Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour. It has been used in India as a spice and medicinal herb for thousands of years. Turmeric has been used by the ancient Ayurveda as a curative panacea, and to this day the yogis eat turmeric and even bathe in it!
The health benefits of turmeric are well documented. In fact in recent years several compelling studies have been made on obesity in animal trials and diabetes in small human trials. Turmeric is astringent in nature and it is this prize quality that ‘draws out’ poison and infection in the body. Ayurveda considers turmeric to be purifying for both the skin and blood. From medical studies it has been shown that it has anti-inflammatory properties (inflammation is the root of many health problems) and increases the anti-oxidant capacity in our bodies.
However it must be said that how well the benefits of turmeric works, depends also on the general health of the individual and his or her diet. There is no overnight cure or rather improvement in your health. What you eat in your daily diet is important and exercise always helps.
Recently science has shown, what the Indians have known for a long time. Turmeric realy down contain medicinal compounds called curcuminiods, the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin (not to be with cumin)is the main active ingredients. It has anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. It continues to fascinate the medical community because of its multi-faceted curative benefits. From boosting your memory, to helping your body recover from neurodegenrative diseases like Alzhemir’s and even getting rid of ulcers in animal trial studies
However it must said that the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high. Most of the studies on turmeric are using turmeric extracts that contain mostl curcumin itself. For best effect the dosages usually exceeds 1 gram a day. It would be very difficult to reach these levels just using turmeric spice in your foods. Having said that, if it is in your diet and you generally health, the benefits of using turmeric in your food is there. Therefore you want to get the full effects, then you will need to take an extract that contains significant amounts of curcumin. Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream.
However it will help; if consumed with black pepper, which contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcummin by 2000%.
Heart disease is the biggest killer in the world. Curcumin may help reverse many steps in the heart disease process. Several studies suggest that curcummin leads to improvements of the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels. Endothelium regulates blood pressure, blood clotting and various other factors.
It is potent anti-flammatory agent and antioxidant of curcumin that improves the function of the endothelium. As stated above earlier, watching your diet of consuming excessive fats is also key to your health. After all “prevention is better than cure”.
Given the believe that oxidation and inflammation play a role in ageing, the curcumin in turmeric has become very popular in anti-aging supplement!
Source of informaion: GreenMedInfo & Authoritynutrition.com