Turmeric: a versatile spice
A few years ago, turmeric was a totally unknown spice. However, there has been an increase in its use in the last decade. Something that has caused that the information on the benefits of this product extend among the population.
Therefore, throughout this text we will give you each one of the keys you need to understand everything about this species. And, of course, how to incorporate it into your diet.
What is turmeric?
There is a lot of confusion about this turmeric because the information in Spanish is sometimes confusing. However, we will provide you with interesting, truthful and contrasted information about this condiment.
Turmeric is a spice whose origin is found in India. In fact, it is used regularly. in the cuisine of this country
It should be noted that it comes from a plant that belongs to the family of Zingiberáceas whose scientific name is Curcuma Longa. This plant has rhizomes and it is from these that the spice is extracted.
This plant usually grows in warm and humid areas. Thus, it is very present in Polynesia and Micronesia as well as in Southeast Asia.
The main thing that it needs to live and develop are temperatures between 20 and 30 ºC. Besides, of course, a high level of rainfall.
Its appearance is very characteristic because it has a very intense and characteristic orange yellow color. This pigmentation is due to curcumin, one of its main components.
Thanks to this pigmentation, it has been used as a food coloring in rice and meat dishes. Being, in addition, the star ingredient of the curry.
However, due to the discovery and study of all its properties and the benefits that its consumption can bring, its use has expanded and increased significantly.
History of turmeric
It is in these places where it has been used for thousands of years both in gastronomy and in traditional medicine. In addition, this dressing has a special consideration in the Indian and cult traditions. In fact, it is used to worship the sun god and as part of the purification process.
But has it always been used for cooking and as a medicinal remedy? The answer is no. Its first use occurred more than 2500 years ago and had nothing to do with the conception of the utility that we have today about this spice.
It is estimated that in 610 ac. It was already given its original use, that of textile dye. Turmeric acts as a colorant for different fabrics such as wool, cotton, silk, leather, paper, lacquer, varnish, wax …
It’s arrival in the western world is presumably due to Marco Polo. This Venetian traveler was the one who brought it after one of his trips. He was impressed by the findings of a root that had properties similar to those of saffron.
Turmeric: the properties that it has
Properties of Turmeric
The first property you should consider is that it brings color to the food or the fabrics. As we have mentioned before, this spice has been widely used in the Indian textile industry.
However, it also has gastronomic properties due to its spicy flavor. Its use in the kitchen has been recurrent since ancient times.
Since, as we have mentioned previously, in recipes of meat and chicken, as in traditional cuisines of other countries of Latin America. In fact, in the Japanese city of Okinawa, it is customary to serve turmeric with tea.
However, what has favored the popularity has been its medicinal properties in recent times. These include different fields and making it very beneficial to improve depression.
Also, it has an anti-inflammatory effect that helps improve the ailments of those suffering from arthritis. As well as to help people with Alzheimer’s, cancer and other diseases.
Therefore, we will review its many benefits in the following section. In this way we can offer you this information in a more comprehensive and concise.
Turmeric: benefits and advantages of its consumption
Above all we are going to focus on its medicinal effects since they are the main reason why the interest in this spice has expanded.
Reduce stomach acidity
This seasoning can serve to appease the acidity by acting as a stomach tonic. The reason for this is that turmeric stimulates the secretion of gastric and pancreatic juice. Therefore, its consumption makes digestion much easier.
Especially for those who suffer from diseases such as dyspepsia, slow digestion, chronic gastritis or lack of appetite can be of great help. Ingesting this seasoning can help to alleviate the discomfort generated by these ailments. But the best thing is that it will do so very effectively and, what is more important, in a natural way.
This is because it has a carminative character. Something that favors the gases which are expelled from the intestine naturally.
In the same way, those who suffer from colic assiduously can make use of this seasoning. Its high content in eugenol, will benefit you since it is an agent that helps to calm the effects of these pathologies.
Thanks to different studies that have been done on its components it is known that this dressing can help in different diseases. Among them, stomach atony, acid dyspepsia and flatulence.
Protects the liver and gallbladder
The normalization of the regular intake of alcohol and some medicines has caused many people to develop diseases related to the liver and gallbladder. These are very important organs of the digestive system. For this reason, this care is vital to have good general health.
Thus, it should be noted that turmeric has various effects that may favor the care and protection of these two organs. Among them the elimination of the biliary stones thanks to its anti-inflammatory effect that allows the emptying of the vesicle. It also enhances the drainage of the liver which allows it to get rid of the toxins more easily.
