What DOESN’T Turmeric Curcumin do might be the better question, and the shorter answer. This little plant, related to ginger, is a multi-purpose natural medicine that can be eaten, taken as a supplement, ingested in powder form, or even used on the skin.
So, how do you use it? What types of ailments and conditions does it help with? Keep reading and you will understand why I never miss a day with my Turmeric supplement.
Basic Knowledge Of The Cure-All Plant
Turmeric is a plant, rich and golden in color, that is used primarily in Indian and Asian cuisine, and for medicinal reasons. If you’re reading this, chances are you have seen or heard something about it, and you are wondering if Turmeric is really all its cracked up to be.
The short answer, yes. YES.
It comes in either its raw form, as a powder, or in capsules as a supplement. Because of its nutrient density (it is high in Fiber, Iron, and Vitamin C), it is highly esteemed in India and parts of Asia, and you will likely get a taste of it if you can get your hands on some traditional curry.
My mother grew up in Thailand, so curry was an every week thing in our home. If you have a palate for rich, savory dishes..you will probably want to try it in it’s powdered form in a recipe. If you like it…awesome..because it is a little easier absorbed when eaten as a food source, in combination with black pepper.
Turmeric has also made quite a name for itself in the field of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, as its active ingredient, Curcumin, is an extreme anti-inflammatory and possesses crazy good anti-microbial properties, as well.
Holding the potential to prevent and even cure such things as arthritis, colic, toothache, dermatitis, asthma, and allergies…Turmeric has rightly been referred to as “a medicine cabinet in a jar”.
Based solely on its anti-inflammatory qualities, the active in ingredient Curcumin can:
- Suppress and decrease the inflammatory response in people with IBD (such as Crohn’s Disease) by aiding in the production of digestive enzymes.
- Act as an allevient to the more than 250 million people to date suffering with Osteoarthritis by reducing the inflammation that cause pain and discomfort.
- Prevent such neurodegenerative diseases such as MS by regulating and inhibiting inflammation which is so common in autoimmune disorders.
- Alleviate and prevent skin conditions such as Skin Dermatitis and Psoriasis (p.s if you are a sufferer of psoriasis- I used to watch my dad itch until his entire body was irritated because of his psoriasis, so trying Turmeric may be worthwhile for you!) by reducing the associated inflammation.
- Decrease the induced histamines when one is suffering from allergies by more than 50%, and widen the very narrow passageways in the throat that are caused by asthma.
Basically, anything that you would take an anti-inflammatory for, Turmeric Curcumin is also effective for.
Elimination Of Free-Loading Free-Radicals
As far as its anti-oxidant qualities go, Turmeric Curcumin may:
- Assist in the prevention of cancer by reducing the free-radicals that the body takes in. In fact, in Southeast Asia, Curcumin is used in a holistic approach to treating cancer.
- Attack the free-radicals that come into contact with the skin (especially in high-pollutant areas), essentially slowing the aging process as a whole.
- Boost the immune system substantially. (I’m pretty sure I had the flu last week..but I only felt about half of the symptoms associated with it.)
I’m pretty pumped (and biased) by this one. Curcumin is said to boost the Serotonin and Dopamine in the brain…ultimately resulting in a decrease in symptoms in people suffering with anxiety and depression.
Personal testimony– Since beginning to take Turmeric in capsule form around the middle of last year, I have experienced a noticeable improvement in my overall outlook. I don’t feel as overwhelmed or down-trodden, and I feel as though I am so much more productive.
I have been taking a prescription medication as well, but have not had much success until recently, and the Turmeric has been in my system the entire time. So, there’s that 🙂
Cholesterol normalizing is also on the list with this all-encompassing plant.
Finally, to top it off, Curcumin is safe, being that it is non-steroidal (always check with a doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding), and is stronger than Cortisone.
How To Take It
First of all, I recommend using it in recipes or ingesting it in its powder form if you enjoy the taste. Whatever you are choosing to eat the Turmeric with, be sure to add some black pepper so that it can be easily absorbed into the system.
If you are suffering from a chronic condition, you can take as little as 1,000 mg per day, or with a more acute problem such as sharp pain from arthritis, up to 4 tablespoons of powder could be used, just be sure to experiment with a little at a time. Don’t overdo it.
Because of the spice-like, rich taste, Turmeric could blend well in coffee or latte, curry, golden milk, stew, soup, and stir-fry. Play around with it and discover how much or how little you like in your dishes.
Like stated above, you can also take a Turmeric supplement, just be sure that it includes black pepper for easy absorption- like this one.
It really is a plant of many uses and treatments, so the possibilities are quite endless.
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