Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Turmeric is a Painkiller...

 News about Health

turmeric from: Den store Danske

We use the turmeric powder to give rice dishes a yellow and colourful look - and this spice is the prominent part of curry mixtures. It is also called Indian saffron and was used as a substitute for this more expensive spice. Turmeric was also used as a dye for cloth and upon the skin - and still today the buddhistmonks' pretty yellow dresses are dyed with turmeric.

turmeric from: wikipedia

New research shows that the medical plant Turmeric is highly interesting. The content of the yellow dye, curcumin, is both a strong antibiotic and especially a strong painkiller. An Indian study has shown that 2 gram curcumin daily has the same painkilling effect as 400 mg ibuprofen. Turmeric's side effect is that it strengthens the liver and the immune system - which is a further benefit. 

Turmeric = Danish: Gurkemeje

Source: Nyt om din sundhed,  Kvindemagasin Søndag, 2012.


MyMaracas said...

Interesting. I heard on a TV show only yesterday that this spice is good for heart health and blood sugar, too. I'll have to look into it. Thanks for the post.

Out on the prairie said...

I have seen gailardia petals for saffron, but really enjoy the spice as its own. I went to the Canary Islands in 1988 and got saffron for $30/OZ.I haven't used it for years because of the price, but yearn to taste it and always order anything a restruant fixes with saffron.

Thyra said...

Hej Maracas, it's so nice to see you.
Yes, turmeric is a super spice!
If you use the raw turmeric then it dyes so much that you'll have to guard your kitchen table first!!

Grethe ´)

Thyra said...

Hello Steve, I think that's why turmeric was used instead of saffron, because saffron is so expensive.

Grethe ´)

Wanda..... said...

Great spice, plus yellow is such a lovely spring color, don't you think, Grethe?☺ Recently watched a sweet movie (Today's Special) about a chef cooking popular Indian curries with turmeric and other spices in his family's restaurant. They bought turmeric in bulk! I have a large jar of blended curry powder, cook with it often.

Thyra said...

Hej Wanda, yes the colour is like spring!! I saw something on TV which you mention, from an Indian cook and family, and they told us that Indian families have each their own curry mix. I have thought about making one myself, but I still have got the old blended curry powder!! I love curry dishes!

Now it is soon week-end again. Have a lovely week-end!

Grethe ´)