22 June, Kathmandu:
On Thursday, while addressing the National Assembly, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said that there was no need to panic, turmeric would heal Corona. After the Prime Minister made a long remark on the benefits of turmeric, he was highly criticized. In Nepal, social media heated up with the discussion of turmeric. People made trolls of turmeric and prime minister. The social media has been divided with the support and criticisms of Oli.
Though the prime minister is not totally wrong but his statement on turmeric in the National Assembly is somehow weird. Although there is no doubt that turmeric is a natural ingredient containing medicinal properties, no scientific evidence has been found so far to cure corona. But the compound called curcumin in turmeric boosts the immune function.
From time immemorial, we are consuming turmeric in our daily food, so it is easily found in our kitchen. Usually, turmeric is used for cooking, for protection against infections as well as for beauty as a cosmetic measure.
Benefits of turmeric
Ayurveda has described and used turmeric as a plant with medicinal properties. Medical science also considers it as the main source of vitamins and minerals. According to research, a person who eats turmeric regularly does not suffer from minor infections.
In case of sudden sore throat or body aches, drinking turmeric water provides a great relief. It also acts as an effective medicine for skin problems. Mixing turmeric with gram flour and a little honey and applying the paste on the face removes blemishes on the face. Similarly, it works on other skin problems like allergies, rashes etc. The essential oils extracted from turmeric oil evince antifungal properties and are active against respiratory tract viruses like flu. Daily consumption of turmeric reduces cell damaging effects on diabetics. Also, it works in digestion, in improving appetite and in improving liver functions.
Turmeric is rich in calories, Vitamin A, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron and other elements required by our body for proper functioning.
In the time of pandemic, turmeric is not a solution and it doesn’t cure the virus but helps in keeping our immunity up. Since, the world has not yet come up with any cure for COVID 19, taking turmeric as an immunity booster possibly helps to boost the immune system and to fight against infections.