Turmeric has a place of honour in the households of India. Long part of our culture, it’s been used in cooking, medicine, and even social and religious functions. Without turmeric, the masala box is considered incomplete.
The rhizome (underground stem) of the turmeric plant is the edible part. Commonly known for the bright yellow it imparts to curries and other dishes, this condiment is also an antiseptic and important ingredient in Ayurveda.
Here are five reasons you need to include turmeric in your diet.
1) Acts as an excellent anti-inflammatory
Studies have proven that turmeric has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
2) Reduces risk of depression
Studies have also shown that the curcumin found in turmeric increases the BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) that helps keep a lot of mental disorders, including depression, at bay.
3) Alleviates hay fever
The curcumin also acts as a natural antihistamine and alleviates allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. The anti-inflammatory properties reduce airway inflammation, thus reducing the risk of hay fever.
4) Aids digestion
Turmeric stimulates the production of bile, which is an important enzyme for digestion. In fact, turmeric supplements are often prescribed to people with digestive problems.
5) Protects the liver
Multiple studies have shown that turmeric protects the liver, improves its detoxifying abilities, and aids in regeneration.
If all of this weren’t enough, turmeric’s subtle spiciness enhances the flavours of any dish, be it a vegetable curry, a rice preparation, or even bread. Try some of these vegan side dishes to ensure sufficient turmeric intake.