Turmeric, a Potent Anti-Inflammatory, and Antioxidant perennial herb. It is a native perennial plant to South West India and is a rhizomatous, herbaceous, related to ginger.
Most people are familiar with the yellow dried powder used in spicy foods such as curries, dye for monks’ robes and a colouring agent for some foods. Particularly used in mustards and pickles for its lovely yellowy colour.
The powder we know is prepared by boiling the root, which is identical to ginger only different by its orange colour. Then dried in a hot oven, and finally ground to the powder we know.
The most important compound in turmeric is Curcumin, which is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, also containing Manganese, Zinc, B Vitamins and Iron.
Because of it’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used effectively for many chronic conditions.
Many studies of the effects of curcumin have proven positive results especially surrounding arthritis and cancer. Most people taking curcumin on a daily basis had significantly improved these conditions.
Arthritis organisations are now recommending Turmeric, which in most cases proved positive during their trial.
A 2011 publication in the Journal of Cancer Prevention Research cited a 40% reduction in ACI (Abberant Crypt Foci) which are substances that can grow and spread cancerous cells. The patients were at a dose of 4g per day, as lower doses did not have any statistical effect.
When curcumin is added to food as a spice or colouring agent, the dose is not very high therefore the benefits are not as substantial as when taken as a supplement in a capsule or by the teaspoon in a drink.
I make tea steeping the root in hot water for 15 minutes, or I have it in a glass of non-dairy milk, or I make an immune booster adding fresh ginger, lemon, garlic, and honey.
I suggest you add some into your diet if you desire all-round good health.
Curcumin can interfere with blood-thinning drugs. Please check with your health care practitioner if you are on warfarin or anything like that before adding turmeric as a supplement.