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Turmeric-Benefits and Uses

Turmeric Powder and Root
Turmeric Plant
Turmeric is a well-known plant in South Asia, particularly India for over 2500 years and is a major part of the Ayurvedic system of medicine. It is extensively used in the production of spices, and is the key element in curry powder that gives the powder its yellow shade. The spice is also known for its therapeutic properties and has been used in India for centuries as a natural remedy for bruise, cuts and other minor injuries. Chinese medicines use turmeric for the treatment of inflammatory and digestive disorders and turmeric has also been used in tooth powder or paste.
The active constituent in turmeric is curcumin. Long acknowledged for its anti-inflammatory properties, latest research has focused on turmeric’s antioxidant, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic and antimicrobial properties, in addition to its use in cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal disorders.

Some uses of turmeric are given below.
  1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, helpful in sterilizing cuts and burns.
  2. Turmeric is a natural liver detoxifier and is an active ingredient in herbal liver detoxification medicines.
  3. China has used it as a medicine for the treatment for depression.
  4. Turmeric is a natural painkiller.
  5. Research is establishing to demonstrate that turmeric may perhaps be effective at protecting against neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Epidemiological studies show that levels of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are very low in elderly Indian populations, where turmeric is a common spice.
  6. Turmeric is proving beneficial in treating various skin problems like psoriasis.
  7. Curcumin is a naturally powerful anticancer compound found in turmeric that has been shown to decrease brain tumor size in animals by 81 percent in more than 9 studies.  Researchers has found that Curcumin possess chemopreventive effects against skin cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer and oral cancer.
  8. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  9. Turmeric is found to aid fat metabolism thus helpful in weight management.
  10.  Turmeric may be associated with a decrease in the risk of cardiovascular disease and regular intake of turmeric has shown significant decrease in Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and increase in High-density lipoprotein (HDL).
  11. Blood Purifier.

· Powdered turmeric: 1.5–3 g/day in water or cooking.
· Powdered extract standardised to 95% curcumin: 100–300 mg/day. Higher doses
used for arthritis and cancer.
· Turmeric powder of standardized powdered extract applied as a paste or poultice

Use Turmeric as a common spice for superior benefits.
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