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Turmeric – The Superfood of Superfoods

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If you have grown up in India, chances are that your grandmother reached for the spice box to solve your health complaints. Scratched your knee while playing cricket? Apply some haldi on it. Have a cough after eating one too many ice creams? Haldi doodh to the rescue!

Of the many spices in our kitchen cabinets, turmeric or haldi has the most superpowers. It can heal us, protect us and help us lead a healthier life. What makes turmeric such an awesome spice? Here are some health benefits of haldi that make this spice a superfood.

Power to fight inflammation

Power to Fight Inflammation

Curcumin, a key part of turmeric, helps in reducing inflammation present[1] in the body. Chronic inflammation caused due to unhealthy diets can contribute to illnesses such as heart disease, obesity, cancer, etc.

Power to promote antioxidant action

Power to Promote Antioxidant Action

Turmeric’s ability to increase antioxidant capacity is extremely beneficial as it helps our bodies fight free radicals. It boosts the immune system and brain function to prevent diseases[1].

Power to improve digestion

Power to Improve Digestion

Ever wonder why do we use copious amounts of turmeric while cooking rich Indian food? The flavor is the first reason that comes to mind, but it also helps with digestion by increasing the secretion of digestive juices[1][2].

Power to lower cholesterol levels

Power to Lower Cholesterol Level

Excess cholesterol can lead to heart disease and stroke. Turmeric reduces the volume of circulating cholesterol and prevents its oxidation by being boosting liver metabolism.[1][2]

Power to improve immunity

Power to Improve Immunity

Remember the new avatar of haldi doodh, turmeric latte or golden milk, that took over the western world? It deserves the fame! Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties help in fighting infections by improving immunity[1].

Power to increase brain function

Power to Increase Brain Function_1

Turmeric increases the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)[1], which is essential for the growth and maintenance of nerve cells. High levels of this protein as beneficial to memory, cognitive function, and mood.

It could be hard to believe but there are many more benefits of consuming turmeric. Along with using it as a spice to add colour and flavour to your food, you can include it in your smoothies, juices, herbal teas and add it to any type of milk to increase its health benefits.

To ensure you get these benefits from the haldi you use, always choose authentic turmeric that has is sourced from the best farms and retain their natural oils.





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