Thus, those suffering from pathologies such as cirrhosis, jaundice or any other liver or biliary disease have more than recommended the consumption of this dressing.
Improvements in Alzheimer’s cases
The first thing you must be clear is that this benefit is not fully proven scientifically. It is true that a study was recently conducted with three Alzheimer’s patients whose results were very promising. However, this is not yet a certainty.
In any case, we believe it is important to mention the results of this study. Only then can you understand why a line of research has been opened around the application of this dressing to those who suffer from this disease.
The study in question is entitled «Effects of turmeric on Alzheimer’s disease with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia». In it, the scientists treated three patients who showed irritability, agitation, anxiety and apathy. In addition, two of them suffered from urinary incontinence.
Well, these three patients were given 100 grams of turmeric daily for 12 weeks. The results were very positive. The three patients recovered from these symptoms without presenting any type of adverse reaction.
So, this has become a very promising line of research. The main reason for this is that the medications and treatments developed so far to alleviate the symptoms of Alzheimer’s are not at all effective. Therefore, a ray of hope is perceived in this dressing.
Protects your heart
For years now, doctors have recommended adding a little turmeric to diets to prevent cardiovascular problems and diseases such as heart attacks. This seasoning turns out to be a natural medicine very effective in the treatment of cardiac diseases.
The reason for this? It’s components. Several of them help reduce bad cholesterol and triglycerides naturally. However, it is not a miraculous remedy. Ideally, if you have these high levels, take a healthier diet and exercise more.
However, the combination of these healthier habits with the inclusion of this dressing in your diet will accelerate your improvement and make it more noticeable.
Finish your respiratory problems
In particular, the curcumin that contains this seasoning provides an effective anti-bronchial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action. Although in the western world this seasoning has been little used and known, it has been used for centuries to treat bronchitis.
In this way, it is also very beneficial for patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) as well as for those suffering from respiratory problems.
Regulates menstrual cycles
Nowadays, women who have problems with their menstrual cycle solve it by taking hormones that, in the long run, can be harmful to health. However, we overlook natural remedies that can be very effective as is the case of turmeric.
So, this seasoning can help regulate menstruation. But not only this, it also helps relieve premenstrual symptoms. Therefore, the pains in the belly or head so typical of premenstrual syndrome will be calmed thanks to this dressing.
However, I must tell you that its excess intake can prevent ovulation in the same way as oral contraceptives do. For this reason, you must find the exact dose to avoid this effect.
Treatment of some types of cancer
The rhizome of the plant from which the turmeric is extracted contains ten anticancer components. There are indications that it contains more but only ten have been scientifically proven so far.
Among them, curcumin and beta-carotenes stand out. However, it contains other anti-cancer elements such as curcumenol, curdione, turmerone, terpineol and lomoneno. These components have preventive effects against cancer of the skin, breast, duodenum and colon.
Its use is applied, on the one hand, in the prevention against these specific types of cancer. However, on the other hand, it is also widely used to make the body better resist drugs and treatments against cancer.
Therefore, for those people who are undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, the consumption of this spice can have very positive effects.
Diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome are becoming more common. This is due, in large part, to the excessive use of computers and mobile phones.
In this area, the anti-inflammatory ability of this condiment can be of great help for those suffering from these ailments. Especially in those cases in which painkillers fail to take effect. Or when it becomes necessary to consume very high doses to feel good.
Although this may seem like an exaggeration, you should keep in mind that turmeric has been used in China for generations. This plant is very useful when treating disorders related to sadness or unhappiness.
In fact, there are studies that confirm that consuming this dressing serves to stimulate the nervous system. In addition to having powerful effects on the immune system and mood.
In this way, its consumption gets that stress levels are reduced favoring the production of serotonin. For this reason, it can be used in people suffering from emotional or seasonal depression. As in any other disorder that affects the mood
Increase your defenses
Previously we have already commented that this condiment positively affects the immune system. This is the mechanism that your body has to protect you from diseases caused by viruses.
Well, this condiment has a great capacity to act as immunomodulature. Therefore, it may be of the most beneficial to ingest it during times of stress such as exams or when there is a peak of work and in winter.
This way you will help your defenses not to descend and you will be less likely to get sick.
