More than just a spice in your curry, Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant and is also known as the “Indian Saffron” for it’s deep yellow-orange colour. That famous yellow coloured Turmeric is what makes the mustard for your hotdog yellow, but before it made it to North American it has longed served many uses in Indian and Chinese traditional medicine. The spice belongs to the ginger family and is a relative to the saffron spice.
Rich in manganese, iron, vitamin B6, fiber, copper and potassium Turmeric is packed with benefits that make it a key powerful anti-inflammatory agent.
7 Health Benefits of Turmeric
- Research shows that curcurmin has aided in preventing acute liver damage and even reversing cirrhosis.
- Prevents development of Type 2 Diabetes in those with a diabetic disposition.
- Promoting weight loss by suppressing the activity and number of immune cells in fat tissue called macrophages. These are the cells that are responsible for an increase in insulin resistance in muscle and liver, which stores sugars as fats in the body. Turmeric ultimately helps balance blood sugar.
- Due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties, curcurmin improves symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
- Some studies say that curcurmin can help improve overall memory in Alzheimer’s patients because of it is a source high in antioxidants. Futhermore, due to it’s health properties curcurmin has been shown to decrease Beta-amyloid plaques, delayed degradation of neurons, and metal-chelation.
- Turmeric has been known to treat heartburn and upset stomach, due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties.
- Much like matcha green tea, turmeric has been shown in placebo-controlled studies to balance mood in sufferers of depression or anxiety.
Additional Beneficial Properties in Turmeric:
Turmeric works as a safe and powerful anti-inflammatory agent due largely to it’s curcumin properties. Curcumin , the pigment that makes turmeric orange, is the main pharmacological agent that makes turmeric so effective as an anti-inflammatory drug. Just how effective is this agent? Studies have shown that because of the high-potency of curcumin in Turmeric, its effects on the body are comparable to drugs like hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone, and even Motrin. Curcurmin out performs these drugs and, best of all, produces no toxic side effects in the body.