Golden-orange turmeric is known for adding colour, flavour, and nutrition to foods. Turmeric, a relative of ginger, is derived from the rhizome (root) of an Asian native plant and has been used in cooking for centuries. In China and India, it has also been used in ayurvedic and other forms of traditional medicine.
Why is turmeric beneficial?
Curcumin, a naturally occurring polyphenol, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is the active ingredient in turmeric.
Curcumin possesses numerous biological activities, not all of which are fully comprehended. Similar to other colourful plant-based foods, turmeric is abundant in phytonutrients, which may protect the body by neutralizing free radicals (pollution, sunlight) and shielding cells from damage. Diets rich in plant-based foods are associated with the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and other joint disorders, colitis, allergies, and infections would benefit from the addition of turmeric to the diet of anyone attempting to control inflammation. Although it is more effective taken as a blend prescribed by a qualified Naturopathic Practitioner.
The Science of Turmeric
Studies on turmeric and its constituents, including curcumin, have been conducted.
People with osteoarthritis reported less joint pain when consuming turmeric in recipes, according to some research. Turmeric's effect on mood disorders, depression, and dementia has also been investigated, but studies have been small, so more research is required to determine if there is a benefit.
In addition to these conditions, studies indicate that turmeric may be beneficial for:
Degenerative eye disorders
Hyperlipidemia (cholesterol in the blood) (cholesterol in the blood)
aching muscles after exercise
Turmeric Dietary Supplements
Supplements containing turmeric are probably not a good idea. As wonderful as the nutritional benefits of turmeric can be, more curcumin is not necessarily better, and excessive amounts can be dangerous.
For example, turmeric supplements may increase your risk of kidney stones, especially if your family has a history of this condition. Curcumin supplements contain much higher concentrations of the compound than would be consumed by consuming turmeric-flavoured foods or turmeric tea.
Curcumin and other active ingredients in turmeric are not bioavailable, which means they are not easily absorbed by the body. Additionally, the digestive process breaks down and quickly eliminates these beneficial compounds.
Therefore, regularly incorporating the spice into your meals is a safe way to increase your intake. Combining turmeric with black pepper may enhance the body's absorption of turmeric's beneficial compounds. When piperine from black pepper is combined with curcumin, its bioavailability is increased by a factor of 2,000%.
It is preferable to obtain curcumin and the majority of other nutrients from whole foods if taken for nutritional value but if one is suffering from an ailment a visit to a Naturopathic Practitioner is advised.
Supplements to turmeric and Drug Interactions
Certain medications may interact with curcumin in high doses, as found in concentrated turmeric supplements.
Turmeric supplements can reduce the pain-relieving effects of indomethacin, aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.
Consult your physician before taking turmeric supplements if you are undergoing chemotherapy, and especially if you are taking the following chemotherapy agents: