At Amarantha, we believe that Ayurveda is a mainstream modality of treatment and not alternative therapy, as it is often termed. We strive to raise awareness and share useful tips and information that will help you to access remedies which may be easily available, maybe even in your own kitchen!
In this article, we would like to talk about Curcumin or Haldi. Haldi is a commonly known and used spice in India. We can safely say that it is found in each and every household in the Indian Subcontinent. But how exactly should one use it?
Fresh Haldi resembles fresh ginger. It can be sliced and eaten as a part of every meal.
In India, we are more familiar with the dried version, which is ground into a powder we all know so well. Curcumin is there active ingredient present in haldi, which affects change in our bodies.
In the ancient Ayurvedic texts, haldi is known as Haridra. The combination of Haridra and Kumkum is extremely popular in Indian religious ceremonies. In marriage ceremonies, the bride and groom are anointed with Haridra paste, drawing on its antibacterial properties.
The Shastras often praise haldi for its skin beautifying capabilities. It removes dead skin cells, exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin. It is also known as a wonderful antiseptic, often applied on wounds to make use of its famous wound healing properties.
Curcumin is known for its many amazing benefits, chief among which is its anti inflammatory property. It is the primary active ingredient in numerous arthritis treatments. Today, even gym goers consume it to enhance recovery from their heavy workouts. Curcumin is also a great anti-tumor agent. It is often use to mitigate the side effects of chemotherapy. It acts as a lipid lowering agent and helps to reduce bad cholesterol.
As an immuno-modulator, it increases body's ability to fight infections and as a rejuvenator, it acts as a great health tonic for those not suffering from anything but would like to draw some benefit from it.
However, there is a catch.
The most common way of consuming Curcumin is to mix a spoonful of powder in warm water. It is important to note that Curcumin is not water soluble. Curcumin is fat soluble, which is why combining it with oil or ghee is a great trick. This is also why haldi is traditionally mixed with milk and consumed.
It is also important to note that Curcumin has poor bioavailability. This means that our body is not able to absorb most of its wonderful properties. To counter this, we use a bioavailability enhancer. In case of Curcumin, using long pepper increases the bioavailability of Curcumin by as much as 2,000%.
At Amarantha, we have created QMin Plus, combining the best of Curcumin extracts (which are highly potent, concentrated and standardised) and long pepper, giving you a powerful and effective dose of Curcumin.
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