Turmeric or curcumin is touted by medical experts for reducing lung inflammation amid this massive coronavirus pandemic which the countries across the globe are fighting with a geometrical increase in numbers. The virus attacks the respiratory system.
This ancient Indian spice is known for its healing properties that researchers in the other parts of the world are just beginning to discover. Turmeric helps fight infections, joint pains, arthritis, inflammation, and anxiety too,
Prevention is always better. Simple tricks to boost the immune system during this pandemic may help reduce the severity of the disease apart from other precautions widely advised.
One major syndrome in the coronavirus infection is that one has a ‘cytokine storm’, where the immune system is threatened in the body, and inflammatory response flares up. Broadly speaking, it denotes a hyperactive immune response characterized by the release of interferons.
To combat this deadly infection, it is important to boost the defense mechanism of the body. Since a vaccine for COVID 19 is still far away, to maintain our health to an optimum level, turmeric is a good option. There might be numerous immunity-boosting foods but one cheap and easily available spice in all Indian kitchens is the miraculous spice turmeric/Haldi. This yellow or golden color spice is the root of Curcuma plant and contains a compound called curcumin, which is known for its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.
Though it is ideal to consume in a raw form the absorption might not be optimal. Traditionally in Indian cooking, we widely use it in copious quantity in our lentils/dals and curries. There are several other ways to incorporate the magic spice in your daily diet for people across the globe with different food habits, to get their daily dose of immunity.
On one hand, it has been used as an Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, predominantly to treat sprains and boost digestive function. It is considered highly bioactive, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and has latterly gained a reputation as a super food. Also, check http://www.natural-cure.org/health-and-wellness/health-benefits-of-turmeric/
Turmeric in no way replaces any prescription medication. Please note that turmeric should not be used in excess by people with gallstones or bile related diseases.
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by Pragya Sinha