Turmeric - Curcuma

Turmeric
Turmeric is one of the strongest therapeutics of nature. The active ingredient is curcumin and is used for over 2500 years in India where probably first used as a dye.
Often used to paint with the bright yellow color, foods such as drinks, ice, yoghurts, cakes, orange juice, biscuits etc. It is also a key component of curry.
The medicinal properties of this spice revealed gradually through the ages. It was long known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Recent research has shown that turmeric is a natural miracle that proves beneficial for the prevention of many different diseases from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.
In medieval Europe it became known as the "Indian saffron", as it was widely used as an alternative to the very expensive spice, saffron.
Turmeric In my kitchen I have several ways to add it to the diet of my family.
Erode, a town in south indian district of Tamil Nadu, is the largest producer in the world and the most important commercial center of turmeric in Asia.
For these reasons, Erode historically is known as the "Yellow City" or "City Turmeric".
The turmeric is rizomatoeides, herbaceous, perennial plant of the same family as ginger. It is native to tropical South Asia and needs temperatures between 20°C and 30°C (between 68°F and 86°F) and enough annual rainfall to thrive.

Rhizome turmeric

The plants gathered annually for their rhizomes, and multiply, some of them in the next season.
Some reasons to add turmeric to your diet:
  • It is a natural antiseptic with mild antibacterial agents, useful for disinfecting the cuts and burns.
  • When combined with cauliflower, it is proven to prevent prostate cancer and stop its development.
  • Prevented breast cancer spreading to the lungs in mice.
  • It can prevent melanoma and destroy existing melanoma cells.
  • Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
  • It is a natural for liver detoxification.
  • Can prevent the emergence of metastases in many different cancers.
  • It is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory that operates like many anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the side effects.
  • It is promising in terms of slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
  • In conjunction with the black pepper, raises its efficiency to 1000 times in the human.
  • In Athens turmeric powder can be purchased in spice stores in Evripidou street and in Piraeus to the corresponding street Gounari.
After what has been mentioned above I would like to suggest some of my own dishes with which you can start to put turmeric in your diet. Its usability in many other recipes is obvious, it depends upon you to adopt them.