Benefits of turmeric – curcumin

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Turmeric is a plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, which grows mainly in southern Asia. From its roots is made spice of yellow colour, which owes to ingredient curcumin. This spice is known throughout the world thanks to his many healing properties. It is one of the main ingredients of curry spices. Curry is a blend of 20 different herbs, spices and seeds, and turmeric is one of the main ingredients and is responsible for the yellow color of curry powder. Turmeric is also used as a natural dye, in making cosmetics and as a natural pesticide. If you happen to see on the product label number E100, do not be afraid. It is natural dye curcumin!

Energy and nutritive value
Energy value of 100 g of ground turmeric is 354 kJ kcal/1481.  It contains 65% carbohydrates, 8% protein and 10% fat. Of minerals in turmeric are found calcium (183 mg, which makes 23% of the RDA), iron (41.5 mg, which makes 300% RDA), magnesium (193 mg, which makes 51.5% of the RDA), phosphorus (268 mg, which makes 38 , 3% RDA), zinc (4.4 mg, which is 44% RDA), copper (0.6 mg, which makes 60% of the RDA), manganese (8 mg, which makes 400% RDA) and selenium (4.5 mcg as makes 8% RDA).

Turmeric contains vitamin C (26 mg, which makes 32.5% of the RDA), thiamine or vitamin B1 (0.2 mg, which makes 2% RDA), riboflavin or vitamin B2 (0.2 mg, which makes 14.3% of the RDA ), niacin or vitamin B3 (5.1 mg, which makes 32% of the RDA), pyridoxine or vitamin B6 (1.8 mg, which makes 128.5% RDA), Vitamin K (13.4 mcg which makes 18% RDA) and vitamin E (3.1 mg, which makes 26% of RDA).
Among other nutrients turmeric containing 21 g fiber in 100 g.

The healing properties of turmeric
Turmeric is one of the most powerful natural remedies. The active medicinal ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin. The medicinal properties of this spice have been revealed gradually over the centuries. For a long time it is certain that turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, but recent studies have shown that turmeric – is a miracle of nature. It is confirmed the beneficial effect of turmeric with many ailments ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has long been known as an herb that strengthens and nourishes the body.

Turmeric is used for:
-strengthening digestion
-restoring intestinal flora
-reducing flatulence
-cleansing the liver and gallbladder
-normalizing menstruation
-reducing inflammation in arthritis
-cleaning the blood
-stimulate metabolic and skin problems
-disorders of the airways
-against fungi and bacteria
-against intestinal parasites

Results of numerous studies show that turmeric is effective in treating arthritis, dermatitis and eczema, heartburn, infections, ulcers, kidney and gallstones.


Protects against many types of cancer
One of the most important features of turmeric is its diverse anticancer activity. It is believed that this is due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunostimulatory properties. Turmeric is most effective in the prevention of ovarian cancer. It is also helpful in menopause to help women who take hormone supplements, to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Other studies suggest that turmeric helps prevent colon cancer and prostate cancer and prevents leukemia in children.

Effectively helps with rheumatism and arthritis
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties turmeric is often used in natural products for the treatment of arthritis.
Some plants exceed the effectiveness of conventional medicines for arthritis, among them, and turmeric.
Turmeric has demonstrated its anti-inflammatory activity in a number of studies. Curcumin – the main active ingredient in turmeric – effectively alleviate morning stiffness and swelling of joints.
1200 mg of curcumin has acted against arthritis as much as 300 milligrams of anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone.
Unlike conventional medicines to treat arthritis, curcumin does not cause many side effects. It is natural and safe.
Turmeric also acts very well against pain and inflammation. Studies show that curcumin promotes the formation of COX-2 enzyme, which reduces the pain caused by arthritis.

It helps with cholesterol , sugar and yeast
In other studies curcumin has proven to be effective in lowering cholesterol and blood sugar , prevent blood clotting , heartburn and protect the liver from harmful substances . Curcumin may also be a natural therapy for inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis . Turmeric is considered one of the most powerful natural antibiotic, but unlike other antibiotics that kill good bacteria and flora in the gut, it helps to develop good bacteria . In addition to internal problems, turmeric is excellent for treating skin problems such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. Because of its antiseptic action can be used in dressings for wounds and burns, as well as against dangerous staphylococcus aureus infection. We should also mention its powerful antifungal activity, particularly in the case of candida. To prevent the spread of candida, use turmeric orally ( in capsule form ), and local – in the form of a paste made ​​from a teaspoon of turmeric and a little water. In India, turmeric is also used for skin care. Skin becomes clean, smooth and fresh . It is, therefore, traditionally used for beautification of the bride before the wedding. In China, it was discovered that turmeric helps with depression.

Turmeric in cooking
Turmeric can be used in the preparation of sweet and savory dishes. You can add the turmeric in rice, fruit salads, salad dressings, vegetable dishes, sauces, couscous, potatoes, pancakes, cakes …
Usually it is enough only 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of turmeric. Do not overdo it, because the meal will have too intense aroma. Turmeric, when possible, add at the end of cooking and you will maximally preserve its medicinal properties.  Also, turmeric can be consumed in capsule form.
You can prepare tea and turmeric, which is especially popular in Japan. To prepare the tea, it is necessary to add a teaspoon of turmeric in a cup of hot water.



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