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 Turmeric Benefits, Haldi

  Last Updated : Aug 23,2019

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18 Amazing Turmeric Benefits (Haldi)

If you prepare flavourful and colourful curries and dishes and have a word of appreciation from your loved ones today, it’s because of one of the most important ingredient in curries.... a deep yellow to orange coloured powder viz. TURMERIC also called Haldi in Hindi. Ayurveda and other traditional medicine systems practiced in India have relied on this pungent spice for centuries not just to avail of its flavourful instinct but also due to its umpteen distinctive healing properties too.

The turmeric powder which is found in every “masala dabba” is obtained by boiling the roots for hours, drying them for weeks and then grinding them in huge grinders to get the powder. Although extremely popular as an important herb of the kitchen, turmeric gained importance as a health herb only in 1970 when researchers found its most active health compound viz. Curcumin. This is the same compound which gives haldi its typical yellow colour and the one that stains your wooden spoons. Here’s the lowdown of some of the most promising nutritional and health benefits of this spice.


18 Health Benefits of Turmeric 

1. Digestive Aid : Turmeric stimulates the flow of bile, which helps in digestion of food thus helping to overcome indigestion and proving itself as a digestive herb (1) . Use it in daily cooking as done in the recipe of Oats and cabbage roti


2. Turmeric Benefits as an Antiseptic : The herb’s antiseptic action lends credence to its traditional use in treating dysentery and diarrhoea, which is caused due to micro-organisms (2) . Adding 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm water and consuming it 2 to 3 times a day helps to cure dysentery. 


3. Tackles obesity : Haldi may help in reducing the growth of fat cells in the body. Research has also stated that the active compound Curcumin is effective in reducing obesity by suppressing the inflammatory processes (3) .


4. Iron Booster : Turmeric, being rich in iron, is highly valuable in the treatment of anaemia and both the root as well as the powder should be a regular part of an anaemic diet. Palak Chana Dal and Bajra Carrot and Onion Uttapa are good additions to increase your iron intake.


5. Anti-inflammatory Property : One of the health benefits of turmeric is it’s anti-inflammatory property due to the active compound, Curcumin, which helps to relieve inflammation of the joints and thus is a ladder to relieve pain related to arthritis. Mixture of the two roots Ginger and turmeric is effective against Rheumatoid Arthritis severity and complications (4) . A study states that curcumin from turmeric is more potent anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative agents than drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen (5) . Warm Honey Lemon Water with Turmeric is an excellent recipe to add to your diet for its soothing anti-inflammatory effects. 


6. Anti-Ulcer Property : Turmeric has been proven to protect the lining of the stomach and prevent ulcers (6) . This is one more reason for those healthy individuals to make turmeric a part of their regular diet. Check out the recipe of Pyazwali Bhindi


7. Wards of Cold and Cough : The curcumin in haldi also helps to ward of the bacteria’s causing cold, cough and throat irritation. Fresh turmeric powder and ajwain (carom seeds) mixed in a glass of warm milk taken once or twice a daily is the most useful curative measure. You can try the recipe of Ajwain and Turmeric Milk and Haldi ki Goli to relieve cold and throat irritation.


8. Overcome Insomnia : A glass of milk with a little turmeric powder taken just before going to bed daily is the best remedy for insomnia. 


9. Diabetes Management : Turmeric benefits in diabetes management by lowering blood glucose levels and ameliorating the long-term complications of diabetes. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects are useful in the treatment of diabetes patients. Curcumin through various processes reduces the production of glucose by the liver and this helps in lowering of blood glucose (21). Curcumin supplementation in animal models significantly reduced diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain which is generally localized to feet, legs, arms and hands (22). Curcumin also has shown to have protective effects on the kidneys of diabetic animal models i.e. it reduces the incidence of diabetic nephropathy (23)




10. Anti-microbiological Properties : Like most culinary herbs, turmeric helps retard food spoilage because it has antimicrobial action and is used as a natural preservative (7) . Make it a part of your everyday cooking. Try the recipe of Bajra Whole Moong and Green Pea Khichdi


11. Natural Healer : Topical application of turmeric has therapeutic effects on healing the skin wounds (8) . An application of turmeric powder on boils have been proven to speed up the healing process. Our ancestors, a few centuries ago, used pounded turmeric leaves when turmeric powder was not available.


12. Turmeric Benefits for skin : Turmeric is used often as a skin Exfoliator as it has a rough texture. Mix with olive oil and remove dead skin with it. Haldi also reduces Acne and pimples due to its anti-microbiological properties (9) .


13. Relieves Muscle Pain : Turmeric has the active compound Curcumin that is known to reduce muscle pain. This is great for athletes who suffer from muscle soreness.


14. Turmeric, the brain food : Turmeric is part of the Indian diet and present in every Indian kitchen. It is known to be a good brain food and keep diseases like Alzheimer’s at bay. The key issue of Alzheimer’s is the inflammation of the brain and Haldi is anti-inflammatory. Curcumin also improved the overall memory in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (10).


