Not many people are familiar with turmeric, an Indian spice used in most Indian curry dishes. Unknown too many, this spice also offers plenty of health benefits.
Most Asian countries use turmeric as an alternative medicine for bruises, cuts, wounds and burns. It was believed to contain anti-bacterial agents thus making it an effective antiseptic cure. I have also read several studies made on turmeric and they all suggest that it helps to treat prostate cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis. It also prevents melanoma and metastases. Some studies also propose that this spice helps in weight management. Regular intake of turmeric helps to cleanse the liver and therefore improves food digestion.
Turmeric also has essential oils. Some Indian women I met use it as a hair conditioner. They make the turmeric powder into paste by adding water and apply it to the hair. Some use the paste as a sunscreen.
As for myself and my family, I use turmeric in most dishes that I cook. There are many delicious dishes that use turmeric and one of my family's favorite is Butter Chicken. To those who are not too fond of curries, you can use turmeric on beef mince dishes, home-made beef or chicken patties and as an extra spice on fried rice and stir-fry vegetables.