The biggest fad spreading from its original roots in India to the West Coast: The health benefits of turmeric. Everyone has been taking shots of turmeric + apple cider vinegar (guilty in trying), but why? Well, what is turmeric? What health benefit is everyone talking about? Why does turmeric work? I have done a bit of research to bring you those answers right here!
Turmeric, traditionally called Curcumin, contains 65% carbohydrate, 8.6% protein, 7% fiber, 4% curcumioids, and up to 5% essential oils and resins. Turmeric is used as a spice blend, as it belongs to the same family as ginger, but the health benefiting part is the Curcumin in it. Based on a tablespoon of turmeric, there is 2-4% Curcumin in it.
Ways Turmeric have been used:
- Ayurvedic medicine – helps respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchial hyperactivity and allergy, help with liver disorders, anorexia, rheumatism, diabetic wounds runny nose, cough and sinusitis.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine – treat diseases with abdominal pain.
- Hindu medicine – treat sprains and swelling
- Oriental cultures – good therapeutic alternative, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticarcinogen and antimicrobial agent.
- Science has proved that turmeric is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It has also been used as a hepatoprotective (liver), thrombosuppressive, neuroprotective, cardioprotective, antineoplastic, neuroprotective, antiproliferative, hypoglycemic and antiarthritic. Turmeric has also been used as a treatment for intestinal parasites and poisoning.
It has been proven that turmeric plays a role in preventing lipid peroxidation in cells, has the ability to react directly with reactive spices on oxidative stress and induces an upregulation of various cytoprotective and antioxidant proteins. Overall, turmeric induces the cytoprotective (cell protecting) protein by activating Nrf2 which is the master regulator of the antioxidant response against oxidative stress. Turmeric also acts as a nephroprotective (kidney protective) agent for diabetics nephropathy, certain medications and heavy metal damage.
Results have shown that the turmeric plants might have one or more secondary metabolites having central and peripheral analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity.