Turmeric is a rhizomatous perennial plant that grows somewhere in the wild area of South and Southeast Asia. The herb can grow even up to 1 meter high, and once it is harvested, the rootstocks are boiled and dried before they are ground into a golden powder. The powder is then used as a spice for preparing various dishes and for making different medicinal compositions, including teas. Another one of turmeric’s uses is as a dye (due to its beautiful color).
Turmeric Tea Medicinal Properties
The active ingredient in turmeric known as “curcumin,” is said to be the one that offers most of the health benefits. Traditional medicine in India has used turmeric to treat various conditions for thousands of years, and here’s why:
- It contains vitamins B6, B3, B2 and B1.
- It’s high in vitamin C, E and K.
- It has significant amounts of manganese, iron, fiber, potassium and copper.
- It also has high levels of phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and calcium.
- It contains compounds with antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Turmeric Tea Health Benefits
It’s a great anti-inflammatory agent
- It improves your digestion and protects your liver
- fights cold and flu
- assists diabetes sufferes - may improve glucose control or insulin activity
Nutrition Australia says tumeric can easily be added to your diet. "We encourage people to use a range of herbs and spices as they're good sources of antioxidants, which may have protective effects for health," says Hourigan. Turmeric's roots and bulbs are generally boiled and dried to form powder. You can also grate it like ginger or take a supplement (powdered capsules, fluid extract or drops). Adults can take about one to three grams of the dried powdered root per day.
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