The Power of Turmeric
Turmeric has been an important part of sociocultural life for over 400,000 years. It was first found in India and used for its colouring and medicinal properties, as Sanskrit suggests. The Arabs then introduced this to Spain, where the Spanish name for Turmeric, Curcuma, was developed. Today, it is heavily associated with Indian Cuisine, with India being the world’s largest producer of Turmeric, consuming over 90% of the spice alone!
Source: The Spicy Gourmet
The properties of Turmeric allow it to correct acidity, enhance flavours and mask strong odours of dried fish in certain dishes. It can give dishes a spicy and sharp flavour with notes of orange and nutmeg. At The 29 States, we use this in almost every dish from our signature Vegetable Manchurian to our classic Chicken Jalfrezi. Not only is this a great ingredient for flavour, but it has also been used for thousands of years for its natural preservative effects. Although used extensively in Indian cooking, it is also a friend of many other cooking styles including Malaysian, Japanese and North African cuisine.
Aside from its use in food, it has many proven evidence-based health benefits. These relate to the spices array of bioactive compounds such as curcuminoids and calebin-A. This gives Turmeric it's anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties as well as the ability to improve brain function and lower the risk of heart disease. Some studies have even shown it to be beneficial in preventing and treating certain types of cancers.
Turmeric is a great spice from both a cooking a lifestyle perspective. When buying Turmeric, it is important to find a product that includes piperine. This enhances the absorption of curcumin (the active component) by 2000%, which would otherwise pass straight into the digestive system. Further to the benefits discussed, Perperine has been shown to help relieve nausea, headaches and poor digestion. A natural way of increasing absorption of curcumin is by adding black pepper, which also contains piperine. Hopefully, this gives you some background into the health benefits spices like turmeric can have! 🌎👨⚕️😋
Source: Indian Express