In traditional herbal medicine Turmeric is known as the “warming plant”.
Turmeric is extracted from the root of the Curcuma Long Plant Native to Indian. The active ingredient of Turmeric is called Curcumin. Turmeric is named after the Latin “Terra Merita’ which refers to the yellow/orange pigment found in earth. There is evidence that “army doctor” Dioscorides used turmeric to treat his patient in Ancient Greece.
Turmeric is absorbed best when taken with Black pepper. Black pepper makes Turmeric 2000 times more bioavailable. Turmeric is rich in manganese, iron, copper, potassium, and B vitamins.
Here are certain benefits of Turmeric :
- Turmeric can help to prevent cancer, one 2013 study stated “the chemo-protective effects of curcumin highlights its therapeutic value in the treatment and prevention of a wide range or cancers.
- Turmeric can be used to enrich the skin. It is tradition that brides and grooms apply turmeric to their skin in preparation for the wedding.
- Turmeric has been linked to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. One study looked at turmeric packed curry consumption and correlated it against the results of a memory exam. Those that rarely ate curry fared poorly in the test of memory.
- Turmeric is championed as one of nature’s best anti inflammatories. turmeric inhibits the work of Cycloxegenase 2 (COX-2), which causes inflammation. Studies have shown that curcumin reduces joint inflammation by up to 78%.
- Turmeric has been linked to improved cardiovascular health. Coronary bypass patients were given 4g of curcumin or placebo doses before and after surgery. They found that these consuming curcumin had a 65% reduced risk of having a cardiovascular event.
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