A lot is being spoken about increasing your immune power. And that’s right! Boosting your immunity is the need of the hour. Whether it is climate change, exposure to pollutants and allergen or invasion of novel pathogens – you need to be strong to fight them off. If you have a robust immune system, you will be ready to fight such attacks.
For most of the illnesses, your immunity decides how the invasion will affect you. People with a weak immune system are at greater risk of infections and their complications. Hence, the best way to stay healthy and be prepared for any attacks is to boost your immunity.

Curcumin for Your Immunity

When it comes to immunity, it reminds us of a long-known home remedy – turmeric. The main active compound in turmeric is curcumin, which has tremendous medicinal benefits. It is known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-necrotic and healing properties. While many fruits, vegetables, nuts, and spices, are known to give your good health, turmeric tops the list for its healing properties.

Since ancient times, turmeric is used for various purposes that include preparing food, cleansing, wound bandaging, for beauty enhancement and as a home remedy. Curcumin, owing to its healing properties has a variety of uses ranging from adding it to food, as a preservative to store dried vegetables or in pickles and as an ancient cure for cold and cough.

As curcumin can boost your immunity, it is popularly used for healing of wounds even today. For injuries, you need to heal your wounded part as well as activate your immune system for better healing. Curcumin helps in both – turmeric powder can be used to apply over the injured part in the form of a paste, while turmeric can also be taken in the form of food or drink.

Curcumin – A MUST Add To Your Cooking

Turmeric is not just a golden spice, it means that you have real gold in your kitchen. That is because there is nothing more precious than good health and curcumin can boost your immunity and keep you in the best of your health. Food is an essential part of your life, for adequate energy and strength. While you want to add the best and the healthiest ingredients to your food, you also look for colour and flavour. Considering all these aspects, turmeric proves to be the most essential and healthy ingredient to have in your diet. Thus, with the golden colour, vibrant flavour and a host of health benefits, curcumin is a must add to your cooking.

The most popular way of adding curcumin to your cooking is by preparing turmeric milk. A well-known home remedy, used since ancient times, turmeric milk or ‘Haldi Doodh’ is believed to cure most of your inflammatory complaints. The antibacterial and antiviral properties in it make it a great ancient cure for mild cold or cough. The anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric milk can provide relief from symptoms of inflammation due to wound, arthritis and joint pain. With all the medicinal properties, turmeric milk is a great way to boost your immunity.

Some people prefer having turmeric milk regularly as a part of the daily diet, to stay healthy and stay strong. To prepare turmeric milk, heat milk and add turmeric powder to it. You can add ground pepper and cinnamon too. After heating the milk, you can add some honey for taste.
While this is a famous ancient Indian home remedy for better healing and immunity, it is now becoming increasingly popular in Western countries too. Many people have started enjoying turmeric milk, better known as ‘Turmeric Latte’ more than any other drink. It is a warm, nourishing and antioxidant-packed drink that can spice up your immunity and give you good health.

Apart from this, there are various ways in which you can add curcumin to your cooking. Turmeric is most commonly used in the ground form as it can be easily added to food preparations. Curries, rice, soups, teas, snacks, cakes, cookies and almost anything you cook – add turmeric, add good health to your dish. Turmeric is also used in fresh form. Being a root, fresh turmeric is loaded with the medicinal properties that can strengthen your immune system. Fresh turmeric is used to make pickles and chutneys which are not only flavourful and colourful but also nutrition-packed for good health.

Thus, we have seen that building strong immunity is the best way to stay healthy and ward off infections. As curcumin present in turmeric is a great anti-oxidant, with a host of other medicinal benefits, it is a must add to your cooking. Apart from adding curcumin to your food, it is also available in the form of supplements. These are best taken with medical advice, depending on your health condition.

Here, we looked at some ways of adding curcumin to your diet, in the next blogs, we will discuss more turmeric recipes in the forthcoming blogs.

Dr Snehal Singh