Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its characteristic golden yellow colour, but did you know that it is also nutritionally rich, and a traditional anti-inflammatory? Read on to find out more about the health benefits of turmeric.
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has tough brown skin and deep yellow-orange flesh. It has been used for centuries in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as a strong anti-inflammatory to treat a wide range of conditions including, but not limited to, flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, haemmorhage, toothaches, bruises, chest pain, and colic.
Turmeric is a great source of iron and manganese. It is also rich in vitamin B6, dietary fibre, and potassium. The volatile oil in turmeric is a significant anti-inflammatory, but even more potent than the volatile oil is the yellow-orange pigment which is called curcumin. Studies have shown curcumin to be comparable to strong drugs such as hydrocortisone, as well as over the counter anti-inflammatory agents. However, unlike these drugs, curcumin does not produce toxicity within the body. Curcumin also provides the body with curcuminoids, which are believed to be antioxidant, and antibacterial, as well as being anti-inflammatory.
Turmeric has been used to help with the following conditions:
Turmeric also lowers histamine levels in the body, protects against free radical damage, protects the liver against certain toxins, and improves circulation by stopping the blood platelets from sticking together.