You may use turmeric in your curries, but it’s good to know that it’s probably one of the oldest natural remedies ever.
Turmeric offers a wide range of benefits, and it’s a brilliant anti-inflammatory agent. It is added to many cosmetic products, recipes, and some people like to use it to heal their wounds, reduce pain/inflammation or even treat cancer.
Turmeric is available in several forms, and we’ll tell you how to get the best of it.
The essence of turmeric
Curcumin is one of the most powerful compounds in turmeric, but it isn’t the only goodness this spice contains. It’s also found in ginger and other healthy plants.
Turmeric offers numerous health benefits, and we give you some of them:
- Anti-inflammatory effect
- Anticancer power
- Allergy treatment
- Relieves arthritis pain
- Treats depression
- Controls diabetes
- Reduces the risk of heart attacks
Turmeric and inflammation
Inflammation is your body’s response to an ailment. It’s often severe and stubborn. There are two types of inflammation – acute and chronic.
Acute inflammation occurs after injuries, and it can escalate instantly. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is persistent and can bug you for months and years.
In most cases the inflammation leads to cancer, asthma, arthritis, obesity, heart disease, especially if it’s chronic.
Dr. Mercola explained that cancer and heart issues are nothing but a result of chronic inflammation that somehow “intoxicates” your body with free radicals.
Turmeric root and supplements
Turmeric supplements are only focused on curcumin. These will give you about 500mg of curcumin. A teaspoon of turmeric powder can only give you 15mg.
Ra turmeric is always a better option than turmeric powder, but some people can’t stand its taste. That’s probably one of the reasons people go for supplements.
Turmeric products contain essential oils.
Don’t use turmeric supplements in the following cases
- Pregnancy (supplements increase the risk of miscarriage)
- Conceiving issues
- Gallstones/Gallbladder disease
- Upcoming surgery (don’t take turmeric if your surgery is in two weeks)
- Aspirin and other medication that prevents clotting (turmeric increases bleeding and bruising)
- Stomach problems (turmeric causes irritation, nausea, diarrhea)
- Diabetes medication (turmeric triggers hypoglycemia)
- Anemia/Iron deficiency
According to a study from the University of Maryland’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide, there are specific guidelines for every form of turmeric:
- Cut root – 1.5-3 grams per day
- Powder – 1-3 grams per day
- Fluid extract (1:1) 30-90 drops per day
- Tincture (1:2) 15-30 drops, 4 times a day
- Standardized powder supplement: 400-600mg, 3 times a day
Add turmeric to your nutrition plan, and consider using other spices, too. Remember, moderation is the key of every success.