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The miracle spice. This is how experts describe turmeric, also known as “the powdered gold of India”. And it is that it not only stains the preparations with that typical golden color and gives them a unique Middle Eastern flavor, but also has endless benefits for the body.

But let’s go by steps. Turmeric is the root of a plant in the Zingiberaceae family, which grows in subtropical regions and belongs to the ginger family. It is native to India and Southeast Asia, and has been used for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Its root transformed into powder is what is known as food seasoning; and although it is used throughout the world to prepare curries, sauces and soups, it is one of the most valuable and powerful foods in Ayurvedic medicine.

Keep in mind that the most important component of the root, called curcumin, is responsible for many of its health benefits. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as containing large amounts of fiber; vitamins C, E and K; sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, niacin and essential oils. It is an antiseptic, antitumor and antibacterial asset, so it cares for oral health, helps to eliminate bacteria from the body and improve flu and respiratory tract states.

But the benefits of turmeric go much further. Being a powerful anti-inflammatory, it helps relieve the symptoms of diseases such as arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and is a natural pain reliever for headaches, sore throats, and menstrual pain. In fact, Harvard University listed turmeric as an extraordinary food to deal with human deterioration. Being a neuroprotectant, it may have benefits for brain function, including improving memory and reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. In addition, it improves digestion, promotes blood circulation, lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and some international studies agree that the components of this plant have the power to help prevent the growth and spread of cancer cells (in cases such as cancer of the breast, uterine cervix, colon, gastric, liver, leukemia and more). In the esoteric universe, it is said that turmeric purifies the blood, the body and brings translucency to people’s energy. Consuming a marble-sized ball of turmeric first thing in the morning helps cleanse the body of cancer cells.

In addition, turmeric is a great ally for skin care, since it acts as a healing and moisturizing agent. These properties were used by the experts of ancient Ayurvedic medicine, who applied turmeric in the form of a paste on the skin and thus prevented wounds from becoming infected and fungus from spreading.

Without going any further, in India, turmeric is considered a sacred plant and is used in endless rituals. In addition to having the power to cure physical ailments, in this culture it is used as a spiritual purifier. It is very common to see some women with a red, gold or black mark between their eyebrows, which identifies them as “virtuous and pure”. That “third eye”, also known as bindi or tilaka, is drawn with powders from spices, combined with elements such as clay, sandalwood or charcoal. This is why, both on a practical and spiritual level, this condiment has an indisputable importance in Indian culture.

Currently, most people consume turmeric solely as a seasoning, without knowing its nickname as a miracle spice; but from the diffusion of its medicinal and spiritual properties, they can incorporate it into their day to day in a much more conscious way. A superfood capable of providing the body with everything it needs and more.

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