Turmeric is a spice best loved for its distinct aroma, flavor, and yellow color. Usually, you’ll find it in curry (chicken and pork) dishes, egg dishes, fish soups, and oriental rice dishes. Drizzled over stir-fried vegetables, potatoes, and pastas, turmeric blended with butter makes dishes more exciting to the palate. Turmeric is also used in the preparation of mustard, butter, margarine, cheese, fruit drinks, and pickles.
Turmeric Nutritional Value and Medicinal Uses
Turmeric is probably one of the most nutritious spices with protein, fat, minerals, dietary fiber, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, thiamine, niacin, potassium and manganese. With these properties, and the fact that it has curcumin (an ingredient that in itself is already of great therapeutic value) it does not sound surprising if the spice comes with medicinal uses, too.
Among the medicinal uses of turmeric are the following:
A carminative, turmeric can relieve gas and bloating, and improve digestion, including digestion of fat, at the same time.
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It Is Important to Read the Nutrition Facts Label Before Buying Food
One thing that is often overlooked when people are buying food is the nutrition facts label. This is the portion of the package or wrapping that provides information on such things as calories, fat grams, sugar, sodium and so forth. It is important to read the nutrition facts label before buying food because you may not be getting what you think.
One of the first times that I realized just how handy a nutrition facts label was happened when I was six years old, and my mother informed my grandmother that she could not have any sugar for a few weeks. She stood in the grocery store inspecting every item’s nutrition facts label to see whether or not it had sugar. I was amazed that she would be able to tell whether it had any sugar, because I had no idea what a nutrition facts label was at the time, but simply thought my mother was inspecting the packages to see if she could see any sugar.
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Going by the way they hype aloe vera whenever they put it in any cosmetic products, you would think it was some kind of exotic Far Eastern herb or something. The fact though is that aloe vera is one of the most common potted plants to grow around the house used anywhere in the world. As common as it is though, the benefits of aloe vera can be startlingly great. It’s a wonderful healer and a wonderful health booster.
Ever noticed how diapers and sanitary napkins are able to store all the moisture you throw at them without ever letting any leak out? They use a gel to hold all the liquid in. The aloe vera plant does the same thing. The thick stalks that double as the leaves of the plant, hold a lot of water in gel form.
Aloe vera gel brings you some pretty great health benefits. It is rich in bradykininase, a painkiller that helps soothe pain wherever it is applied. It has antibacterial qualities and anti-inflammatory compounds that help heal. When anything itches, aloe vera gel or juice can be great as a way to bring relief. It helps dilate blood vessels and it helps raise the rate of blood flow to any part of the body it is applied to.
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