Turmeric is one of the most popular spices worldwide, and for a very good reason. Not only it adds unique color and flavor to most dishes, but it is the answer to a wide array of common ailments.  From healing wounds to alleviating indigestion, Indian and Chinese medicine have been using this spice since the 7th century A.D.  These days a massive research is being done to acknowledge the benefits this miraculous spice may have.

Turmeric is obtained from the dried rhizome of the plant and it is found in various forms, such as powdered spice, as tea, and as a capsule.

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General Facts

  1. Turmeric is grown throughout India and parts of Africa and Asia
  2. As mentioned in the introduction, it has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine since the 7th century A.D
  3. Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine used it to promote digestion and menstrual regularity, support liver function, alleviate arthritic pain, heal wounds, and relieve eczema
  4. Turmeric is a perennial plant which grows 5-6 feet high
  5. It has yellow, trumpet-shaped leaves
  6. Both the root and the bulb are used for medicinal purposes and for cooking
  7. The powdered spice is obtained from the dried rhizome of the plant
  8. It is a shrub related to ginger
  9. The spice should be replaced every six months
  10. The powdered spice has a warm, bitter taste and bright yellow color
  11. It can be added to color mustards and cheese as well as to enhance the flavor of stir fries and curry
  12. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and the curcumin content of turmeric is about 3 percent by weight
  13. Piperine boosts the bioavailability ( absorption) of curcumin by 2000 percent
  14. Curcumin is fat soluble, meaning that taking it along with a fatty meal is a good idea

Available as:

  1. Powdered spice
  2. Tea
  3. Capsule or tablet
  4. Tincture
  5. Fluid extract
  6. Paste or ointment

Recommended Dose of Adults

  1. Cut root: 1.5-3 grams, once a day
  2. Dried, powdered root: 1-3 grams, once a day
  3. Tincture: 15-30 drops, four times a day
  4. Fluid extract: 30-90 drops, once a day
  5. Standardized powder ( curcumin): 400-600 mg, three times a day

Health Benefits of Turmeric

  1. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, stimulates the production of bile, which in turn improves digestion
  2. According to one study, curcumin reduced symptoms like gas and bloating in those with indigestion
  3. It treats ulcerative colitis
  4. It helps people stay in remission, referring to ulcerative colitis
  5. It relieves pain and reduces inflammation in patients with osteoarthritis
  6. According to one study, people using turmeric along with zinc had less disability and pain
  7. Multiple studies suggest that turmeric has the ability to prevent accumulation of plaque that may block the arteries
  8. In a few animal studies, an extract of turmeric lowered bad cholesterol levels and increased the levels of good cholesterol
  9. A massive research is being done on turmeric`s anti-cancer potential, which is attributed to its antioxidant properties that protect against free radical damage
  10. Turmeric has been found to protect against breast, colon, prostate, and skin cancer
  11. Curcumin boosts the levels of BDNF, a hormone that stimulates the growth of new neurons and fights off different degenerative processes in the brain
  12. Curcumin positive affects a few factors known to play a significant role in heart disease. It boosts the function of endothelium and acts as strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent
  13. Curcumin has been shown to lead to a few improvements in the pathological process of Alzheimer`s
  14. According to a study involving 60 depressed patients, curcumin was as effective as Prozac in regard to relieving the symptoms of depression
  15. Curcumin helps delay aging
  16. Turmeric and its active ingredient fight off age-related disease

Side Effects and Cautions of Turmeric

  1. Long-term use of turmeric or taking it in high doses may cause diarrhea, indigestion, or nausea
  2. In animals, high doses of turmeric have caused liver problems
  3. Those suffering from gallbladder problems should stay away from turmeric as it may aggravate their condition

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Turmeric is one of the most popular spices worldwide, and for a very good reason. Not only it adds unique color and flavor to most dishes, but it is the answer to a wide array of common ailments.  From healing wounds to alleviating indigestion, Indian and Chinese medicine have...