Part of the ginger family, turmeric’s botanical name is Curcuma longa. Normally, it is purchased in the form of a golden coloured powder. It has a bitter, earthy flavour, sort of like mustard. Though you will find it used mainly in Indian cuisine, there are many other uses for turmeric besides food consumption. It’s used as a dye for fabric, food colouring, and is even found in certain cosmetics.
There are many, many benefits to including this prized spice into your diet. Though still being tested, these are some of the reasons why you should include turmeric in your diet:
- It is an antioxidant
- Fights inflammation
- May reduce arthritic pain
- Fights diabetes
- Helps boost brain power
- May lower certain types of cancers
- Reduce bloating and gas
I remember reading an article many years ago indicating that there were no known cases of Alzheimer’s disease in India. Research indicated that this was due to the high intake of turmeric in India. I don’t know if this has been verified, but it does make you wonder about the extraordinary wonders of Earth’s resources.
I bet you’re wondering why I’m writing an article about turmeric on a tea blog. Well, turmeric makes a great tisane. It’s very popular right now, and very tasty too. You can easily swing by your favourite café for a turmeric hot beverage, but why not make your own? You’ll find many recipes online that are quick and simple. I’ll share one my recipes in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!