15. Cancer : There are many health benefits of turmeric in the treatment of cancer. Curcumin has been studied widely for its effect on cancer patients. Haldi is found to be beneficial in relieving diarrhea, bloating and abdominal pain in cancer patients. Cancer patients tend to lose a lot of weight and Curcumin therapy showed substantial weight gain in cancer patients (12). Curcumin plays a role in the auto degeneration of cancer cells and thus has an important role in cancer treatment (13). Turmeric has a preventive effect against stomach and skin tumors induced by chemical carcinogens (14).


16. Prevents clot formation : Thrombus formation is essential to prevent bleeding but can be harmful for some individuals as the thrombus or blood clot may block the healthy flow of blood through the blood vessels. Turmeric is antithrombotic in nature and helps to prevent harmful clot formation in the body (15)  (16) (17).


17. Decreases Cholesterol Levels : Turmeric benefits in the treatment of atherosclerosis as it inhibits LDL oxidation and has hypocholesterolemic (cholesterol reducing) effects (18).


18. Enhances Detoxification : Turmeric can detoxify the body. Consuming curcumin in the form of turmeric can help the liver in detoxification process and retard the effects of dangerous cancer causing products in the body (19). Warm Lemon Water with Turmeric is a great recipe to boost your body’s detoxification processes.




Turmeric Benefits for Better Health…

Now that you know the myriad effects of curcumin, the compound of turmeric, it is worth exploring and making this all-in-one herb a part of all our daily meals. Adding turmeric to your meals will not only enhance the colour and flavour but will also add a healthy touch to it. Spice-up your dals, curries, rice and accompaniments with this magic ingredient and enjoy them along with getting many health benefits.

