Turmeric Benefits

With the advances in modern medicine we have different treatments and pills for almost any kind of ailment. Yet, you may have one of the most powerful herbs used in ayruvedic medicine sitting in your spice cabinet. This herb is called turmeric; its active ingredient curcumin has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. It is still being studied for its incredible medicinal properties in treatment for everything from arthritis to more serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Animal studies have suggested that curcumin has antitumor, antioxidant,  antiarthritic, antiamyloid, anti-ischemic,  and anti-inflammatory properties.

Curcumin’s potent anti-inflammatory properties have been compared to that of prescription anti-inflammatory drugs, without the serious side effects.  Because of these properties curcumin has been used in ayruvedic medicine as a remedy for arthritis.

Turmeric is also considered a smart food increasing cognitive function. A recent study of people that regularly consumed turmeric showed an increase in mental functions. A another study suggested that turmeric is a nueroprotective, showing that is was protective in brain trauma and stroke.

Studies of turmeric benefits in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, have suggested that turmeric was particularly effective in reducing  neurodegeneration, oxidative damage, diffuse plaque deposition, aberrant inflammation and impaired inflammatory clearance.

There are many other studies being performed to find other turmeric benefits. Although many of the studies have shown significant benefits from turmeric it is important to note many of them did not include a double blind study with a placebo. With all the potential benefits of turmeric, it couldn’t hurt to include turmeric more often in your diet.

How is Turmeric Beneficial?

Turmeric was used in ancient India for many reasons. It was known by many different names, such as ‘Haridra’ meaning ‘yellow one’, Gauri, Aushadhi, and Kanchani. It is believed to be used in India for more than 6000 years, as a medicine, dye, a spice, and a beauty aid. Turmeric was used as a remedy … Continue reading

Growing Turmeric

You are probably aware of the endless uses and benefits of turmeric. It is also main ingredient in many Indian cuisines. Dried and ground turmeric could be easily found at most super markets. But of course it is always better to grow your own turmeric. Turmeric is harvested for the rhizome (root) of the plant, … Continue reading