- Scientific Name: Curcuma longa
- Family: Zingiberaceae
Turmeric is one of the most common food flavorings (a common ingredient in curry powder) and coloring in Asian cuisine. In many languages turmeric means “yellow root,” and its yellow color is almost impossible to remove once it stained your clothes. A delicious way to get more turmeric in your diet is to eat more curry.
Part Used: Root or Rhizome (dried and ground into the spice).
Turmeric Herb Health Benefits:
- Due to its antibacterial properties, turmeric is being used to preserve food before the widespread use of refrigeration.
- Curcumin, a compound extracted from turmeric, is a powerful antioxidant, and is being studied as a potential treatment for skin, breast, and colon cancer.
- Turmeric’s curcumin content is a first rate natural remedy for arthritis.
- Curcumin rich dishes have also the ability to reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Stimulates the flow of bile, which helps digest fats and reduces the risk of gallstones.
- Used by Indian healers to treat obesity.
- Herbalist recommends turmeric for people with hepatitis C.
- Useful for preventing blood clots, it can therefore help prevent stroke.
- In traditional Chinese medicine, it has been used to regulate menstruation.
Corticosteroid Medicine for Arthritis: Curcumin in turmeric is about half as effective as corticosteroids (drug to treat arthritis), but without the side effects of corticosteroid which may cause fluid retention and bloating, elevate blood pressure, encourage intestinal bleeding, ulcer formation and increase the risk of osteoporosis.
Recommended Dosage of Curcumin: 1 tsp of the dried herb in a cup of warm milk daily. Your body will absorbed more curcumin if you take it with lots of black pepper. The pipeline in pepper improves the body’s ability to use turmeric perhaps as much as twentyfold, according to studies. Ginger is also a good companion for turmeric.
Turmeric Side Effects:
- Safe when used as food ingredient, but excessive dosage of curcuminoids could cause ulcers or cancer and reduce the number of red and white blood cells in the body.
- Don’t take it if you have bile duct obstruction, people with gallstones should consult an herbal doctor before taking this.
- Too much intake can also cause hair fall. When buying turmeric, always buy from reputable seller since some species of turmeric are toxic.