Turmeric or Turmeric? See the differences and benefits of spices – 06/27/2022

Did you know that the Turmeric It’s the Saffron are they different spices? It is quite common for foods to be mixed. This is mainly because turmeric is also called turmeric. Besides the name, they are also similar in some nutrients and benefits.

However, turmeric belongs to the family of Ginger and is widely used in Asian cuisine, such as in curry sauce. The plant that gives rise to the spice comes from a perennial shrub typical of India, and is found today in various regions of the planet.

The “real” saffron comes from the stigmas of Crocus sativus. The spice has been used since antiquity, cultivated for over 3,000 years and is part of Mediterranean cuisine.

Other differences between spices are value and availability. Saffron is not easy to find and is considered one of the most expensive foods in the world, compared to the price of gold. Turmeric, on the other hand, can be purchased at markets and fairs at a very affordable price.

Next, learn about the main benefits of turmeric and turmeric and how to consume them.

You can also find turmeric in capsules.

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Benefits of turmeric

Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it contains important nutrients, such as vitamins C and B6 and minerals such as potassium, iron, manganese and calcium. And it is distinguished by phytochemicals, called curcuminoids, primarily curcumin.

Regular consumption of turmeric offers several health benefits. Below, see some benefits of including it in recipes.

It is a natural anti-inflammatory

Regular consumption helps reduce inflammation in the body. This is due to the presence of curcumin, a substance present in large quantities in the plant.

Acts as an antioxidant

Turmeric neutralizes the action of free radicals from the body. These harmful substances damage cells and contribute to the development of heart disease, cancer and other health problems. The presence of the spice’s antioxidants can prevent these conditions.

Improves brain function

Curcumin increases the levels of certain brain hormones and fights various degenerative processes, such as dementia. Hence, it benefits the brain by improving brain functions as well as memory.

Aid in muscle recovery

For those who practice regular physical activity, the consumption of turmeric is very beneficial, as it reduces oxidative stress in the muscles, accelerating their recovery. Therefore, the person is more willing to exercise.

It’s good for digestion

The spice also plays an important role in digestion as it can protect the stomach and reduce the risk of peptic and gastric ulcers.

Improves heart health

Curcumin has a beneficial effect on blood pressure, reduces cardiac hypertrophy and the risk of inflammation in the heart. The nutrient has also been identified as a reducer of excessive platelet buildup, which occurs in the blood when clots form. Therefore, it reduces the risk of heart attacks, for example.

control weight

Turmeric also helps with weight because it manages to inhibit inflammation in the body, increases fat burning in the body and regulates blood glucose levels. These factors can control the gaining of extra pounds.

Remember that it is important to emphasize that no single food has the power to lose weight in isolation; for this it is essential to maintain healthy eating habits and practice regular physical activity.

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real saffron flower

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benefits of saffron

True saffron is distinguished by the large amount of antioxidants in its composition. In addition to containing calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C.

So, like turmeric, turmeric can be used for weight management, reducing the risk of heart disease, and cancer and also improve brain function.

However, studies proving the benefits of saffron are still lacking. Some of the benefits of consumption include:

Contributes to mood

Consumption of the spice can alleviate symptoms of depression. It is known that women who suffer from PMS and who consume turmeric may experience fewer symptoms of irritability and anxiety.

can be an aphrodisiac

The turmeric supplement has been shown to be effective in reducing erection problems and increasing sexual desire and vaginal lubrication.

improves eyesight

The spice is beneficial for eye health, as it is for those who have Macular degenerationwhich affects the elderly and causes vision loss.

Risks and contraindications

Generally, turmeric and turmeric do not cause serious side effects. Indeed, most of the time, they are consumed in small quantities.

Rarely, some people may feel stomach painnausea, dizziness or diarrhea. However, these side effects are more common in those who consume excessive amounts.

No scientific research indicates the risks of consumption for pregnant and breastfeeding women. In these cases, the recommendation is to avoid the consumption of these spices before consulting a doctor.

In the case of turmeric, because it contains a substance called oxalate, in excess it can contribute to the appearance of kidney stones in susceptible individuals.

In addition, the spice contains potassium, and people with kidney failure find it difficult to eliminate excess of this mineral from the blood. Therefore, turmeric can be harmful for these people.

There are also those who are sensitive or allergic to curcumin. Cases of bleeding disorders have been reported. Finally, those using medications that alter the clotting process should use turmeric with caution.

how to consume

Spices are often used as ingredients in recipes in small amounts. Saffron can be found in specialty stores and some supermarkets as dried flower stigmas or powdered. Because it has a concentrated flavor, it must be diluted in water and it accompanies salty preparations such as rice and vegetables.

Turmeric can be found in root, powder, capsule, or tea form. When purchased as a root, the ideal is to consume one to two slices a day. The taste is more lemony and spicy.

Already in powder form, turmeric is easily found in markets and health food stores. In these cases, it is commonly used to season food. And the tea can be made with sliced ​​turmeric root or powder. There is also the version in capsules, which are used as supplements.

Source: Priscilla Pitmannutritionist at the civil servants’ hospital; Iseult Pradonutrilogist, director of Abran (Brazilian Association of Nutrology) and professor of nutrilogy at UEA (State University of Amazonas); Camila Padilhanutritionist at the Sírio-Libanês Hospital.

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