Turmeric is an orangey-yellow spice that comes from a root in the ginger family. It is the Spice that Ignites Your Body’s Astonishing Immune System. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory and immune supporting properties, 5 to 8 times stronger than vitamin E and stronger than vitamin C.
Composition: The most important chemical components of turmeric are a group of compounds called curcuminoids, which include curcumin (diferuloylmethane), demethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin.
Health benefits of Turmeric
- Anti-inflammatory properties: Inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases that cause our health to deteriorate. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, helps to reduce inflammation in the body, can help in protecting against cancer, reduce swelling, heal wounds, increase mental clarity, enhance intestinal health and regulate metabolism.
- Rich in anti-oxidants: The high anti-oxidant composition helps in protecting the cells against free radical damage, thus helping in slowing down the ageing process.
- Thermogenic properties: Turmeric naturally boosts your metabolism to help you burn calories. Research in the European Journal of Nutrition suggests that, “curcumin may be useful for the treatment and prevention of obesity-related chronic diseases.”
- Anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties: Turmeric could help in protecting you from food bourn bacterial illnesses.
- It may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Increased accumulation of a protein known as amyloid in the brain leads to a disease known as Alzheimer. Curcumin can prevent this disease by making sure that amyloid does not accumulate.
- Turmeric helps to alleviate depression symptoms by increasing serotonin and dopamine levels.
- It’s used to help treat many health and medical conditions including neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gastric ulcer and osteoarthritis.
How To Use Turmeric
One can use turmeric in different ways. It can be added in
- Salad dressings
- Sprinkle on meats, eggs,
- Lentils and dals
Turmeric is very safe but it should not be taken in large amounts as it might lead to stomach upset, cramps and even diarrhea. Ideally turmeric should be consumed around 500 mg (.5 grams) to 1 gram (1000 mg) per day. Studies have shown that it’s safe to consume upto 3.6 grams (3600 mg) per day of curcumin extract.