Age Old Turmeric for the Benefit of All

All over South Asia (especially in Rajasthan) during celebrations, raw turmeric vegetable is traditionally cooked. The bitterness of the turmeric gets toned down by deep frying, and it may be used for 20 days as it does not get spoiled or unfit to consume. It heals and annihilates the prostate cancer of men while holding the insulin production balanced. The turmeric plays a vital role in Marwari cuisine. The traditions kept flowing because of reliable use for the good and approved for the excellent results.

One should know that turmeric has a brilliant yellow colour and used as a seasoning for food earlier than biblical times in the cuisine of the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, for culture and therapeutic history. Maybe you have tried turmeric in curry or yellow mustard (turmeric adds the lovely colour there), it’s time to expand your limits. Here is something on turmeric to tell you why.

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The Details

A tablespoon of ground turmeric has 29 calories, nearly a gram of protein, 2 grams of fibre and 6 grams of carbs. Researchers have found that minerals such as manganese, phosphorus and potassium. Turmeric also contains magical nutrients — the kind that effectively cast spells to keep you active and healthy.

  • Turmeric gets widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat swelling – both within and out of the body. Uses include disease prevention of cancer and as well as treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and infections.
  • Curcumin, a matter found within turmeric, is being examined for cancer restraint and therapy and has shown encouragement in animal studies. Keep using fresh or dried and powdered versions until more research gets conducted, and we thoroughly appreciate the use of supplements
  • In the Occident, turmeric got first adopted as a fabric dye. Late to choose, we are just now investigating turmeric for its capacity in prevention, management and therapy of cystic fibrosis and various cardiovascular and neurological complications (such as  Alzheimer’s). Pass the curry, puh-leaseturmeric, a relative of ginger, has bright yellow flesh that will permanently colour, so If the virgin isn’t available, go like the rest of us, and go for the powder in the spice lane of your local supermarket.

We recommend to go for slow cooking and make a soup using turmeric as an additional part of the vegetables.

  • Use it for the treatment of inflammation
  • Turmeric leaves, readily available in Asian and speciality markets, can be spattered over greens or used to steam fish.

 

In The Know

It may seem contrary to intuitive, but turmeric performs as a tremendous anti-acne cleanser and face wash. (Inflammation reducer, remember?) It’s also assumed to diminish the growth of unwanted facial hair. Its a  promise: You won’t turn yellow if you do it right.

  • Although long used in Ayurvedic medicine, there is no high-quality researched proof for the use of turmeric or its main constituent, curcumin, as a medicine, although much research is going on with excellent results.

Phytochemistry ( plant & product chemistry)

Curcumin keto form

Curcumin enol form

Turmeric powder has roughly 60–70% carbohydrates, 6–13% water, 6–8% protein, 5–10% fat, 3–7% dietary minerals, 3–7% essential oils, 2–7% dietary fibre, and 1–6% curcuminoids.

Phytochemical components of turmeric include diarylheptanoids, which transpire from diverse curcuminoids, such as curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin. Curcumin forms 3.14% (on average) of powdered turmeric, having differences in content amid the species of Curcuma longa. Some 34 indispensable oils are present in turmeric, among which turmerone, germacrene, Atlante, and zingiberene are main constituents.

 

Use As Traditional Medicine

Turmeric grows natural in the forests of South and Southeast Asia where it gets obtained for treatment in traditional Indian medicine (called Siddha or Ayurveda).  From clinical research, there is no high-quality data that turmeric has medicinal attributes.It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavour or colour curry powders, mustards, various kinds of butter, and cheeses. The root of turmeric is also used extensively to make medicine. It contains a yellow-coloured chemical called curcumin, which is often used to colour foods and cosmetics.

Traditionally, Turmeric has been used since very long in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to cure digestive and liver problems, also skin diseases, and wounds.Curcumin is also a powerful antioxidant.

 

15 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

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As per the exclusive research carried out by many bodies it is found that turmeric is the most effective nutritional supplement for the body and brain.

