The good thing about turmeric is that it can help fight most types of diseases. This amazing herbal root can help prevent the breakdown of cells into cancerous cells. It can be beneficial if you have Alzheimer’s. It can help fight skin cancer, and lower your LDL cholesterol levels and do much more. Turmeric has been used for stomach disorders and pains, acidity, arthritis, bloating, diarrhea, liver disorders, gallbladder problems, jaundice and much more.
This ‘nature’s medicine’ has been used for centuries by the common folk for treating colds, headache, leprosy, menstrual disorders, infections of the lung, bronchitis, fibromyalgia, and fever. It can also be beneficial in fighting worms, treating buildup of water, kidney disorders, and depression. Interestingly, it will stain your teeth when you eat it, but it will only be temporary and the roots will help cleanse and whiten your teeth.
It wouldn’t be wrong to claim that it has magical powers.
- It is loaded with antioxidants
- It has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits
- It has amazing benefits for your brain
- It helps in lowering the chances of developing heart disease
- It can help in fighting depression
Researches conducted on turmeric and its uses found that the ingredient curcumin present in it is effective against major depressive disorder in the same way as fluoxetine (Prozac). But it doesn’t cause any side effects that come with the medication.
The discovery of the presence of curcumin in turmeric has come as a great relief for people suffering from depression. Dr. Ajay Goel at the Baylor University Medical Center states that patients suffering from depression will suffer from inflammation in certain parts of brain. These patients will also suffer from reduced presence of neurogenesis. This reduces the generation of new brain cells. The ingredient curcumin in turmeric not only helps reducing the inflammation, it also stimulates neurogenesis.
According to latest research studies, turmeric is also beneficial for reducing inflammation anywhere in the body.
Prepare your Turmeric Lemonade
This lemonade is easy to make and can be enjoyed every day. You will need the following ingredients:
- Carbonated water / chilled water – 4 cups
- Turmeric (powder or grated) – 2 tbps
- Maple syrup (pure) – 4 tbsp (you can use stevia or honey)
- Lime or lemon juice – 1-1/2 cup
- Blood orange juice – from 1 blood orange (optional)
Peel the turmeric using a spoon. Mix all these ingredients in a pitcher and mix well. A lemon slice can be included as a garnish.