It is antimicrobial
The latest research suggests that this dressing provides active ingredients that help eliminate and fight the microbes that are in the body. This way, if you have a wound, it will be less likely to become infected if you are a habitual consumer of this condiment.
Also, in a salmonella infection it can make positive effects. The main reason for this is its anti-fungal activity and its ability to eliminate bacteria.
Improves the condition of the skin
That’s right, turmeric oil applied to a part of the skin that is inflamed will make your condition improve significantly. This oil can also be used as a fungicide or insect repellent. On the other hand, if used in the form of a poultice, it can be used to reduce acne and other impurities that appear on the skin.
A poultice, if you do not know, is a substance or soft paste that extends between two gauze and is applied to a part of the body that is damaged.
This must be hot so that its effect is enhanced and will serve to treat a localized area of the body. In this case, the face or part of the damaged skin.
Precautions to be taken
First, you should be aware that taking this dressing for therapeutic purposes cannot be done in any way.
Although this seasoning does not have adverse effects, it must always be taken in the proper amounts. Otherwise, it could cause damage such as liver intolerance, heartburn or gastric irritation.
Therefore, you should always be cautious and not exceed the recommended doses. But now you will wonder how you can know what the proper doses are. Well, you should consult an expert doctor. It is also not beneficial to prolong your periodic intake. This must be done in certain periods and then pause its consumption.
On the other hand, there are other cases in which its consumption is discouraged, as for example if you suffer from intestinal obstruction.
In the same way it is contraindicated, or a moderate intake is recommended in pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding. Especially if it is taken as a concentrated extract. The main reason is that it could put the baby’s health at risk. Similarly, those who have gallbladder problems should not take it either. As those who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux as it could generate a greater discomfort.
Also, those who follow anticoagulant or anti-platelet treatments would have to pause its consumption. The reason for this is that harmful reactions could occur. To make it clearer, an example of a treatment of these characteristics may be taking aspirin.
Finally, it should be noted that those who have just undergone surgery should avoid its use since its properties retard blood clotting.
Turmeric: how to take
When implementing this dressing in your diet and to take advantage of the properties and benefits that it can bring you, you can do it in different ways.
Perhaps one of the most common is to take it in powder. However, nowadays new formats are being created so that their consumption is as simple as possible.
We find turmeric in several ways
This is the most common format and the originator of this seasoning. After all, turmeric are powders that are found inside the root of the turmeric longa plant. In this way, we could tell you that this is the original form and the one that has been used the most throughout history.
With this format you can add it to your meals to bring them color and flavor or you can also take it by spoonful.
Within this same format we must mention micronized powders. This format has the particles reduced to the maximum, so you can dilute them in water or take them in tablespoons.
Concentrated liquid extracts
These concentrates, in principle, would enhance the effect of this seasoning. For this reason, it would be sufficient to take 25 drops per day divided into three doses.
However, it is not proven that these concentrates have been made with this plant alone. Something that significantly reduces its reliability. For this reason, you should always look for brands that offer you confidence and guarantees.
Another option is to make an infusion of powders. The doses to take will depend on the results you want to obtain. Although the most normal is to mix 20 grams with a liter of water and drink three glasses a day.
If you choose this format you can mix the turmeric with other herbs to get another flavor if the spice does not please you. The only important thing is that you consume the recommended daily dose.
This syrup accompanied by lemon juice will help you lose weight. In addition to getting rid of the toxins that accumulate in the body after periods in which you have eaten too much and badly.
So, using this remedy after Christmas or summer holidays can be a great success. It can be a great method to help take care of your digestive health after the excesses with food and drink typical of these periods of time.
Given the wide demand of this spice for medicinal use many companies have started selling this format. Each capsule contains small doses of this dressing inside. The ideal is to take 50 grams a day.
Green & Happy, an innovative way of taking turmeric
Surely this is the first time you hear about turmeric gummies. The main reason is that this is a unique and exclusive product of Green and Happy.
Our team, in its tireless desire to serve to create solutions for you to take care of your body, mind and spirit has designed a completely new and innovative format for the consumption of this dressing.
So, at anytime and anywhere you can take a moderate but effective dose of turmeric. No complications and with the greatest possible comfort.
You do not have to be at home to do it. You do not have to invest time to make infusions, weigh the dose … You simply have to take a jelly and eat it. No more. In addition, our company guarantees that its development is respectful with the environment. The philosophy we follow always seeks innovation and advancement. This is the only way to get the best product without forgetting the care of the environment.
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