Turmeric, is a herbaceous plant of the Zingiber?ceas family, native to the south-west of India.? Preventive properties against cancer and cholesterol are attributed to it.
Turmeric is a plant with long, shiny leaves up to 1 meter tall and has long, deep orange or yellow roots.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
- To promote the expulsion of bile.
- Neuroprotective against cognitive or memory defects.
- Bactericidal and antiviral.
- Healing agent.
- Eliminate fungi more effectively than cloves or oregano.
- It is an antioxidant, sweeps free radicals from the body.
- Reduces cholesterol in the blood.
An irreplaceable ingredient in curry, turmeric is more than an aromatic spice, as it helps care for the heart, liver and joints, and represents promising hope in the fight against cancer.
Turmeric has been revealed as a prodigious plant, behaving like a general balm on our health, acting on various fronts. It has been attributed anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, choleretic, digestive, carminative, hepatoprotective, lipid-lowering, liver detoxifying, anti-ulcer, cardioprotective virtues and, in some sources, it is also indicated as anti-tumor. Liver, heart, digestive system, immune system and skin are the great beneficiaries of possible turmeric treatments.
Turmeric helps you digest food well, relieves the feeling of bloating, dyspepsia or indigestion and prevents the formation of gases and flatulence.
It has been indicated as a natural substitute for certain synthetic anti-ulcer drugs to relieve gastric and gastroduodenal ulcers.
It acts as an excellent stomach and intestinal anti-inflammatory, very suitable in case of gastritis and gastroenteritis, but also as a support in the treatment of pancreatitis and irritable colon.
It improves and stimulates the production of bile due to its high choleretic effect, and favors the metabolism of fats. Curcumin, which is not soluble in water, has a great lipophilic capacity of fat absorption?, which are metabolized without problems and excreted with the faeces.
It is useful to help lose weight, again because of its ease in mobilizing fats and metabolizing them. Curcumin, assimilated in the diet, can limit the extension of fatty tissue, inhibiting the growth of new blood vessels or angiogenesis, and therefore it is included in weight loss therapies.
Turmeric is a good ally in case of various rheumatisms, such as arthritis and arthrosis, with the advantage that, unlike other anti-inflammatories, it does not cause damage to the gastric mucosa.
It is attributed a moderate lipid lowering effect, which can help lower LDL cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels.
Due to its antioxidant power and as a platelet antiaggregant, turmeric, consumed on a regular basis, can prevent the appearance of heart ailments, such as strokes and arteriosclerosis.
Curcumin and other active ingredients in turmeric offer protection against attack by free radicals, stopping cell oxidation in vital organs such as the kidney, liver or heart.
Turmeric extracts have been tested in anti-tumor treatments, to reduce the appearance of cancer cells in the skin, mouth and intestines for their antioxidant capacity. It has been used as a complement to chemotherapy, by enhancing the efficacy of certain antitumor drugs. Various scientific studies have been published in this regard, and there is still a long way to explore.
Turmeric as a spice, due to its intense flavor, can be a good help for people affected by neurological disorders to enhance the sense of taste, which may be diminished.
How to take it
The most commonly used part of turmeric is the powder that comes from its root to flavor meals, however, its leaves can also be used in the preparation of some teas.
- Turmeric capsules: generally the recommended dose is 2 capsules of 250 mg every 12 hours, totaling 1 g per day, however, the dose may vary according to the problem to be treated;
- Turmeric Gel: Mix one tablespoon of aloe with the turmeric powder and apply to the regions of the skin that are inflamed, as occurs in psoriasis; and
- Turmeric infusion: Place 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder coffee in 150 ml of boiling water and let it steep for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then you should let it warm, drink up to 3 cups a day between meals.
Possible side effects
The side effects of turmeric are related to its excessive use, and can cause stomach irritation and dizziness.
Despite having various health benefits, turmeric is not recommended for people who are taking blood-thinning medications and in individuals who have bile duct obstruction from gallbladder stones. Turmeric should be used only under medical guidance if pregnancy is suspected or in pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Never take it before surgery, as it can affect blood clotting. If you take medications to treat circulation, heart or varicose veins problems, it is better to consult your doctor beforehand. It is not a suitable root for children under the age of three. Finally, if turmeric is used as a cosmetic remedy, it should be borne in mind that it will leave the skin somewhat yellow for several days.