Turmeric (Curcuma longa) comes from the root of the curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. It is part the ginger family and has been a staple in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cooking for thousands of years. The roots, or rhizomes and bulbs, are used in medicine and food. They are generally boiled and then dried, turning into the familiar yellow powder.
Curcumin, a poly-phenolic compound in the root, is the principal pigment that imparts deep orange color to the turmeric is the active ingredient, has antioxidant properties. It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, protein, dietary fiber and niacin. Here are some of the most well-researched benefits of turmeric. 1. Turmeric is a natural liver detoxifier.
The liver is vital to the proper functioning of all of your other organs.The liver plays a big part in helping detox the bod. Treat it right and you’ll experience trickle-down benefits in your important systems. Bring four cups of water to a boil, add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Add honey and/or lemon to taste.
The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that curcumin, is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. Diseases today such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol and chronic pain can be the result of inflammation.
The University of Maryland’s Medical Center in their studies have indicated that curcumin may help prevent or treat several types of cancer including prostate, skin and colon.
4. Heart disease
Perhaps the main benefit of curcumin when it comes to heart disease, is improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels and help prevent the buildup of plaque that can clog arteries and lead to heart attacks and strokes. 5. Promote your healthy skin
Turmeric has been considered to be “skin food” for cleanse your skin and maintain its elasticity, provide nourishment to your skin and balance the effects of skin flora
6. Natural antibiotic
Turmeric has compounds that can naturally help kill off both bacteria and viruses and help the body recover more quickly from the microbial attack. Consuming foods or beverages with turmeric is a good way to go if someone is suffering from the flu or an infection such as bronchitis.