Turmeric, also known as " saffron of India " is one of the spices that best suits the body : a powerful antioxidant and natural anti-inflammatory, taken at the right doses, turmeric as a food also has a purifying and beneficial effect on the liver.
But let's see how much it costs and where it can be found, with an indication of how it is best to take it and in what form.
Form, places and prices of turmeric
Turmeric supplement and extract
How and where it is found : the most recent research has also underlined the anticancer properties of curcumin, so much so that now we find turmeric also as an ingredient in many supplements in tablets, pills or capsules more or less natural counter, in pharmacies or parapharmacies . In this case you should always read the curcumin concentrate present ; often turmeric is mixed with ginger extract or black pepper, to fix beneficial substances and enhance their effectiveness.
Price: A pack of 50 tablets with a good concentration of turmeric can cost around 20 euros.
How and where it is found : turmeric powder is particularly suitable for use in the kitchen or for the preparation of special drinks . It is found in bags or glass spice holders, both in ethnic shops, imported mainly from India or Thailand, as well as online, in supermarkets and in organic shops.
Price: 100 grams of turmeric powder cost around 3 euros, 3.60.
Fresh turmeric root
How and where it is found : the fresh turmeric root is equally excellent for cooking . With a bright orange color and a lumpy rhizome, it is perfect for use as a raw product, so that it can take full advantage of its beneficial properties and grate it directly on the dishes . It is assimilated even more if black pepper or olive oil is added or if it is consumed together with green tea.
It is found online and in some ethnic or organic shop.
Price: 50 grams of fresh root cost around 2 euros .
Warning : the advice is to buy a little at a time, because it keeps the color for a long time, but it easily loses its aroma. It should be kept in airtight jars in the refrigerator . The rhizome can also be planted and grown at home.
Turmeric oil: what it is and how to do it
Turmeric mother tincture
How and where to find it: the mother tincture of turmeric helps to eliminate urinary tract infections: as a general dose, about 20 drops are indicated twice a day, after consulting a doctor or a specialist. It is easily found online and with a little more luck in the more supplied herbalists or parapharmacies.
Price: 50ml of mother tincture ranging from 10 to 17 euros, depending on the manufacturer.
The uses of mother tincture of turmeric
Edible turmeric essential oil
Turmeric essential oil is known for its digestive, antibacterial, antiviral and antiparasitic properties, it is also an excellent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
The color is intense yellow, its uses are many: with honey against fermentative disturbances, such as anti-wrinkle and anti-aging serum; as a revitalizing bath and as an aromatic and energetic oil in the toughest and most stressful moments. It is found online and in the most supplied herbalist's shops or parapharmacies.
10ml of pure essential turmeric oil cost around 18/20 euros .
Hidden and curative turmeric
Also used as a dye (E100), turmeric is already found in many unsuspected foods, such as cheese, yogurt, canned broths and mustards .
Loved in oriental cuisine, especially in India, turmeric is also considered a real "natural medicine" in traditional Chinese medicine and is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine.
The yellow rhizome is used as a natural supplement to counteract the body's inflammatory processes.
Depurative, turmeric stimulates the liver and gallbladder, is antioxidant and thins the blood, helping the elimination of fats, is in fact cholesterol-lowering.
Topically, it treats wounds, burns and insect bites. Purchased in purity it does not contain gluten .