Turmeric has been a popular spice in Indian cuisines for thousands of years. This is one of the main ingredients in the famous curry, enjoyed by millions.
You can recognize turmeric by its intense yellow color and vibrant orange hue. But this spice is more than just something to sprinkle into food, much more. The numerous health benefits of turmeric are now more celebrated than ever.
Turmeric, which actually comes from a plant root in southwestern India, has a high amount of iron, magnesium, sodium, potassium and zinc.
Making it great addition for a health diet.
So if you want to know the health benefits of turmeric, and how it can work for you, read on.
Benefits of turmeric
1. Turmeric and heartburn relief
Turmeric acts as a stomach tonic which stimulates the secretions of gastric and pancreatic juice and facilitates digestion.
This makes it highly beneficial for those who suffer from:
- slow digestion
- chronic gastritis
- lack of appetite.
The recommended dose is 500 mg powder, 4 times a day, although you can also fill empty capsules.
2. Helps to release gases
Being a carminative, turmeric helps to expel gas from the intestine. It also serves to relieve colic, thanks to components such as eugenol. Turmeric is well known for being good for those suffering from stomach atony, flatulence and acid dyspepsia.
3. Turmeric and liver boosting
Whether you are someone who has a healthy diet or not, everyone needs to look after their liver. Turmeric has a exceptionally good as a liver protector and tonic for the gallbladder.
It works by helping to eliminate bile stones, is anti-inflammatory and allows both drainage of the liver and emptying of the gallbladder.
- liver disease
- disorders in the gallbladder
To get the full benefit of turmerics liver healing properties, boil a liter of water with 20 grams of turmeric powder and let it stand for 12 hours. Filter it with a cloth and drink several times a day.
4. Turmeric and arthritis
Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis as well as those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, can take advantage of the anti-inflammatory properties of this spice.
Studies: Many recent studies revealed that turmeric, or curcumin, has anti-inflammatory properties. It is this element that modifies the immune system responses.
A 2006 study also showed that turmeric (1) is more effective at stopping joint inflammation altogether than reducing the inflammation.
In 2010 a clinical trial found that a turmeric supplement called Meriva (standardized 75 percent curcumin mixed with phosphatidylcholine) delivered long-term improvement in function and pain for 100 patients with knee OA.
Dosage: Capsules, the extract since this is more likely to be free of contaminants, or spice. For osteoarthritis: Capsule at typically 400 mg to 600 mg, three times per day; or 0.5 g to 1 g of the powdered root up to 3 g per day.
5. Turmeric heart benefits
Its components help reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides. In addition to a healthier diet, eating more fruits and leaving out unhealthy fats, doctors advise spicing with turmeric to prevent cardiovascular problems and diseases, such as heart attacks.
6. Turmeric health benefits and an antibacterial
According to several researches , this spice has antibacterial properties that are very successful in eliminating Gram-positive bacteria, such as those of the genus Staphylococcus.
7. Turmeric is also a natural antidepressant
For generations, one of the best known applications for turmeric in traditional Chinese medicine is to treat depression
Studies (among them, the one published by a team of researchers from the Department of Pharmacology of the Government Medical College, in Bhavnagar, in the current Phytotherapy Research magazine ) reveal that consuming turmeric extract or turmeric powder serves to stimulate the nervous system, but It also has effects on the immune system and mood.
Therefore, turmeric can help reduces stress levels and causes an increase in the production of serotonin, the “feel good hormone”. This can be used in patients with depression (emotional or seasonal) and other similar disorders.
8. An ally against bronchitis
Turmeric is a great ally of the immune system. This spice has an unbeatable capacity as an immunomodulator. Add it in times of stress , in winter and in testing stages prevents lower defenses and sickness (especially flu).
This spice has been used for centuries to treat bronchitis, since curcumin has a great antibronchial and anti-inflammatory action.
Its use is perfect for the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and is recommended in patients with respiratory problems, thanks to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibronchial actions. It is recommended to consume 500 mg of turmeric powder three times a day, at meals.
9. Turmeric for headaches
Turmeric is a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying . I adore Golden Tea which is a paste of ground turmeric, ground ginger, cracked black pepper, and raw honey.
Whenever I feel a migraine coming on or about to get worse, I place a teaspoon of this paste into a cup with hot water and a squeeze of lemon and just a dropper-full of feverfew extract. Drinking a cup of this golden tea takes the edge off my migraine for around two hours.
10. Want that glow? Try Turmeric for skin
Applied topically turmeric can be incredibly effective. Due to its anti-inflammatory attributes, turmeric can help treat skin conditions such as:
- leech bites
- eye infections
- inflammation of the oral mucosa
- infected wounds
- joint pain
11. Turmeric & Weight Loss
How to take turmeric
Piperine Increases the Absorption of Curcumin
The bad news is that curcumin in turmeric is poorly absorbed within the bloodstream. This means that even when you take the recommended dosages, you could still miss out on a lot of turmerics health benefits.
The good news is that adding black pepper can really aid this absorption. Research shows that the combination of piperine in black pepper and the curcumin in turmeric may increase curcumin absorption by as much as 2,000% (2, 7, 8).
There are a two theories on why this works.
Firstly, the piperine itself makes it easier for curcumin to pass into the intestinal wall and directly into your bloodstream (9).
The result is that when you combine curcumin with piperine, it increases its potential health benefits.
So take turmeric with a pinch of black pepper or find supplements with this vital combination.
What are the side effects associated with using turmeric?
According to tumericforhealth.com, safety precautions should be taken with oral turmeric supplements (which are highly concentrated) since this is not considered to be safe during pregnancy.
The reasoning oral supplements of turmeric should be avoided is because it may stimulate the uterus, thereby increasing the risk of miscarriage.
On the other hand, the University of Maryland Medical Center state that in low does turmeric is safe for pregnant women to consume, since it has a number of health benefits
Other side effects associated with Turmeric
1. Gastric discomfort may occur if you are not used to the spice and also at large doses of turmeric or curcumin. If taken on an empty stomach, Acid reflux like symptoms are possible.
2. It is possible to experience an allergic reaction to turmeric.
3. Turmeric is a natural blood thinner. Consult with a health practitioner if you are suffering from bleeding or clotting disorder before taking turmeric. Also turmeric supplements should be avoided when taking a blood thinner
4. Excessive turmeric could increase the risk of kidney stones. This is because turmeric is high in soluble oxalates which may bind to calcium, and form insoluble calcium oxalate.
So avoid taking excessive amounts of turmeric if you suffer or have suffered from kidney stones
Turmeric smoothie recipe – video
Our final word on the health benefits of turmeric
If you are serious about treating health naturally, turmeric is a must have. The best thing about this spice is that you don’t need to take it as a supplement, you can just remember to add it to dishes for flavor and health.
As mentioned before, to really access the healing properties in turmeric combine with black pepper.
I look forward to hearing about your results, let us know how turmeric has worked for you.