Turmeric has Powerful Medicinal propertiesOne of the best dishes from the Caribbean is curry food. This is a staple in many dishes like curry roti. Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in India and surrounding countries. The use of turmeric spread quickly through the spice trade. Spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric were essential trades for many cultures.
Turmeric can be Used as TeaTurmeric has a selective taste and may not be the most enjoyable tea, but combined with other herbs, it can be tasty and extremely beneficial. A tea that has worked well for our editor is a combination of turmeric, CBD, matcha, ginger, lemon, and honey. While the turmeric and CBD are anti-inflammatory, the ginger, lemon, and matcha help to cleanse the body out. (Be aware that this combination will prime a person to defecate!) a 10oz cup of this tea gives a person as much energy as a cup of coffee (and keeps you regular like coffee too). The difference is that it provides more healthy properties and is less acidic than coffee.
Curcumin is the Main Active Ingredient in Turmeric.Curcumin has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. This compound only makes up 3% of the content in turmeric. Due to this low content, most of the store brands are turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin itself. The average daily dosage is 1 gram.
Curcumin is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory CompoundMost of the pain that we feel on a day to day basis is caused by inflammation. Inflammation is a vital part of our body’s immune response. Inflammation is due to our body’s attempt to heal itself after an injury. It is one of the ways that our bodies repair damaged tissue an defend itself against foreign invaders, such as bacteria and viruses. Wounds would fester and infections could become deadly without inflammation. Inflammation can also be problematic, though, as it plays a role in many chronic diseases. The pain from inflammation comes from the swelling pushes against our sensitive nerve endings. Curcumin reduces inflammation, therefore reducing pain. Curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of your cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. It fights inflammation at a molecular level.
Curcumin is a Potent AntioxidantCurcumin is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons. Antioxidants are beneficial to our bodies due to protecting it from these reactive molecules that can make a person ill. We need oxygen in order to survive, yet the simple act of breathing results in the formation of free radicals. As the free radicals interact with other molecules in our bodies, they cause oxidative damage that can result in the development of a wide range of diseases and illnesses.
Other Curcumin Facts
- Curcumin is linked to improved brain function
- Lower risk of brain diseases
- May help in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s
- Reduces arthritis
- Can lower the risk of heart disease
- Curcumin has been studied as a benefit in cancer treatment
- Studies have been done on Curcumin and its depression benefits