Why Turmeric is Good For You and 5 Delicious Ways to Use It

India is very popular for its spices, not only because these spices add flavor to your food but also because all these spices have a lot of medicinal benefits. One such spice in the list is turmeric. Also known as the Indian saffron, turmeric is rich in an active compound known as curcumin, which has many scientifically proven health benefits. Derived from the root of flowering plant curcuma longa, turmeric is an integrated part of Ayurvedic medicine and traditional healing. 

Due to the various benefits that turmeric has on our health, it has been touted as one of the superfoods that can prevent cancer and ease depression. Listed below are some of the benefits that turmeric can have on your health if you make sure to include it in your everyday diet. 

  1. Anti-inflammatory - Curcumin present in turmeric is proved to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial effects. It has been found in the studies that since curcumin is badly absorbed in the human body, adding some black pepper to meals that contain curcumim can help in the better absorption of curcumin. This element of turmeric makes it a strong and reputed element in the medical world. 

  1. Aids in digestion - For years turmeric has been consumed for its digestive qualities. Nausea, Indigestion, and an upset stomach are some of the very common problems that turmeric can relieve easily. Daily consumption of ½ teaspoon of turmeric will help improve the gut environment and make it more suitable for a healthy gut.  


  1. Anti-cancerous - Various studies across the world clearly show the positive effect of turmeric in treating tumour cells in the body. It has been found that the intake of turmeric can slow down the growth of these tumours, which are caused due to uncontrolled growth of cells. Turmeric is found to help detoxifying enzymes work better in the human body. Daily consumption of turmeric can help your body to function in a better way. 


  1. Prevents Alzheimer's Disease - The anti-inflammatory property of turmeric helps soothe the chronic inflammations of Alzheimer’s and improve the conditions of persons suffering from the disease. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that causes brain cells to shrink and not function properly; consumption of turmeric can help release the inflammation of the brain cells and hence provide some relief. However, there is no strong evidence that turmeric can cure the disease, but circumin, which has antioxidant properties, may help the cells rejuvenate and perform better. 
  2. Boosts Immunity - Your body functions in the sink. Nothing is working independently. Therefore when you take care of the basics of your body mechanisms, the entire cycle of functions goes well inside and you face less chances to experience frictions inside your environment. Any coral infection or any unwanted change in the inner environment can be handled well by your body if it is strong enough to function well and can cope up with minor changes. When these unwanted infections are handled well, your body is proved to have a better immunity. Daily use of turmeric in your diet without overdoing it will improve the functions of your body as a whole and hence will give you a better immunity to fight diseases.

But what are the most delicious ways to incorporate turmeric in your everyday diet so that it doesn't seem like a medicine and you enjoy it every time you consume it?

Here are 5 delicious ways to incorporate turmeric in your everyday diet:

  • Turmeric Halwa: This recipe includes raw turmeric (kachi haldi), ghee, semolina (sooji) and jaggery (gud) and dry fruits. The use of raw turmeric as halwa not only has immense health benefits but also adds flavour to your meal. All the ingredients used in this halwa are healthy and designed to satisfy your palette. 
  • Turmeric Tea: Making turmeric tea is the easiest of all and is more effective than any other way. Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric, a pinch of black pepper and ½ teaspoon of ginger powder in boiling water and allow it to simmer for 15 minutes. This tea will do wonders for your digestion and immunity. Add a teaspoon of honey for taste and enjoy the healthy benefits of turmeric tea.  

  • Turmeric Chutney: The best and the most tasty way to fight cold and flu during winters is to consume turmeric chutney. This chutney has antiseptic properties and helps you fight seasonal diseases with ease. Turmeric generates heat inside your body and helps you keep warm in winters. Adding garlic to this chutney increases its benefits. Grind 5-6 raw turmeric roots with 5-6 garlic cloves, red chilli, kalonji and salt in a blender. After grinding it into a fine paste, put some oil in a hot pan and transfer this paste in the pan. Heat it properly until the entire water in the chutney evaporates and the paste becomes dry. Have it with rice or roti.    
  • Turmeric Milk: The health benefits of turmeric in milk are so wide that it is often referred to as Golden Milk. Turmeric milk helps to relieve cold, cough, arthritis, and congestion in cold weather. Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric and a pinch of black pepper in hot milk. Stir it well and add honey for flavour. 

  • Turmeric Ladoo: These ladoos are like energy balls because the amount of energy and immunity this ladoo will give you reduces the urge to eat anything unhealthy when those hunger pangs hit. Heat a pan with 1 tbsp of desi ghee.  Add 1 tbsp turmeric powder, 1 tbsp ginger powder, 1/2 tbsp cinnamon powder, and 3 tbsp of jaggery in a pan. Mix it well until the jaggery melts completely and blends well with the spices. Let it cool down a bit and shape them into balls with some water in your palms. 

What is needed here more than anything else is the will to improve your diet in a way that it becomes better and improves the overall health of your body. Food and its ingredients have an immense power to help you fight any ailment that your body might face. Your conscious eating will make the entire process of fighting the diseases and ailments easier for you. What you read above is the power of one spice that it can have on your body. Choosing your food wisely can do wonders for you if you know what is right for you.