Health benefits of Turmeric (Haldi)

Updated: Jul 04, 2013, 15:55 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Turmeric has been on the Indian food menu since eons. It is widely used in Indian cooking. Also known as `Haldi`, has substantial health benefits and medicinal properties that can fight diseases like cancer, diabetes and inflammation.

Curcumin is Turmeric’s major component, which is responsible for the spice`s yellow colour and its therapeutic effects.

Here are a few health benefits of the ‘wonder’ Indian spice:

- Optimum dose of turmeric is highly effective in soothing gastric inflammation and ulceration.

- Consuming curcumin also repairs skin damage caused by radiation therapy for cancer.

- Turmeric reduces the risk of blood clots and prevents build up of plaque in the arteries, which helps in the battle against stroke and other clot-related problems.

- Turmeric helps to prevent prostate cancer.

- Turmeric helps a lot in treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

- Because Turmeric helps in moderation of insulin level, it is useful in the treatment of diabetes.

- Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and hence helps in natural healing of wounds.

- There are many key components in turmeric that help in aiding digestion.