Curcumin-found in turmeric gives the spice the intense yellow hue and its flavor. Medical studies reveal that turmeric has liver-protective properties. Also turmeric protects the stomach and prevent ulcers. Studies show that turmeric besides being an anti-inflammatory agent, help ease symptoms of arthritis.
Several studies now indicate that turmeric lowers cholesterol and prevents blood clots, and hence turmeric may also help prevent heart disease.
Researchers at the University of Illinois found that turmeric reduces the inflammation caused by H. pylori, the ulcer-inducing bacterium that's also linked to gastric and colon cancers.
The spice fights Alzheimer’s disease and researchers have found that elderly villagers in India have the world’s lowest rate of the Alzheimer’s disease, and it is believed that curcumin might have played a vital role.
The curcumin-fed mice also performed better at memory tests than mice who were not fed.
Egg salad with spice powder and turmeric. (serves two)-
* 3 large eggs
* 1 table spoon mayonnaise
* 1 tsp curry powder
* 1/2 tsp turmeric
* salt to taste
* pepper as required
* 2 large onions, finely diced
* scallions, finely chopped(a handfull)
* cilantro, chopped 1 table spoon
Boil eggs in hot water until the shell cracks a bit. Remove from hot water, cool and peel.
In a medium non-stick bowl add 1 tsp of olive oil for taste if required. Stir together turmeric, onions, scallions, cilantro, mayonnaise & curry powder. Mix Chopped eggs with the dressing. Season with pepper and salt.