Turmeric is a widely used spice and apart from giving a vibrant color to our recipes, it also offers many health benefits to children. If you are wondering how then consider reading this post.
The main ingredient in turmeric is called Curcumin, which gives turmeric the golden yellow color and also medicinal properties. It is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.
Benefits of turmeric for Kids
- Healing wounds and burns
If you have a kid at home, then you should be always prepared for bruises, wounds and minor burns. It is not always possible to avoid these, but we can always find easier ways to heal them. Turmeric has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties and works as a disinfectant. It kills the microbes to which the wound is exposed to, thus helps in healing and in the formation of fresh skin tissues. Turmeric also works as a natural painkiller and can be applied to sprains and swellings. Apply a paste of turmeric to the affected area for quick relief and rapid wound healing. You may also mix turmeric paste with coconut oil for faster results.
- Reduces allergies and asthma
We come across kids allergic to food items, medicines, insects, smoke, dust etc. Allergies may lead to infection, chest congestion, lung problems or even asthma. The curcumin present in turmeric acts as a decongestant, which reduces asthma symptoms by reducing inflammation. It reduces the accumulation of inflamed cells in the trachea, helps the muscles relax and prevents the airways from narrowing.
- Helps digestion
Being an anti-microbial agent, turmeric helps fight microorganisms. Several pieces of research have proved that turmeric has a calming effect on the digestive system and eases out the gas.
- Strengthens immune system
Work on improving your child’s immunity from an early age with the help of turmeric. Turmeric has the ability to increase the white blood cells that play a major role in fighting bacteria and viruses. It can boost immunity due to its compound, curcumin.
- Managing juvenile diabetes
Various studies suggest that turmeric lowers blood glucose levels and improves insulin production. Its antioxidant properties prevent children with juvenile diabetes from moving to type-2 diabetes.
- Reduces the chances of childhood leukemia
Leukemia is the cancer of white blood cells or bone marrow, where the unhealthy cells grows at a rapid pace and destroy the normal healthy cells. Curcumin has antioxidant, chemo-preventive, chemotherapeutic, and chemo-sensitizing activities which eases the damage to the chromosomes caused due to radiation therapy.
- Good for brain health and memory
Turmeric has neuroprotective properties and improves learning ability and memory. It is also proven to boost DHA levels in the brain.
- Helps fights Fever & Flu
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory agent and helps control fever. Germacrone, a compound obtained from turmeric oil helps in treating influenza infection. A mix of ginger, honey and turmeric is a great remedy for curing cough and colds.
- Speed up healing of bone fractures
Turmeric has bone-protective properties as it is excellent at influencing immune responses positively and helps heal bones faster and better. You can apply a paste of turmeric to the affected area for faster healing.
- Skin disorders
Turmeric is popularly used in herbal cosmetics to fight acne and eczema. Its anti-inflammatory activity and potential to destroy species that cause oxidative stress. Curcumin increases the level of detoxifying enzymes and helps in maintaining healthy skin.
Turmeric in the diet is the safest way to give your kids turmeric. You can add turmeric to curries or soups or include in rice preparations. You may also add turmeric to milk, smoothies or shakes as a coloring agent. It is best to consult your doctor to rule out any allergic reactions caused by turmeric. After reading its benefits, so what do you think, isn’t turmeric so much more than just an ingredient in flavoring curries!