Tuesday November 12, 2019

Why Turmeric is Crowned as ‘Queen of the Kitchen’?

Turmeric is called “kringhana” in Sanskrit which means 'germ killer’

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Turmeric Latte is hot milk mixed with turmeric, coconut oil, maybe a bit of honey. Pixabay

BY MADHU ARORA

Turmeric has been proclaimed a superfood, a health booster and it is popping up on cafe menus recently as the “golden latte” or as “turmeric latte”. It is hot milk mixed with turmeric, coconut oil, maybe a bit of honey.

An essential ingredient in Indian cooking turmeric is crowned “the queen of the kitchen”. This bright orange-yellow rhizome powder is adored in India for its antiseptic and purifying properties. Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Hindu Council of Australia

Turmeric can help detoxify the liver, balance cholesterol levels, fight allergies, stimulate digestion, boost immunity, control diabetes and enhance complexion. For an abrasion, bruise or traumatic swelling, turmeric paste may be applied locally.

Turmeric is called “kringhana” in Sanskrit which means germ killer’. Its antiseptic properties also help to combat throat infections. Gargle with 1⁄2 tsp turmeric and 1⁄2 tsp sea salt in a glass of warm water, 2-3 times a day. In India turmeric is used in face masks and creams to counter skin infections, blemishes and burns. A great face mask can be made using – 1 Tbsp chick pea flour, 1⁄2 tsp turmeric powder, 1⁄2 tsp sandalwood powder, 1 tsp rose water and 1 Tbsp yogurt or water. Make a paste of these ingredients and apply to the face, neck and arms. Wash off after 10-15 minutes for clear, smoother and softer skin.

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY HINDU COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA

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Obesity And Smoking: Roadblocks In Arthritis Treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease

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Obesity And Smoking Becomes Roadblocks In Arthritis Treatment
Obesity And Smoking Becomes Roadblocks In Arthritis Treatment, Pixabay

Obesity in women and smoking among men could be major factors behind not achieving remission in rheumatoid arthritis, despite early treatment, researchers say.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints, causing pain and disability and can also affect internal organs.

The study showed that though early identification and aggressive treatment improve arthritis outcomes, six per cent of women and 38 per cent of men did not achieve remission in the first year despite receiving guideline-based care.

“Our results suggest that lifestyle changes — smoking cessation in men and weight reduction in women — as well as optimising methotrexate use may facilitate rapid reduction of inflammation, an essential goal of treatment in early rheumatoid arthritis,” said Susan Bartlett, professor of Medicine at McGill University in Canada.

The study, published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, included 1,628 adults with an average age of 55.

The analysis highlighted that obesity more than doubled the likelihood of not achieving remission in women.

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obesity, Pixabay

In men, current smoking was associated with 3.5 greater odds of not achieving remission within the first year.

Further, almost all patients within the study were initially treated with conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARDs), with three quarters being treated with methotrexate.

Analysis demonstrated that not using methotrexate significantly increased the likelihood of not achieving remission in women by 28 per cent and in men by 45 per cent.

Also read: drug free compound can ease arthritis pain

“These results highlight the need to support physicians and empower patients to take advantage of the impact lifestyle changes can have on disease progression,” Johannes Bijlsma, President, European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), said in a statement. (IANS)