Turmeric is the golden spice of India. It belongs to the ginger family (zingiberaeceae) and is a rhizome, an underground stem. The Turmeric stem turns into orange-yellow shade. India is the leading producer of turmeric and it is the most common culinary spice in Indian cuisine, with a fragrant aroma and slightly bitter taste. Turmeric is a good source of dietary fibre, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Iron, Potassium and Manganese.
Health Benefits Of Turmeric
Powerful Medicinal Properties
Turmeric is the most comprehensive and powerful herbal ingredient in Ayurvedic treatments and traditional remedies. The active ingredient has been found to be curcumin. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
Reduces Arthritis Pain
Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help ease inflammation and swelling in people with arthritis. Studies have found that the active compound in turmeric, curcumin - is effective in reducing pain in patients with osteoarthritis.
Contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, contributing to cancer prevention. Curcumin is anti-viral, anti-fungal and can help protect against cancer. The National Cancer Institutehas recognized curcumin as an effective anti-carcinogenic, or substance that helps prevent cancer.
Boosts the immune system
According to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science) curcumin in turmeric is known to have anti-inflammatory properties that helps boost immunity. The best way to reap the benefits is to mix turmeric with black pepper to increase the body's absorption greatly.
Turmeric is effective in lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) & helps reduce your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. Studies have found that a low dose of curcumin reduces LDL and total cholesterol levels.
Turmeric and its active organic compounds improves liver function and reduces toxicity level in the body. The antioxidant effect of turmeric is an ideal solution for liver ailments.
Curcumin helps with the pain occurring in PMS and alleviates mood changes and depression with its anti-inflammatory property.
A Word of Warning:
Even though turmeric does not have an allergic substance, it has certain side effects including nausea, dizziness or diarrhoea particularly if consumed in large quantities. So, it is best to consult a health care professional before including a powerful substance to your diet or supplement regiment, and remember to take it in moderation.