Nutritionists advise against overdoing salt as it is harmful to the heart and arteries. However, we can replace it with spices, in particular turmeric, which gives a unique flavor to our dishes bringing benefits to our body. But let's find out more.
All nutritionists agree on the need to reduce salt consumption: it can be harmful to the heart and arteries as well as promote water retention and cellulite. So how can we flavor our dishes? Spices can be an excellent substitute, in particular turmeric: an excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that gives flavor and makes our food tasty without risk for the cardiovascular system. Then let’s discover why use turmeric instead of salt and the benefits for our body.
Why choose turmeric instead of salt: reasons and beneficial properties
Turmeric can be considered a real superfood, but why prefer it as a seasoning to salt? There are so many reasons: this yellow-orange spice, native to southeastern Asia, has been re-evaluated by many nutritionists. Not only does it add flavor to our dishes but it is rich in beneficial properties.
Turmeric is a detox food
Turmeric has found much success in diets in recent years, not only to give color and taste to dishes, but also as a real seasoning thanks to its detox properties: for this reason it is recommended instead of salt.
Turmeric is an antioxidant and anticancer thanks to curcumin
Turmeric is an excellent antioxidant thanks to the presence of a particular molecule, curcumin, which acts as a real protector against many tumor types and as anti free radicals, even in the case of rheumatoid arthritis: in this case, in fact, it’s just the free radicals to cause joint pain and inflammation. Furthermore, turmeric is also a powerful anti-inflammatory: combined with honey, it is in fact an excellent remedy for colds.
Turmeric is a powerful painkiller
Turmeric is able to reduce inflammation and also relieve chronic pain. In fact, a study was published in 2014 by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: during this research 367 osteoporosis patients were examined, some were treated with a pain relieving medicine (ibuprofen), while others with less than a teaspoon per day of turmeric. After a month and a half, the researchers discovered that turmeric was as effective as the medicine in treating the disease, but with the advantage of not being harmful to the gastrointestinal system and the rest of the body. This is why doctors advise to include it in the diet without problems.
Turmeric promotes digestion and helps the liver
Consuming a teaspoon of turmeric every day for a month can improve digestive problems and those affecting the entire gastrointestinal system: therefore it is also useful in the case of colitis. Furthermore, turmeric would be able to reduce liver damage caused by alcohol abuse.