INFORMATION available to Homemakers shows the health benefits of turmeric cannot be over-emphasized but, if taken in large quantity, it may cause some side effects. Now that turmeric is in vogue as health supplement, hardly will you enter a house without seeing it, whether in powder form or fresh roots.
It is like every year, there is always a discovery and everyone rushes to that discovery and sometimes it is used in excess. The rush for Moringa has reduced as attention has shifted to the newly discovered ‘wife’.
According to information available, turmeric has existed for decades in Asia as it is used as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavour or colour curry powders, mustards, butters and cheeses.
But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-coloured chemical called curcumin, which is often used to colour foods and cosmetics.
It is mainly used as a detoxifier as it is said to reduce inflammation associated with many diseases. It also improves anti-oxidants status and blood vessels function because of the curcumin chemical in it. Women also use it as face and body cleanser when mixed with other ingredients.
Despite all the benefits, it is warned that turmeric powder may sometimes be adulterated with cheap fillers, such as wheat starch and questionable food colourants and it may even contain lead which is especially toxic to the nervous system.
So, if you are a lover of turmeric, make your own powder by yourself or stick to the roots.