As you all know, turmeric is one of the most beneficial spices in the world because it has numerous powerful medicinal properties. It is the main ingredient in curry. In this article we will present you a list of diseases that this golden-colored spice can treat:
- Heart attack;
- Allergies and colds;
- Skin conditions and wounds;
- Digestive problems;
- Alzheimer’s disease;
Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric which is the most studied of all the compounds in the spice. Many studies claim that curcumin can treat over 600 diseases and conditions.
The powers of turmeric
14 compounds out of 12 have anti-cancer properties, 12 are anti-inflammatory agents while 10 are antioxidants.
Turmeric has the ability to treat arthritis when consumed or applied topically since It contains anti-inflammatory properties. Experts suggest a capsule of 400-600mg. 3 times per day.
Turmeric works better than most of the antidepressants since it has powerful antidepressant properties. Moreover, turmeric has the ability to reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, while increasing the production of serotonin in the body. You can consume this spice in fresh or supplement form, but you can also mix it with other natural remedies for depression like St. John’s Wort tea.
Turmeric is the best solution when it comes to cancer since it targets only cancer cells and leaves the normal ones unharmed. A well known oncologist, Dr. SaraswatiSukumar, explains that consuming fresh turmeric is more beneficial against cancer than curcumin supplements.
In order to increase its bioavailability, you need to combine it with black pepper and consume that mixture which will help you boost the absorption rate of curcumin by 2000% and will help you get its full health benefits.
Turmeric contains curcumin and turmerone which can atimulate new neuron production and make the brain heal itself which is extremely helpful for traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
In order to increase curcumin’s ability for 10 times, you should boil turmeric for ten minutes. All you have to do is to add half a teaspoon of turmeric in a cup of water and simmer it for ten minutes. Once boiled, strain the tea and drink it warm. The taste of turmeric is very bitter, but the boiling process will eliminate the bitterness.
Here’s how to prepare a tasty cup of turmeric tea:
- Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder
- Half a cup of coconut milk
- Half a cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- Honey (optional)
Fill a pot with water and boil it. Next, add the turmeric and simmer the tea for ten minutes. Finally, add the coconut milk and sweeten the tea with a teaspoon of honey.
The University of Maryland’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide suggests these daily doses of turmeric for adults:
- Freshly cut turmeric root – 1.5 – 3 gr. daily;
- Tincture (1:2 ratio) – 15-30 drops 4 times a day;
- Fluid extract (1:1 ratio) – 30-90 drops daily;
- Dried powdered turmeric root – 1 – 3 gr. a day.
When it comes to turmeric supplements, the recommended dose is 400 to 600 mg. per day. Make sure to buy product that has 95% curcuminoids and black pepper or piperine for better absorption. If you are not sure of the dosage, just follow the instructions on the label.
Side-effects of turmeric consumption
Turmeric supplements have some adverse side-effects, so if you are trying to concieve or you are pregnant, suffering from gallbladder disease or a hormone sensitive condition, you should avoid them.
Moreover, if you are scheduled for surgery, on blood clotting or iron deficiency meds, or you have some stomach issues, you should also avoid turmeric supplements. They can interfere with diabetes and stomach acid-reducing drugs as well.