Turmeric, also called sulfur of the Indies is a herbaceous plant of the family of the Zingiberáceas, native of the southwest of India. It is composed of curcuminoids, polysaccharides, and essential oils and in India, it is known for its medicinal and culinary uses. It is attributed to preventive properties against cancer and cholesterol, according to experts.
Turmeric has proved to be a prodigious plant, which acts as a balm on our overall health, acting on several fronts. It has been attributed anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, choleretic, digestive, carminative, hepatoprotective, lipid-lowering, liver-detoxifying, antiulcer, cardioprotective and, in some sources, sources of anti-tumor properties. The liver, heart, digestive system, immune system, and skin are the main beneficiaries of the possible treatments with turmeric.
The main indications of turmeric and its greatest health benefits are as follows:
For starters, turmeric stands out as a digestive plant. It helps you digest food well, it eases the feeling of empacho, dyspepsia or indigestion and prevents the formation of gas and flatulence.
Associated with astringent plants, it is useful in case of diarrhea caused by gastrointestinal inflammations, intoxications or allergies.
It has been indicated as a natural substitute for certain synthetic antiulcer drugs to relieve gastric and gastroduodenal ulcers. Turmeric affects the gastrointestinal mucosa and helps repair damaged tissue.
It acts as an excellent stomach and intestinal anti-inflammatory, very suitable in case of gastritis and gastroenteritis, but also as support in the treatment of pancreatitis and irritable bowel.
It improves and stimulates the production of bile due to its high choleretic effect, and promotes fat metabolization. Curcumin, which is not soluble in water, has a high lipophilic capacity – fat absorption -, which are metabolized without problems and excreted with feces.
It is useful to help you lose weight, again for its ease in mobilizing fats and metabolizing them. Curcumin, assimilated in the diet, can limit the extent of fatty tissue, inhibiting the growth of new blood vessels or angiogenesis, and is therefore included in weight loss therapies.
It has a decongestant effect at the liver level; Restores liver cells and exerts a protective action on the liver. It is indicated in case of hepatobiliary alterations, mild hepatitis, and for the treatment of cholecystitis or gallbladder stones.
Turmeric is a good ally in the case of various rheumatisms, such as arthritis and osteoarthritis, with the advantage that unlike other anti-inflammatory drugs, it does not cause damage to gastric mucous membranes. It is attributed a high capacity to reduce histamine in inflammatory processes, it can stimulate the activity of two enzymes (glutathione transferase and glutathione peroxidase), which are responsible for regulating the reaction of the organism to an inflammatory process, facilitating the necessary elimination of the waste materials. Its anti-inflammatory action is considered comparable to the famous ibuprofen.
It is attributed a moderate lipid-lowering effect, which can help lower levels of LDL cholesterol and blood triglycerides.
Because of its antioxidant power and as a platelet antiaggregant, turmeric, consumed on a regular basis, can prevent the onset of heart ailments, such as embolisms and arteriosclerosis.
Curcumin and other active ingredients in turmeric offer protection against attack by free radicals, stop cell oxidation in vital organs such as the kidney, liver or heart.
Turmeric extracts have been tested in antitumor treatments, to reduce the appearance of cancer cells in the skin, mouth, and intestines for their antioxidant capacity. It has been used as a complement to chemotherapy, by enhancing the effectiveness of certain antitumor medications. Various scientific studies have been published in this regard, and there is still a long way to go.
Externally, turmeric shows a potent anti-inflammatory action on oral and epidermal mucous membranes, on ulcers, sores, burns and insect bites.
It is attributed a rejuvenating effect of the skin, helps eliminate toxins and keeps the skin healthy and free of impurities.
In Ayurvedic practice, turmeric powders are diluted in hot water and applied in the form of gargles to relieve throat irritation, or in the form of a dense paste, to promote healing of wounds and burns.
Turmeric as a spice, because of its intense flavor, can be a good help for people affected by neurological disorders to enhance the sense of taste, which can be depleted.