Sep 09, 2020

Prevention is always better when there is no cure for certain viral infections like Covid-19. In the wake of this pandemic that has shook the world, building immunity is the only way out to minimise the chances of catching the virus.

Nature's remedies work better in the long run. And for over thousands of years, medicinal uses of turmeric have been mentioned in Ayurveda texts. This golden spice is known for its remarkable remedies and immunity boosting properties. In addition to being the basic ingredient in every dish, turmeric anti-inflammatory properties make this herbal root one of the best curing remedies for arthritis.

Since ages, a warm glass of milk with a pinch of turmeric has been proven and tested as a quick remedy for cold and sore throat. This ancient healing drink has today become popular in the West, as turmeric latte. This humble root has come a long way as a wonder spice that can provide health and nutrition in the same measure. Of late, it has seen a surge in its demand and usage because of the health benefits of turmeric in fighting various infections and building immunity from within.

Anti-infection, antioxidant properties of turmeric

Let us delve deep into the host of medicinal benefits of turmeric. 

The anti-infection properties present in turmeric help fight against harmful bacteria besides activating the body's antioxidant enzymes. The antibiotic and antioxidant properties present in Curcumin, the key component of turmeric, help in curing ailments related to kidneys, eyes and diabetes. Turmeric combines the benefits of mineral salts and Phytin phosphorus in considerable amounts.

Research reports indicate that the antioxidants present in the root helps prevent cancer. Its component lipopolysaccharide builds immunity and provides relief from cold and heart ailments. Ayurveda mentions the three energies in the human body (doshas) namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha all of which must coexist in harmony for a healthy body. Turmeric plays a vital role in balancing these energies. 

According to the Ministry of AYUSH recommended self-care measures in building immunity, turmeric plays a significant role. While there is no medicine so far to cure Covid-19, we can follow preventive measures by boosting our immunity during these tough times.

Here are a few effective guidelines by the Ministry of AYUSH, based on Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications.

  • Drink plenty of warm water.

  • Use spices like turmeric, cumin in cooking.

  • Practice yoga, pranayama.

  • Drink herbal tea made of tulsi, black pepper, dry ginger, raisin and lemon juice.

  • Drink hot milk with a pinch of turmeric, twice a day.

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