Turmeric is one of the spices that give curry, a popular Indian food in Virginia and other areas, its yellowish hue. It has been used in India not only as a spice but also as a medicinal herb.
According to research, turmeric does have compounds (called curcuminoids) with a lot of medicinal properties. Curcuminoids contain curcumin, which is the main active ingredient of turmeric. Curcumin is a strong antioxidant and has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals, and anti-inflammatory compounds can help prevent chronic inflammation, which is what causes a variety of common Western diseases. Because of these properties, turmeric has been used to treat or ease the symptoms of different conditions.
Turmeric has also been used for relieving or alleviating pain, hay fever, high cholesterol, itchiness, stress, osteoarthritis, and even the symptoms of depression. However, it should not be used for treating stomach ulcers and skin damage due to radiation therapy. Also, the evidence that proves its effectiveness when it comes to dealing with age-related memory decline, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, some cancers, diabetes, indigestion, gum disease, and many other conditions is still insufficient.
Taking turmeric as an oral medication may help, but it is important to know that eating some food rich in turmeric in an Indian restaurant in Leesburg, Virginia or other areas will not automatically cure you of whatever condition you might have. Of course, you have to get your doctor’s advice regarding the intake of turmeric for medicinal purposes.
However, if you are just craving the warm, bitter taste of this spice, then you do not have to look for a doctor. Come visit us at Bhai Sahab, and you’ll find the flavor of Indian cuisine that you are looking for!