The turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a perennial plant native to southern Asia known since Antiquity and which is used in the composition of most curries.
Its rhizome, orange like a carrot, colors dishes but also has a wealth of benefits and virtues for health.
Turmeric and its health benefits
Used in Indian and Chinese pharmacopoeia for millennia and by European doctors from the 19th century to stimulate the liver, excite the digestive and diuretic functions, treat cases of jaundice where the urinary disorderss and fight the inflammations articular, turmeric has many more benefits today.
- Turmeric fights againstgastric acidity and stimulates the digestion because it increases bile secretion.
- Thanks to the curcumin it contains, turmeric slows down cell multiplication cancerous by limiting the development of blood vessels that surround the tumor.
- Curcumin also gives turmeric its actions antibacterial, antioxidant andanti-inflammatory.
- Some studies show that turmeric may have an action against Alzheimer's disease, mainly used as a preventive measure, as it increases the rate of Vitamin E.
- The rhizomes of turmeric have a remarkable effect on digestive disorders: upset stomach, nausea and loss of appetite.
- Turmeric has a beneficial effect on the fluidity ofblood.
- In external use, the poultices turmeric (turmeric powder with lukewarm water) have healing, antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
- Warning, in case of gallstones, the medicinal use of turmeric is strongly discouraged.
Growing turmeric for its benefits
Turmeric enjoys the half shade and thrives in rich, cool, humus-rich, fibrous and well-drained soil.
You can easily grow it as houseplant (it is not resistant to winter frosts), in a pot of at least 30 cm, making sure to water it well so that the soil remains moist.
After 6 to 10 months, you will be able to enjoy your first harvest !
Warning, the inside of the turmeric rhizome colors everything yellow, including clothes, tablecloths and other fabrics. Note that this coloring is almost indelible.
Turmeric in cooking for its benefits
Turmeric finds its place in many culinary preparations and it enters into the composition of mostcurries.
It can be used in soups and dressings, on meat, eggs and vegetables, etc.