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Treat your heart and palate to a delectable meal of Oats and Cabbage Roti with low-fat curds, and hear a happy tick in response to it! Scrumptious to the core, these satiating rotis are made with a unique dough of whole wheat flour, oats and cabbage perked up with sesame seeds and spice powders. Oats not only gives these rotis a nice, grainy texture, but also a lot of fibre and beta glucan, which aid in reducing bad cholesterol (LDL). We have also avoided refined flour completely in the dough, substituting it with wholesome whole wheat flour. We have added a little garlic paste as it is very good for the heart, and also improves the flavour of the roti. This roti can be prepared well ahead of a meal, or even carried to work in the dabba, but has a much better texture when served immediately.
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A maharashtrian delight, tweaked to boost the health value! while palak adds vitamin a to this dish, chana dal adds nutrients like calcium, iron, folic acid, zinc and fibre. Ensure that you do not overcook chana dal, as it should be separate and not mashed.
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Mostly, ladies finger is sautéed in lots of oil or deep-fried before adding to various recipes. If you are a bhindi fan, but have been avoiding the vegetable for this reason, Pyazwali Bhindi will come as a pleasant surprise to you. Here, the ladies finger is cooked in minimal oil to suit the needs of those with acidity. It is combined with flavour-packed ingredients like onions, ginger, green chillies and aromatic seeds like cumin and nigella, to get a finger-licking recipe! Onions are very effective in combating acidity, so include it frequently in your diet. Try other stomach-friendly subzis like Kaddu ka Bharta and Avial .
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Some remedies come with a superb flavour, which is very apt for the condition you are in! This age-old remedy for sore throat is a perfect example. The healing properties of turmeric and ajwain are packaged with a soothing, slightly-spicy taste that will soothe your sore throat in a very appealing way. Take two glasses of this Ajwain and Turmeric Milk per day for two or three days, and bid adieu to the irritating sore throat. Try to have it as hot as you can.
You must have heard of Bajra Khichdi, a famous Rajasthani delicacy. While that is a wholesome dish, here is something even more nourishing, fortified with more healthy stuff like whole moong, green peas and tomatoes. These not only add more crunch and tang to the khichdi, but also add more fibre, iron and protein, making the Bajra, Whole Moong and Green Pea Khichdi a complete meal in its own right.
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Tasty and fluffy dhokla is always known to be a versatile dish, which can be prepared with varied flours and by adding additional ingredients like veggies, corn, etc. This scrumptious Cabbage Dhokla stands out from others in the equal use of grated cabbage and besan in the batter, an interesting move that adds a lot of crunch to the fluffy dhokla! You will enjoy this multi-textured delight, flavoured with a traditional, aromatic tempering, and served with green chutney.
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The Coloured Capsicum and Paneer Subzi has a well-rounded flavour and a well-balanced nutrient profile. Rich in protein, carbohydrates and vitamins, this easy yet irresistible subzi also pools in vitamin A from coloured capsicums, folic acid and antioxidant lycopene from tomatoes and protein and calcium from paneer.
Warm Honey Lemon Water with Turmeric is a simple detox solution that can be consumed everyday, first thing in the morning. We all know that lemon juice and turmeric have amazing health benefits – and this easy recipe brings both together. Turmeric powder (haldi), which is found in everyone’s masala dabba is obtained by boiling the roots for hours, drying them for weeks and then grinding them in huge grinders to get the powder. It aids digestion by stimulating the flow of bile, and is also known to have wonderful antiseptic properties. Thanks to this antiseptic action, turmeric is used for treating dysentery and diarrhoea, which are caused by microorganisms. Perhaps because we use it in small quantities, many people are not aware of the rich iron content in turmeric, which works against anaemia. Curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound in turmeric helps relieve inflammation of the joints. Of course, the benefits of lemon juice cannot be forgotten either. It helps to boost your metabolism early in the morning, is a good source of antioxidant vitamin C , and helps to freshen breath too. Honey helps to balance the flavours, making this Warm Honey Lemon Water with Turmeric a pleasure to sip on first thing in the morning. That said, we recommend you use a straw to drink this, because lemon juice is acidic and may damage the enamel of your teeth if had directly without a straw.
With so much stress, pollution and junk food surrounding our lives, everybody is looking for methods to detox our body. Here is an easy and quick way to detox yourself early in the morning. Have it first thing in the morning and let turmeric and lemon work their magic. Turmeric powder (haldi), which is found in everyone’s masala dabba is obtained by boiling the roots for hours, drying them for weeks and then grinding them in huge grinders to get the powder. It aids digestion by stimulating the flow of bile, and is also known to have wonderful antiseptic properties. Thanks to this antiseptic action, turmeric is used for treating dysentery and diarrhoea, which are caused by microorganisms. Many people are also unaware of the rich iron content in turmeric, which works against anaemia. Curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound in turmeric helps relieve inflammation of the joints. Lemon Juice on the other hand helps to boost your metabolism early in the morning. It is a good source of antioxidant vitamin C , and helps to freshen breath too. With a pleasantly tangy taste, the Warm Lemon Water with Turmeric is a good way to start your day. We recommend you use a straw to drink this, because lemon juice is acidic and may damage the enamel of your teeth if had directly without a straw.
Turmeric powder is not just a spice powder, it has properties that are an effective remedy for cough, cold and throat irritations. When combined with honey it becomes a soothing natural remedy to keep cold and cough at bay.
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The soothing taste of fresh turmeric and the spiky flavour of fresh ginger make for a fabulous pickle! While fresh and tender, you will find the texture and taste of ginger are very enjoyable. Although mild, you can still feel your taste buds tingle when you bite into a piece. Turmeric too has a unique flavour, which has to be experienced to be understood. Together with a dash of lemon juice, the duo are sure to pleasantly surprise you. This Fresh Turmeric and Ginger Pickle can be made only when the ingredients are in season, but when they make their appearance in the market, almost every household whips up a batch of this pickle as it is not only tasty but also good for health. Can also make other recipes like Sweet Peach Pickle and Red Marinade .
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Haldi Doodh is often called the “Golden Milk” because of its absolutely glorious health benefits. From being antiseptic and antimicrobial to anti-carcinogenic, turmeric has a whole lot of healthy tricks up its sleeve. It is a very common ingredient found in everyone’s home and can be used to easily make this awesome beverage. Turmeric Milk helps to cure common cold, sore throat and insomnia. A glass of turmeric milk enjoyed warm before bed time ensures good quality sleep. It also tastes pleasant, so it is a good way to end your day. The secret to making good Haldi Doodh is to cook the milk with the turmeric as described here. Many people tend to just mix a little turmeric into a glass of hot milk and think it is ready, but you need to cook it for the benefits of turmeric to seep into the milk! Follow this recipe to make easy, tasty and healthy turmeric milk with detailed step by step photos. Click here for many other home remedy recipes to help you get relief from many ailments.
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A couple of effective detoxifiers team up in this awesome drink, which is great to have in the morning or any time of the day for that matter. The Turmeric and Cinnamon Detox Water will work wonders for your health. Turmeric has antiseptic properties, and also helps ward off cough and cold. It is antioxidant and helps detoxify your body. Cinnamon, on the other hand, is anti-diabetic and also effectively fights infections. Lemon, as we all know, gives your skin a healthy glow and improves absorption of iron from your food thereby improving general health. To add to the merits of this tasty drink, it also helps in maintaining body weight. Definitely a must-try! Enjoy how to make Turmeric and Cinnamon Detox Water recipe with detailed step by step photos.
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Want to stay healthy? Turn to Turmeric with Black Pepper for Anti-inflammation. Turmeric powder which is an important spice in most Indian spice box should be included daily in our diet. The compound ‘curcumin’ in it serves the purpose of preventing inflammation in the body and helping you go healthy a long way. But there is a catch. Curcumin is easily metabolized in the body and so not much is available for absorption. Freshly ground black pepper shows its magical touch here. It abounds in a compound ‘piperine’ which prevents the curcumin from being metabolized easily and enhances its absorption in body. Curcumin also needs some kind of fat for its absorption. So turn to healthy fats like ghee or olive oil. 1 serving of Turmeric with Black Pepper for Anti-inflammation at least 3 to 4 times a week is recommended. Enjoy how to make Turmeric with Black Pepper for Anti-inflammation recipe with detailed step by step photos below.
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