Turmeric, which is quite common in Asian kitchen tradition, has a host of health benefits.
Commonly used for its flavor and to add some color to the dishes it can be, used to treat a number of ailments as well. Packed with anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, which is why it is excellent to apply on cuts, burns and wounds.
Suffering from cold? Mix some turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and have it at night. It is a natural liver detoxifier and painkiller.
Several studies have shown that it is also known to prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. Certain inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis can be treated using turmeric.
The yellow root from South Asia is a well known ingredient in curries and Middle Eastern dishes.
Turmeric is popularly used to give curry a yellow hue, but in one restaurant in Hong Kong, the spice is being added to lattes – and consumers have reportedly been lapping it up, South China Morning Post reported.
Peggy Chan, executive chef and managing director of Grassroots Pantry, says her restaurant on Hollywood Road sold an average of more than 50 turmeric chai lattes a day last winter. The popularity of the drink, she says, is related to an increasing awareness among people of what turmeric does for our health.