Turmeric (also known as Curcumin) is an herbaceous perennial that is a native of India and southern and eastern Asia. It thrives in loose, alluvial, well-drained soil in full sun, growing to a height of about three feet. The plant has a slightly acrid taste (somewhat like ginger) and is a warming herb that is used as a spice by Indian cooks to flavor food for thousands of years (it is the main ingredient in Curry).
Turmeric has been cultivated in China and Malaysia, and has spread to Australia, Central and South America, the West Indies and Africa. The herb has been in existence for at least four thousand years in the folk medicinal literature of India, where it was called haridra.
Ayurvedic medicine considers Turmeric a very important herb. Turmeric is used to treat anorexia, digestive problems, liver disorders, cough, cold, flu, weight loss, diabetic wounds, pain, inflammation, stomach problems, allergies, diarrhea, heartburn, bloating, colic, flatulence, rheumatism and sinusitis. Recently huge amounts of studies were conducted and scientists now have a better understanding of its biological action. Recent scientific research shows curcumin (curcuminoids) to have powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and antioxidant properties.
Tumeric is proven safe and without adverse effects, even at doses up to 8,000 mg per day has been stated to be safe. Extensive research shows turmeric is effective in many ways. However, turmeric is extremely difficult to absorb in the bloodstream and because of this, it is important to get higher dosages into your bloodstream to be effective.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library of Medicine’s PubMed MEDLINE database yields thousands of scientific articles about turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin (curcuminoids), which show:
- Curcumin reduces inflammation and edema
- Curcumin accelerates wound-healing
- Curcumin’s role against cancer
- Curcumin’s potential to reduce heart disease
- Curcumin’s therapeutic effects against:
- Crohn’s and inflammatory bowel disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis
- Neurological diseases
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Diabetes type ii
- Cataract formation
- Drug-induced toxicity in the heart, lung and kidney
- Cystic fibrosis
- Skin diseases: psoriasis, scleroderma and dermatitis
- Curcumin may reduce the progression of HIV
Which turmeric is the best to buy?
Since turmeric contains very small concentrations of curcumin look for standardized 95% curcumin (curcuminoids). Scientific research confirms that most of these studies were used with Turmeric that contained curcumin (curcuminoids). Make sure it is Non-Toxic, Pesticide-Free, 100% GMO-Free and 100% Natural.