White turmeric or zedoary is also an ancient spice. In Tamil it is known as ‘Poolankizhangu’. White Turmeric root resembles ginger in its shape and size. Each rhizome, or underground stem, is multi-branched with nearly transparent, pale-brown skin that will darken with maturity. Each rhizome and off-shoot can measure anywhere from 5 to 12 centimeters long. The flesh is a pale ivory to light yellow and has an aroma that combines unripe, green mangos and ginger with the earthiness of a carrot. White Turmeric root has a bitter flavor and has a mild pungency very similar to ginger.
A)Fights Respiratory Problems:
In Ayurveda, an excess of kapha dosha is due to fluids like phlegm and mucus building up in the lungs and other areas of the body. Phlegm and mucus block the nasal passages and lead to breathing difficulties and respiratory disorders like cold, asthma, and cough.
B)Anti Inflammatory Property:
White turmeric bears several anti-inflammatory properties which help to treat inflammation, mostly for arthritis victims.
C)Reduces High Cholesterol:
White turmeric powder consumption is very good for people suffering from high cholesterol levels as it reduces LDL levels and increases HDL levels. In a study of people who were asked to regularly consume white turmeric powder for about 6 months, LDL dropped by 5.6 % and HDL level increased by 6% which is amazing!
D)Anti Microbial activity:
Extracts of tubers show potent anti-microbial activity against E.coli, S.aureus, Cornyebacterium species, Candida sp, Aspergillus sp. etc.Research found that anti-microbial action of C. It is powerful as that of commercial mouth rinses in inhibiting growth of oral pathogens.It’s anti-fungal activity is effective in terminating growth of drug resistant fungal species. It also prevents growth of amoeba, Entamoeba histolytica and also exerts larvicidal effect against mosquitoes.
E)Anti Cancer Property:
White turmeric has been traditionally used for cancer treatment and this traditional use has been proven to be true. A study proved that it is cytotoxic to gastric, breast and ovarian cancer cells. The compound that is responsible for it’s anti cancer properties is curcuzedoalide. The water extract of white turmeric has been proven to be effective in preventing many cancers!
F)Full of Antioxidants:
White turmeric consists of several anti-oxidants, thus it inhibits production of free radicals. Free radicals destroy cells of the body and cause further harm. The compound named as curcumin plays the role of anti-allergen. It thus prevents the release of chemicals that cause allergic reactions.
G)Fights Skin Problems:
White turmeric is amazing to use for skin care and regular use heals almost all skin problems. For minor wounds and scrapes, if we just apply white turmeric poultice, it will helps heal the wound faster. For acne, try using white turmeric face pack daily for a few days, it will help both treat and prevent acne.
H)Anti Ulcer Property:
Traditionally the water extract of the root is used for treating stomach ulcers. White turmeric root powder has been used in Unani system of medicine for treating ulcers. This is because white turmeric reduces the volume of gastric juice, gastric pH, acid content and ulcer index significantly and has been proven to be as effective as prescription medications for ulcers!
Extracts of the rhizome are proven to have painkiller activity in model of abdominal spasms and compounds- curcumenol and dihydrocurdione contribute to its analgesic activity.
J)Anti Allergic Property:
Another important medicinal use of white turmeric is it’s anti allergic properties. If you are suffering from allergies regularly, try consuming a cup of white turmeric tea. It will help reduce the allergy very quickly. This is due to curcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin found in white turmeric.
All the plants in zingerberaceae family have larvicidal properties and white turmeric is no exception. The essential oil extracted from white turmeric is a wonderful natural mosquito repellent. You can include it in homemade mosquito repellent blends or you can just add few drops of the essential oil to diffusers to keep mosquitoes at bay.
L)Helps in Digestion:
White turmeric can be used to resolve digestive problems, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract. It may also help aid flatulence, irregular bowel movement, indigestion, etc.