Where do we even start?
The benefits of turmeric are mind-blowing and seemingly endless.
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and is native to Southeast Asia. People have used turmeric as a cooking and coloring agent for thousands of years in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan. It has also been a staple of Ayurvedic medicine due to its many health benefits.
Additionally, turmeric is used in curries, teas, soups. It’s so versatile that it can be incorporated in almost any other dish. Though turmeric is a spice, its relative mildness (compared to spices like cayenne) make it a versatile ingredient.
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Turmeric actually consists of many curcuminoids, but curcumin is the principle curcuminoid in turmeric. So any information regarding curcumin directly applies to Turmeric. In fact, many scientific studies focus specifically on curcumin.
The Benefits of Turmeric
Note: Every benefit is linked to a corresponding study
- Turmeric is anti-inflammatory
- Turmeric works as well as anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the side effects
- Turmeric is a potent antioxidant
- Turmeric improves brain function
- Turmeric lowers risk of heart disease
- Turmeric helps prevent (and maybe cure) cancer
- Turmeric helps treat Alzheimer’s disease
- Turmeric helps with arthritis
- Turmeric fights depression
- Turmeric detoxifies the liver
- Turmeric has antibacterial and antifungal properties
- Turmeric has been shown to correct cystic fibrosis defects
- Turmeric is therapeutic for burn pain and wound healing
- Turmeric is a natural painkiller
- Turmeric has been shown to help with neurodegenerative diseases
- Turmeric alleviates inflammatory bowel disease
- Turmeric can help promote weight loss
- Turmeric can reverse Type 2 Diabetes
- Turmeric has been shown effective against skin-related disorders
- Turmeric is an anticoagulant (prevents blood clotting)
More About Turmeric
- Turmeric is also known as Indian Saffron, Indian Curry and Curry extract.
- Taking turmeric with black pepper has been shown to increase the bioavailability of turmeric by as much as 154%. So take black pepper with turmeric to increase absorbability and maximize its effectiveness.
- Turmeric is widely known as the golden spice of India.
- India produces 90% of the world’s turmeric. The city of Erode in India is the world’s largest producer of turmeric. Erode is also known as “Yellow City” or “Turmeric City.”
- Turmeric paste is used as a home remedy for sunburn.
- Turmeric is used as a dye for coloring various fabrics.
- Turmeric is the ingredient many curries that creates a vibrant yellow color.
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