Turmeric is a spice formed from a plant in the ginger family. It primarily grows in India, To obtain turmeric, the rhizome is pulled, soaked in water, and placed in a hot oven to dry. The remaining rhizome is ground into a fine powder, which we know as turmeric.
While turmeric is a staple spice in Indian cuisine, it only recently has begun to take off in the West and United States. Turmeric is very spicy and has a lot of nutrients and compounds that can help the human body.
Recent studies link Turmeric to several health benefits. Curcumin, one of the active ingredients in turmeric supports some of the proven benefits of turmeric which include:
Turmeric benefits include cancer prevention, improved brain function like Alzheimer’s and depression. Therefore, adding turmeric to your diet can lower the risk for these diseases. Slows the aging process: this is primarily due to the high concentration of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds found in turmeric.Turmeric has several anti-inflammatory compounds, which can directly eliminate the inflammation in the joints. It also has anti bacterial activity.
A recent review notes that curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body, meaning that its theoretical benefits may not actually apply when consumed.
The wisdom and scientific credentials of curcumin in the Ayurvedic and Chinese systems of medicine have been corroborated by numerous studies conducted over the past 30 years. These observations are also supported by epidemiological data suggesting lower incidence of chronic diseases in people from countries where curcumin is consumed.
Further clinical trials are needed to fully develop the potential of this “age-old NSAID”.
High doses of turmeric have been observed to cause; Nausea, Diarrhea, Hypotension (lowered blood pressure). People taking certain medications should also be careful when using turmeric in their food or supplementing with it. When taken in moderation there will not be any counter effects.