The wonders of tumeric

Tumeric is a perennial plant of the ginger family, grows to a height of around a metre tall, and requires a considerable amount of annual rainfall to survive.

What you may not know is that it is loaded with nutrients such as: protein, dietary fibre, niacin, Vitamin C, E, K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc.

So what are some of the core benefits:

Strengthens and improves digestion
It reduces gas and bloating, assists in the digestion of protein and with rice and bean dishes it also improves your body’s ability to digest fats.  It promotes proper metabolism, correcting both excesses and deficiencies, maintains and improves intestinal flora, and improves elimination of wastes and toxins.

Purifies your blood
Tumeric also stimulates the formation of new blood tissue and as acts as an anti-inflammatory; helping to reduce irritation to tissues characterised by pain, redness, swelling and heat.

Supports a healthy liver function 
Tumeric helps increase bile flow making it a liver cleanser that can rejuvenate your liver cells and recharge their capability to break down toxins.  It helps to prevent alcohol and other toxins from being converted into compounds that may be harmful to your liver.  it also supports the formation of healthy tissue.

Heals wounds
As it acts as a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, tumeric can be used as an effective disinfectant.  It can help repair damaged skin and treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Contains curcuminoids that fight arthritis, and Alzheimer’s and possibly also cancer
Curcuminoids are potent phytonutrients (plant-based nutrients) that contain powerful antioxidant properties, counteract the damaging effects of free radicals in your body, and relieve arthritis pain and stiffness.  The Alzheimer’s Society have written a post about the benefits of curcumin (an extract of turmeric) and how it has been shown to break down amyloid-beta plaques (hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease).  Likewise Cancer Research UK have written a post about the early research trials of turmeric on the prevention and treatment of Cancer.

There is no denying that Tumeric is a wonder herb.  Yet how best to take it?

Capsules
Powder
Tea
Root

 

Should we listen to these recent claims that Tumeric really isn’t as good as it’s made out to be?