In addition to reducing bad cholesterol, this medicinal plant also prevents against cancer and Alzheimer’s
It is no wonder that an orange powder has been chosen the darling of many people who seek to increase immunity and to eat healthier. The turmeric as it is called the turmeric (ouaçafrão guinea or root-s) is a small plant coming from the Asian continent and belongs to the ginger family.
And at its root is the secret: when ground, it becomes that powder that can be used as a seasoning or as a powerful natural remedy for various problems.
According to nutritionist Giovanna Oliveira , one of the professionals who make up the Dr. Maria Fernanda Barca Clinic in São Paulo, the medicinal plant also receives the title of functional food. “This is because it has many functional properties, among them antioxidant, antimicrobial and antidepressant action,” he explains.
In addition, saffron is also able to improve gastrointestinal complications and significantly reduce bad cholesterol.
Scientific studies have also proven the substance’s action by minimizing the risks of cancer. “Another beneficial aspect of its regular use is the relief of arthritis pain and the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s.”
And the list of advantages does not end there: “Turmeric can also prevent the onset of heart disease, diabetes, as well as being an important liver protector, by stimulating the secretion of bile. The essential oil of turmeric also has significant antimicrobial action, acting against harmful bacteria of the digestive system, pathogenic fungi and germs “, clarifies the expert.
Despite all the benefits of turmeric, it is important to remember that its insertion in the daily diet should be done with the help of a specialist, not arbitrarily, so that it does not have contraindications. Saffron can cause irritations in the stomach because of its strong taste and its action in the digestive system.
Giovanna further notes: “Its consumption is not recommended for pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding and children , because it is not yet known with certainty the effects that the substance can bring to these patients. In addition, people who have been diagnosed with gallstones or biliary obstruction should not ingest unless medically indicated. “
Check out two recipes below to insert this functional seasoning into your diet:
Brown rice with turmeric and nuts
- 5 cups of filtered water;
- 2 cups brown rice tea;
- ½ teaspoon chopped parsnip;
- 1 small chopped onion;
- 1 clove garlic, minced;
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil;
- 1 tablespoon powdered turmeric dessert;
- salt to taste.
Method of preparation:
Wash the rice, drain and set aside. In a pan with the coconut oil, brown the onion, garlic and then add brown rice and salt. Let braise. Add water and mix. Cook with semi-capped pan until rice is tender. Turn off the heat, add the turmeric and add the chopped nuts.
Chicken with turmeric
- 300 grams of thigh and chicken overcoat;
- 1 teaspoon turmeric;
- salt to taste;
- pepper to taste;
- rosemary to taste;
- 3 chopped tomatoes;
- 1 tablespoon chopped onion;
- 1 clove garlic, minced;
- 1 chopped red bell pepper.
Method of preparation
Remove skin and fat from the thighs and overcooked and season with the turmeric, salt, pepper and rosemary. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Then take to brown in a pan with olive oil, garlic and onion. Add chopped tomatoes, pepper and a little water and cook until tender and tomatoes begin to break up.