What is turmeric?
Turmeric is a member of the family of ginger plants and is a native plant in southern Asian countries. It grows best in tropical climates and requires a lot of rain to thrive. It is a favorite spice grown for both culinary and medical purposes.
The primary part of the plant used is the part called the strain or rhizome. The strain is the part of the plant that grows underground like ginger and earthquake.
The spice of turmeric bought in powder form in the grocery store is produced by boiling the strain and then letting it dry. The strain is then ground down and packaged.
What characterizes turmeric is the dark yellow color that comes from the ingredient, curcumin. From turmeric, curcumin is extracted, which is used to give color to textiles, paper, wood and some food products.
Curcumin is also the substance attributed to many of the turmeric’s health characteristics.
It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects that can protect against specific forms of cancer. However, curcumin has additional properties that counteract disease that is independent of the anti-inflammatory properties and is, therefore, a topic that is highly researched to prevent and treat various types of cancer.
Other areas where curcumin has also shown the effect is to alleviate the cognitive decline associated with aging, reduce plaque in the arteries and reduce the risk of diabetes.
Curcumin is a real miracle ingredient.
Taking curcumin in the form of health supplements has a limited effect as the absorption is only a few percent of the amount consumed.
Turmeric in its entirety gives a better uptake of 6.9 times as much compared to pure curcumin. But by combining black pepper turmeric, you can increase the amount of curcumin with a whole 2000%. The active substance piperin in black pepper works in synergy with curcumin and improves absorption.
Turmeric’s use in Ayurveda
Turmeric has a historical use of Ayurvedic medicine that stretches 4000 years back in time. In Ayurveda, the plant is attributed several medicinal properties and is used to treat a variety of disorders.
You can read some of the features and treatment areas below.
- Strengthen the overall energy of the body
- Bleeding, clean out parasites
- Improve digestion
- Regulate menstruation
- Provide relief for gallstones
- Relieve arthritis
- Treatment of respiratory distress (asthma and allergies)
- Relieve cold symptoms
- Treatment of liver disease
- Reduce swellings
- Treatment of rheumatism
Several countries in southern Asia use turmeric to reduce the growth of bacteria in the treatment of cuts, burns, and bruises.