of years. It was used in food and as a colouring agent. Popular in Asia, East and Northern Africa. Although fresh is always better, they are not easy to find, as noted above.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Turmeric?

Medical studies have been throwing a spotlight on this very powerful spice as an anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous spice. The main agent is curcumin an antioxidant that helps alleviates inflammation. According to PubMed, the process of inflammation plays a major role in chronic diseases like Alzheimer's, cardiovascular, pulmonary, autoimmune diseases and cancers. It also helps with weight loss, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and pancreatitis. Curcumin helps in treating and preventing the inflammation that supports these conditions.

Is Turmeric Safe To Take?

Turmeric, in its natural state, when used as a herb in food is safe and non-toxic. However, when used as a supplement, proceed with caution and follow the recommended dose prescribed by your healthcare practitioner.

How Much Turmeric Should You Take?

If using supplements of any kind whether turmeric or anything else, always seek medical advice as to what is safe for your peculiar need, it might not be something you get online. Some active ingredients may work for one person and not the other, So, just because it was okay for a family member or friend does not mean it will be for you. The safest way to take turmeric is still as a herb in your food or drinks.

Does Turmeric Help You Lose Weight?

Turmeric help increases your body's metabolism. Increased metabolism means you burn more calories and that leads to weight loss. Weight gain often leads to inflammation. When turmeric helps you take care of your inflammation, you give your body the chance to respond positively to any healthy weight loss and exercise programme you may choose.

Want regular updates on African cuisines and food recipes? What about unique health information about these foods - what to eat and avoid to keep healthy from the list of African recipes available? 

Fill in the form below to subscribe to our Newsletter - AfricanFoods Weekly?

Worried about spamming? We are too. We will never ever give or pass on your information to anyone else. We will only use your email address to send you your copy of our weekly newsletter. We do have a zero tolerance to spam. We subscribe to a very strict policy on the handling and use of information we gather on this site! We also get paid for affiliate links on this site. See our  privacy policy  for further details. 

Follow us on social media:

Get Our Weekly Newsletter. Subscribe Today. It's FREE.

Subscribe to African Foods Weekly

Get African food recipes, cooking tips, and healthy eating info  delivered to your inbox every week. Simply fill in your email below and click SUBSCRIBE .

(Your information will not be shared)

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.