You know it by its distinct color and strong flavor. Turmeric has been used in India as a spice, beauty treatment and fabric dye for centuries. Its health benefits have stood the test of time and now the evidence exists to support it. Let's take a closer look at why this golden-hued spice has managed to stay around for so long and how it could benefit you!
The botanical name for Turmeric is Curcuma Longa. While the spice comes from a plant that grows to nearly three feet in height and produces a flower; the rhizome, or stem, underground is where the supplement we know and love comes from. The rhizome looks very similar to a ginger root and is part of the same plant family: Zingiberaceae. Traditionally, India has been the largest producer of the spice but more recently, the plant is being grown in Australia!
Scientific evidence has shown that Curcumin, the principle ingredient in Turmeric, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have reported that Turmeric may be beneficial in the treatment of cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, ulcerative colitis and renal conditions among others. Coincidentally, India has a low rate of Alzheimer’s which is may be attributed to the high intake of Turmeric. The daily intake of Curcumin, found in Turmeric, is thought to be 125mg which is further dissolved into fat which may increase its bioavailability.
Turmeric can be taken in a powdered form as well as in tablets and in a liquid extract. Please be advised that anyone taking a blood thinner should consult with a physician before beginning a regimen of Turmeric as the supplement does amplify the effect of blood thinners.
Now onto the tasty part! A very popular Indian recipe which contains Turmeric is Golden Milk or Turmeric Tea. This is perfect drink for soothing your ailments and putting you to sleep. It combines five powerhouse ingredients: Cardamom, which is excellent for reducing bloating and gas; Cinnamon, which stimulates circulation in the lungs and joints; Honey, which stimulates the metabolism; Turmeric, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory; and Milk, full of necessary vitamins. You can follow this recipe as closely as you like or change it to suit your tastes. Please enjoy!
Now you know the benefits of Turmeric! Whether its for a delicious meal or to help heal an aching, arthritic knee. Holistic supplements can be the missing link your medical care, if you give them a try. For more information about Turmeric or a consultation, please feel free to contact us.