Turmeric is a perennial plant of the ginger family and is one of nature’s most powerful healers. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Turmeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it is one of the main ingredients in many curries. It has been used for centuries to help treat various health conditions.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Natural Pain Reliever – Turmeric is a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. Laboratory studies have demonstrated turmeric’s potency against virtually all primary inflammatory agents. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis reported significant pain relief when given turmeric in a clinical study.
Colds and Flu – While not a replacement for a flu shot, turmeric has been shown to be a natural preventative against many flu viral strains. As a natural protease inhibitor, turmeric interferes with the ability of the flu virus to replicate itself.
Digestion – Turmeric stimulates the production of gastric mucus, making it useful in assisting digestion and protecting against ulcers.
Antiseptic – Turmeric promotes wound healing. Because of its antiseptic and analgesic properties, turmeric can be applied topically to speed the healing of wounds.
Blood Sugar – Recent studies have shown that the antioxidant agents in Turmeric help reduce insulin resistance and help stabilize blood sugar levels. An extract prepared from turmeric root was found to have a hypoglycemic effect.
Weight Management – Turmeric is useful in weight management. Because it stimulates the metabolism of fat, turmeric has been found useful for combating obesity and promoting healthy weight loss. Curcumin in Turmeric powder has been found to help increase the flow of bile, an important component in the breakdown of dietary fat.
Although there is no official recommended daily allowance or RDA for turmeric, the typical or practiced dosage on a stand-alone basis is about 400 to 600 mg of curcumin daily.
Prolonged use of dosages that are higher than those recommended may trigger stomach and gastrointestinal problems and difficulties. Therefore, it should be avoided by people with gallstones or bile obstructions. If you are currently taking blood thinners (including Aspirin), or have any questions or concerns you should consult your doctor before taking Turmeric.