What are the different turmeric health benefits?
Turmeric is a yellowish culinary spice popular in Southeast Asia cuisine. It is rhizomatous herb or a herbaceous perennial plant with a bitter peppery flavor and smells like a mixture of ginger and orange peel.
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and grows in tropical climate while needing an abundant amount of rain for its nourishment. India and Pakistan are the largest producers of turmeric.
The spice form of turmeric has a deep orange yellow texture and is mixed in curry dishes enjoyed by people from Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Turmeric contains 5 percent of essential oils and 5 percent of curcumin which is a polyphenol. Turmeric also contains iron, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese and vitamin B6.
Turmeric just like many herbs has a lot of turmeric health benefits due to its antioxidant capabilities and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Slows down the spread of cancer cells. One of the many amazing turmeric health benefits is its capability to prevent progression of cancerous cells. It is capable of treating many kinds of cancer including breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia and lung cancer while destroying damaged body cells. Turmeric improves liver function to eliminate toxins in our body making it effective in treating cancer.
- Treats inflammatory and degenerative diseases. The phytochemicals found in turmeric are not only effective in battling cancer but also known to treat other disorders such as arthritis, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Prevents prostate cancer. Combined with cauliflower, turmeric can prevent prostate cancer.
- Relieves pain. Turmeric is a natural painkiller and a cox-2 inhibitor which makes it good for people with rheumatoid arthritis, polymositis, fibromyalgia and lupus. The compounds in turmeric have also been found to have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
Turmeric also prevents metastases of cancer cells, treat psoriasis and other skin conditions, aid in fat metabolism, prevent depression and help in weight management.
Recommended adult dosage of turmeric for adults is 1.5 to 3 grams per day of its root form and almost the same for its dried powdered root form.
You can also take 400 to 600 mgs of standardized powder of turmeric even for three times a day.
Fluid extract of turmeric can be taken for 30 to 90 drops a day.
Turmeric is also available in tincture such that 15 to 30 drops, four times a day is the recommended safe dosage.
Do’s and don’ts
Here are the do’s and don’ts when taking any natural or herbal remedies and supplements like turmeric:
- Don’t take large amounts of turmeric more than the recommended. It can cause stomach upset and in extreme cases, ulcers.
- Do ask your doctor before taking turmeric if you have gallstones or bile passage obstructions.
- Don’t take turmeric supplements if you are pregnant and breastfeeding.
- Don’t take turmeric if you are scheduled for surgery because turmeric acts as a blood thinner.
- Do remember that turmeric may also interfere with the potency of drugs that reduce stomach acid as well as to diabetes medications by which it might increase the risk of low blood sugar.