What is turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice with an unmistakable aroma that comes from the turmeric plant and has always been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine.
Commonly used in Asian food, it colors dishes a bright yellow due to the presence of rhizome, and it has now also been successfully included in our cuisine.
It has a warm and bitter taste and is often used to flavor or color curry, mustard, butter, and cheese. It contains a yellow chemical called curcumin, which is often used to color food and cosmetics.
Turmeric: what is it used for?
Turmeric has always been used by both Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine because of its high therapeutic power provided by its active ingredient, curcumin.
In food and production, the essential oil in turmeric is used in perfumes and its resin is used as a component to enhance the taste and color of foods.
In the Western world, numerous studies have been carried out to test the therapeutic efficacy of turmeric, especially as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Keep in mind though that the spice, like any substance, while being beneficial for treating ailments like the ones listed above is not a remedy for all illnesses. Some recent studies would see it as an anticancer agent, but these statements should be taken very lightly.
Turmeric: properties and benefits
1. Curcumin is primarily a great detoxifying and anti-inflammatory agent, that has always been used to reduce pain and improve the functionality of parts of the body affected by arthritis It relieves the effects of infection in states of fever and promotes the healing of superficial wounds and skin infections; it also helps reduce itching.
The chemical formula of curcumin
2. Turmeric is also a brilliant beauty treatment: the active ingredients in turmeric are part of the class of polyphenols, substances present in plants that are universally recognized as a powerful antioxidant agent capable of counteracting cellular aging and maintaining tissues young and firm, unfortunately, their bioavailability is poor.
Turmeric's strongly aromatic rhizome
3. Turmeric has always been known and used as an excellent digestive remedy, it has always been used to treat swellings, especially those of the abdomen and to improve dysentery and ulcers. Curcumin also works to support liver function bringing relief in the case of liver and gallbladder disorders.
"Golden milk" is a beneficial turmeric drink
4. The tonic properties of turmeric assist in improving cardiovascular activity, in particular when the spice is consumed with ginger, which acts as a stimulant. It is also good for the brain and the nervous system, as it helps to maintain the balance of the body's physiological systems, especially in states of depression.
How to use turmeric
In addition to using it in the kitchen, it can be taken as piperine and turmeric supplement.
The presence of ginger but above all of the black pepper (piperine) among the ingredients increases exponentially the bioavailability of curcumin, it having been widely documented that the oral ingestion of turmeric alone results in poor absorption.
This distinct combination is particularly beneficial to prevent and counteract the negative effects of inflammation.
(Article was written taking into account the guidelines of Dr. Gabriele Trapani)
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