  1. Turmeric may be the standard useful nutritional supplement having medicinal properties.They affirm that Turmeric has curcumin as the active ingredient that has uniform characteristics that include it being anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. We know it gets extensively utilised since thousands of year in India. Curcumin is just 3% by weight in the turmeric, so that is not effective and not absorbed by the blood readily. For full benefit to the health. Curcumin has to be taken as the extract along with Pepper having piperine an ingredient that increases the absorption of curcumin by 2000%. Curcumin is fat soluble as well and should be taken with fat supplement.
  2. Curcumin in Turmeric counters the inflammation. Short-term inflammation plays a vital role in curbing foreign invaders like pathogens bacteria that can otherwise take over and eliminate humans. But acute or long-term inflammation is harmful in which it works against body’s tissues. Curcumin ably controls the severe swelling as it is strong enough to work like anti-inflammatory drugs and cure chronic diseases of heart, Alzheimer, cancer and metabolic syndrome and many other degenerative ailments.Curcumin indeed targets in multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway, at the microscopic level.
  3. Curcumin has strong antioxidant results. It counterbalances free radicals on its own, then excites the body’s antioxidant catalysts.
  4. Curcumin raises levels of the brain hormone BDNF(Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor), which enhances the germination of new neurons and encounters various degenerative methods in the brain.
  5. Curcumin has favourable impacts on different factors known to play a part in heart disease. It develops the function of the endothelium and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.
  6. Extensive research work has established the use of the turmeric treats and even cures cancer by curbing the cancer cells. Different Cancers have many common traits that get controlled by curcumin supplementation.
  7. Curcumin has been a central point for the researcher where it gets considered as a beneficial herb controlling the tumor and the growth of cancer at the molecular level.The age-old curcumin in turmeric indeed treats and controls ancient cancer in neurological cancer, lung cancer, melanoma, related pulmonary cancer, gastrointestinal cancers cancer, genitourinary cancers, boobie(breast)cancer, lymphoma, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, ovarian cancer, and leukaemia. Curcumin  inhibits the propagation and continuation of almost all types of growth cells.
  8. Researchers have observed that the curcumin curbs the development of the new blood vessels or the spread of cancer cells.  It has been proved by reducing the growth of cancerous cells in the lab and repress the germination of tumors in test animals. Further tests on the humans is in progress to be confirmed later.
  9. Whether high-dose curcumin (optionally with an absorption enhancer like pepper) can help treat cancer in humans has yet to be adequately tested.Already evidence has been collected that may support in preventing disease of digestive system/ colorectal cancer.Nonetheless, there is some evidence that it may help prevent cancer from occurring in the first place, especially cancers of the digestive system (like colorectal cancer). National Center for Biotechnology Information coordinates various studies. One such a finding of 44 men with the ulcer in the colon were given 4 grams curcumin that brought 40% down of the ulcers. As per the findings, the curcumin may be used in the future for the conventional cancer treatments as the results get positive results.
  10. There are good results for using Curcumin in the treatment of Alzheimer disease because it has the beneficial effect on the blood-brain barrier. So far, there is no breakthrough in allopathic or the modern medicine system.The pathological aspect of Alzheimer disease treatment by curcumin shows good improvement in results.
  11. People with Arthritis react favourably to curcumin supplements. Curcumin shows better results for reducing the inflammation of the joints, and it is proven the fact that curcumin proves to act and heal better than anti-inflammatory drugs in most of the cases
  12. Depression can get better results on getting treatment through the use of curcumin. In a controlled trial, it was noted that of the three groups one taking both Prozac and Curcumin fared better than the 2nd group on Prozac and the third group on one gram of curcumin. As per a small study, Curcumin is as effective as an antidepressant after six weeks of intake.
  13. The curcumin boosts the Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BNDF) and also it increases the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
  14.  It can safely be said that curcumin works successfully as an anti-ageing supplement.
  15.  It will be safe to recommend the use of Bioperine turmeric/curcumin supplement, that improves the absorption of curcumin by 2000% without which the curcumin quickly passes off the digestive tract.

 

Additional 10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC

  • Liver Protective: Curcumin has been shown to have a protective effect on the liver and is incredibly efficient at increasing bile release, which helps with fat digestion.
  • Wound Healing: Natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties to keep the infection away from cuts and burns.
  • Super Brain Function: Curcumin dramatically reduces the rate of mental decline. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloid plaque buildup in the brain.
  • Kills the Bad Guys: Curcumin has anti-microbial properties that fight the nasty guys such as Clostridium, Streptococcus, Entamoeba histolytica, and several pathogenic fungi.
  • Natural Pain Killer: Helps reduce sensations of chronic pain.
  • Promote Weightloss: Helps control weight, and aid in fat metabolism.
  • Reduce Depression:  A staple in Chinese medicine for helping lift mood in cases of desperation.
  • Boost Effectiveness of Cancer Drugs: Studies have shown that turmeric can boost the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
  • Skin Healing: Can help internally and topically with psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Harinder

Former Sailing Sea Captain at V.Ships, Miami, FL, USA (retired in 2009). Studied BA (Sophomore) at The Principia, now lives in Jaipur, India

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