Turmeric

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Turmeric

 

Turmeric is from the ginger family and is popular in both India and China as a food and an herbal therapy. It is a root and can be found fresh like ginger, or ground into powder. You know turmeric from the yellow-orange color it has. It is used in cuisine for its health benefits, flavor, and color.

Health benefits:

–       Studies have shown turmeric, or curcumin (its active ingredient), to have an anti-inflammatory activity comparable to drugs like hydrocortisone and ibuprofen. However, unlike these drugs that may cause side-effects (ulcers, decreased white blood cells) curcumin has little toxicity.

–       Studies have shown that curcumin is also a powerful antioxidant. It can help protect against damage to cellular DNA, which may lead to cancer.

–       Curcumin has been shown to help the body destroy mutated cancer cells.

–       Although preliminary, curcumin has shown encouraging evidence that it helps fight tumors.

–       Turmeric may also be able to help prevent heart disease.

Turmeric has been used to treat conditions such as jaundice, menstrual difficulties, hypertension, colic, bruises, infections, and much more!

Selection:

If you purchase it whole, be sure it is crisp and free of blemishes. You can store it in the refrigerator after it is purchased for approximately 30 days. The color varies, but color does not indicate any superiority to other kinds. You can also get it as a powder. Keep it in a cool, dry area and it can last up to a year. Try to get organically grown where available.

Cooking tip:

Turmeric is often the chief ingredient in curries and chili powders. It can be added to any grain dish, and can accompany any dish that contains ginger.

Dose:

Dose greatly varies. Adults are usually suggested to take capsules anywhere from 450mg to 3g a day. As a tea, 1-1.5g steeped in 150ml of water for 15 minutes, twice a day.

Caution:

The yellow color of turmeric will stain clothes and skin if it comes in contact.

High dosages of turmeric may have side effects of nausea, diarrhea, and heartburn. Patients with liver damage, gallbladder problems, hypotension, and bleeding disorders should consult their doctor before taking turmeric.

 

This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.

 

Ref:

Li, Yanyan, and Tao Zhang. “Targeting Cancer Stem Cells By Curcumin And Clinical Applications.” Cancer Letters 346.2 (2014): 197-205.

Packiavathy, Issac Abraham Sybiya Vasantha, et al. “Inhibition Of Biofilm Development Of Uropathogens By Curcumin – An Anti-Quorum Sensing Agent From Curcuma Longa.” Food Chemistry 148.(2014): 453-460.

Kukongviriyapan, Upa, et al. “Curcumin Protects Against Cadmium-Induced Vascular Dysfunction, Hypertension And Tissue Cadmium Accumulation In Mice.” Nutrients 6.3 (2014): 1194-1208.

Healthline.com