Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.
Recently, science has begun to confirm what the Indians have known for a long time. Turmeric contains compounds with medicinal properties. These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is also a very powerful antioxidant.
How to make gold paste:
The necessary ingredients:
1/2 cup turmeric powder
1 cup of water (+ 1/2 extra if necessary)
1.5 teaspoons ground black pepper
70 ml olive oil or coconut oil
In a saucepan containing the cup of water, add the turmeric powder, mix and heat slowly, stirring for 6 to 10 minutes until you get a thick paste. However, if it is too thick, add the additional 1/2 cup of water.
Then also add the black pepper and oil and continue to stir until all the ingredients are well mixed. Let the dough cool. Store in the refrigerator in a jar for about 1 week.
Many people incorporate golden dough into their daily diet, instead of taking it from time to time as a “medicine”. The dough can be taken as is in small quantities (1/4 teaspoon) 2 to 3 times a day, or mixed with honey for a better taste.
It can also be added to different dishes, such as salads, smoothies, curries, rice or soup. Experiment with what tastes best for you.
Here are the various proven health benefits of turmeric:
1- Turmeric against arthritis:
In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine “Ayurveda”, turmeric is used to treat arthritis. A 2006 study found that turmeric helps reduce inflammation in the joints. Another study from the same year found that turmeric had an anti-arthritis effect. And a 2012 study provided evidence that curcumin may even be more effective for rheumatoid arthritis than anti-inflammatory drugs.
2- Turmeric for digestive problems:
Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to produce more bile, which can aid digestion. The German Commission E, a scientific advisory committee equivalent to the FDA, has approved turmeric as a treatment for digestive problems.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 2006 showed that curcumin was useful in keeping ulcerative colitis in remission. And a 2013 article concluded that curcumin is “a very promising new therapeutic option for the treatment of gastrointestinal and liver diseases for which current therapies are largely unsatisfactory”.
3- Curcumin and cancer:
A 2008 research article references nearly 300 studies that show the effect of curcumin on cancer cells. Research has shown that curcumin has anticancer properties and can help treat the following cancers: leukemia and lymphoma, gastrointestinal cancers, genitourinary cancers, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervico-facial squamous cell carcinoma, lung cancer, melanoma, neurological cancers and sarcoma.
4- Turmeric as first aid:
Turmeric can be used to treat wounds, cuts, rashes, bruises, insect bites and swelling. A 2014 article published by Life Sciences concluded that the topical application of curcumin had a significant therapeutic effect on skin wounds. And a 2006 study concluded that it accelerates healing.