Turmeric has been used medicinally, ceremonially, and as a dye for thousands of years. It is one of the healthiest and most healing foods on the planet. It’s no wonder that it was worshipped and considered holy by several cultures. Here are 10 facts about turmeric.
India produces more turmeric than any other country, with the city of Erode producing the most in the country. Erode is often called Turmeric City because of this.
Turmeric has been utilized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine and Siddha medicine as well as throughout Asia.
Turmeric is often used as a natural colorant in products such as pickles, pickled peppers, and mustard. And of course, it is the ingredient that gives curry its vibrant color.
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, works as a powerful antivenom for pit vipers and cobras like the King Cobra snake. It neutralizes the venom and protects the organs from damage.
In India, turmeric is considered to be holy and it features prominently in Hindu weddings. Before the actual wedding ceremony, a Haldi ceremony (haldi means turmeric in Hindu) is held at both the bride and groom’s houses in which a paste made from turmeric, rose water or water, and sandalwood powder is spread on the bride and groom by family members.
Numerous studies have found that turmeric has impressive cancer-preventing and cancer-fighting properties. In many cases it has been shown to cause cancer cells to commit apoptosis (suicide).