What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice widely used in cooking that has a variety of health benefits. It is commonly used in a variety of Indian dishes and curries for its colour and aromatic properties but also as a medicinal plant with healing properties.
Turmeric is also used in some spiritual and religious practice as it is associated with purity, fertility and auspicious beginnings in Hindu culture.
Superfood Properties of Turmeric
In Ayurveda, turmeric is said to balance the three bodily humours (dosha) which can parallel in Western medicine to issues relating to the nervous system, the digestive system and bodily issues (e.g. tissue and joint health). Studies have shown that turmeric is beneficial for a variety of applications, and has many healing properties, including:
1) Antiseptic and antibacterial properties
2) Liver detoxifier
3) Powerful anti-inflammatory
4) Natural pain killer
5) Helps lift mood
6) Accelerates wound healing and repairing of damaged skin
7) Thermogenic (can aid in fat loss)
Most of the studies on turmeric have usually isolated curcurmin as the active ingredient responsible for many of its healing properties.
What does Curcurmin do?
Studies have shown that Curcurmin is a powerful medicine that can help treat a variety of issues some of which are listed below.
Isn’t Turmeric a Nightshade?
Nightshades are a group of flowering plants from the Solanaceae family which may adversely affect people with autoimmune issues due primarily to the inflammatory alkaloids solanine, tropane, pyrrolizidine and indole.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a part of the Zingiberaceae family (the same family as ginger) and therefore is not a nightshade. In fact, the presence of the alkaloid curcurmin can inhibit inflammation, amongst its many other benefits.
How much Turmeric do I need?
Although studies with curcurmin have used higher doses than are usually viable to take orally, even a small amount of curcurmin can assist with health benefits. The table below shows that certain studies have had positive outcomes with dosages as low as 20mg/day (equivalent to approximately 660mg of turmeric powder) – this is easily achievable if supplementing with turmeric tablets.
How Can I Add More Turmeric to my Diet?
What's YOUR favourite way to use turmeric?