Aside from the holistic health community, Western medical practitioners have only recently come on board in recognizing the benefits of turmeric.
Turmeric has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, and while it is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry, it also gives ballpark mustard its bright yellow color.
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. It was traditionally called “Indian saffron” because of its deep yellow-orange color and has been used throughout history as a condiment, healing remedy and textile dye.
Turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties.
It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Due to all these factors, turmeric is often used to treat a wide variety of health problems:
Multiple researchers have found that the active components in turmeric makes it one of the best protectors against radiation-induced tumors. Turmeric can help prevent prostate cancer, stop the growth of existing prostate cancer and even destroy cancer cells. It also has a preventive effect against tumor cells such as T-cell leukemia, colon carcinomas and breast carcinomas.
Turmeric’s antioxidant property destroys free radicals in the body that damage body cells and it´s anti-inflammatory properties are great for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition,It has been found that those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who consume turmeric on a regular basis experience much relief from the moderate to mild joint pains as well as joint inflammation.
Prevents Liver Disease
Turmeric is a kind of natural liver detoxifier. The liver detoxifies the blood through the production of enzymes and turmeric increases production of these vital enzymes. These vital enzymes break down and reduce toxins in the body. Turmeric also is believed to invigorate and improve blood circulation. All of these factors support good liver health.
Reduces Cholesterol Level
It is a known fact that high cholesterol can lead to other serious health problems. Research has proven that using turmeric can reduce serum cholesterol levels. Maintaining a proper cholesterol level can prevent many cardiovascular diseases.
Turmeric contains a substance known as lipopolysaccharide, which helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system. A strong immune system lessens the chance of suffering from colds, flu and coughs.
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be used as an effective disinfectant. If you have a cut or burn, you can sprinkle turmeric powder on the affected area to speed up the hea
ling process. Turmeric also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Many key components in turmeric stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile, which then improves digestion and reduces symptoms of bloating and gas. Turmeric is also,helpful in treating most forms of inflammatory bowel disease including ulcerative colitis.