Turmeric is a great spice with powerful medicinal properties. It is mostly known as the main ingredient in curry. The root can be grated like ginger and used fresh or dry. Here’s a list of diseases the golden-colored spice can treat:
- Heart attack;
- Digestive problems;
- Alzheimer’s disease;
- Allergies and colds;
- Skin conditions and wounds;
Turmeric is often a part of natural cosmetic products that can do wonders for your skin.
Curry is a mix of spices that have numerous unique properties. The active ingredient of turmeric is called curcumin and is the most studied of all the compounds in the spice. According to several studies, curcumin can treat over 600 diseases and conditions.
The powers of turmeric
Turmeric contains 20 antibiotic compounds, of which 14 have anti-cancer properties, 12 are anti-inflammatory agents while 10 of them are also antioxidants.
Both curcumin and turmerone in turmeric can stimulate new neuron production and make the brain heal itself. This is especially helpful for traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric can treat arthritis when consumed or applied topically. The suggested dose is a capsule of 400-600 mg. 3 times a day.
Turmeric has powerful antidepressant properties that work even better than most antidepressants. The spice reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortical, while increasing the production of serotonin in the body. The spice can be consumed in fresh of supplement form, but it can also be mixed with other natural remedies for depression such as St. John’s Wort tea.
Turmeric targets cancer cells selectively and leaves the normal cells unharmed, effectively amplifying the effects of chemotherapy or radiation. According to Dr. SaraswatiSukumar, a well-known oncologist, consuming fresh turmeric is more beneficial against cancer than curcumin supplements.
The main problem with curcumin is that the compound isn’t fully bioavailable. In order to benefit from it, you need to increase its absorption by adding some black pepper in the spice and consuming the mixture. This will boost the absorption rate of curcumin by 2000% and will help you get its full health benefits.
Boiling turmeric for 10 minutes will increase curcumin’s ability for about 10 times. To prepare the tea, just add half a teaspoon of turmeric in a cup of water and simmer it for 10 minutes, then strain the tea and drink it warm. The taste of turmeric is very bitter, but the boiling process will eliminate the bitterness.
Here’s how to prepare a tasty cup of turmeric tea:
Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder
Half a cup of coconut milk
Half a cup of water
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Bring the water to a boil in a pot, then add the turmeric and simmer the tea for 10 minutes. In the end, add the coconut milk and oil and sweeten the tea with a teaspoon of honey.
Turmeric root is now easily available in almost all health stores and markets. The University of Maryland’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide suggests these daily doses of turmeric for adults:
- Freshly cut turmeric root – 1.5 – 3 gr. daily;
- Tincture (1:2 ratio) – 15-30 drops 4 times a day;
- Fluid extract (1:1 ratio) – 30-90 drops daily;
- Dried powdered turmeric root – 1 – 3 gr. a day.
For turmeric supplements, the recommended dose is 400-600 mg. a day. Find a product that has 95% curcuminoids and contains black pepper or piperinefor better absorption. Follow the instructions on the label if you’re unsure of the dosage.
Side-effects of turmeric consumption
There are no known side-effects of turmeric consumption, but turmeric supplements have some adverse side-effects. Avoid taking them if you’re pregnant, trying to conceive, if you’re suffering from gallbladder disease or a hormone-sensitive condition.
You should also avoid taking turmeric supplements if you’re scheduled for surgery, on blood-clotting or iron deficiency meds, or if you’re suffering from stomach problems. Turmeric supplements can also interfere with diabetes and stomach acid-reducing drugs.