Turmeric is usually used in its dried, powdered form, but it is also used fresh, much like ginger. Turmeric is sometimes also used as an agent to impart a rich, custard-like yellow colour to the dishes. It has the following Health Benefits
- In Ayurvedic practices, turmeric is thought to have many medicinal properties.
- Many use it as a readily available antiseptic for cuts, burns and bruises.
- It is very helpful in diabetes.
- Raw Turmeric juice is used to treat hyperacidity (acidity of stomach) and indigestion.
- The juice of raw turmeric also acts as a blood purifier.
- Curcumin - an active component of turmeric, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful for treating arthritis, inflammatory conditions and possibly cancer.
- Turmeric is also an inexpensive and indigenous beauty aid. It is used in the formulation of some sunscreens. Smearing with turmeric paste cleans skin and beautifies it.
- Its antiseptic and healing properties prevent and cure pimples.