List upon list have been created about turmeric. It has become one of the most searched for food terms/words in 2016 (apparently, a researcher told me this, so you know stats, etc.)
I found out about Turmeric about two years ago. As a joint pain sufferer I was keen to give ANYTHING a go to help alleviate the daily pain and was also hoping that if it worked it might help my mum (its a hereditary condition thing we have going on). I incorporated golden milk into my nightly routine and my mum decided to use curcumin supplements and we both found it helped alleviate the pain. Since then I have used turmeric to help support my immune system, fend off colds and flu, improve my mood, lift headaches, reduce blood pressure, contribute to weight loss and get rid of indigestion!
In case you hadn’t already discovered about turmeric, here are a few small bits of information for you. It is native to Asia and a member of the ginger family. You may be more familiar with it as a yellow powder in your spice rack, it comes from a root, and looks a bit like a red ginger type of thing. It’s most commonly used in Indian food so pretty much any curry you have had on a Friday night has had turmeric in it, it gives food a vibrant flavour and colour!
Now for some science (caveat: I am not a nutritionist nor am I a scientist or doctor, the following information is well researched and available online) – the main active compound in turmeric is called curcumin (not to be confused with cumin) and it is this that has all the properties that so many people are raving about: antioxidant, micronutrient, anti-inflammatory, protective properties and has high concentrations of iron, manganese, potassium, Vitamin B6 and fibre.
In order to benefit from all these amazing properties the curcumin needs to be made absorbable (bioavailable) and the best way is to combine turmeric with black pepper, which boots its assimilation significantly. It is also more effective when dissolved in oil, which carries the compound to the bloodstream.
So what can this wonder root do for you? Below is a list of some claims I have found on t’internet. Please note, none of these are claims I am making, neither is turmeric a replacement for standard treatments but might be worth considering to complement treatments and you should always speak to your doctor if you have symptoms which concern you.
- Inflammation and joint pain/arthritis
- Weight loss
- Improves immune system
- Antioxidant properties
- Anti-carcinogenic properties
- Improve liver health
- Lowers cholesterol
- Improves heart health and helps reduce blood pressure
- Facial hair removal
- Spot cures
For information on the above claims, details on precautions and more see http://www.healthbeckon.com/turmeric-benefits/
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