Turmeric, sometimes called Indian saffron or golden spice, is a tall plant that grows in Asia and Central America.
Turmeric is made on the shelves and spice cabinets from the ground roots of the plant. The unique yellow color of treated turmeric has inspired many cultures to use it as a dye.
Ground turmeric is also a major ingredient in curry powder and inspires many health benefits which is why Indians enjoy one of the healthiest diets in the world.
Capsules, teas, powders, and extracts are some commercially available turmeric products.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, and it has powerful biological properties. Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional Indian medicinal system, recommends turmeric for a variety of health conditions. They include chronic pain and inflammation. Western medicine began to study turmeric as a pain reliever and healing agent.
There are several studies that have attributed turmeric to reducing inflammation. This anti-inflammatory ability, especially in people with osteoarthritis, might reduce the exacerbation of arthritis.
Researchers suggest taking 400 to 600 milligrams (mg) capsules of turmeric up to three times per day to reduce inflammation. Continuous use is the key to experiencing these anti-inflammatory benefits.At the 2019 turmeric harvest in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh [Credit: The Indian Scene]
2. Pain reliever
Turmeric is also used as a powerful pain reliever if used consistently. This spice is known to relieve arthritis pain as well. Studies seem to support turmeric for pain relief, with many indicating that turmeric’s natural effects work just as well as traditional prescription pain relievers like ibuprofen, especially in people with arthritis in their knees.
3. Improves liver function
Turmeric is well known as a holistic remedy due to its antioxidant capabilities. Turmeric’s antioxidant effect appears to be so strong that it is said to be able to prevent liver damage due to toxins. This is great news for people who are taking powerful drugs for problems like diabetes or other health conditions that may harm the liver when used long-term.
Most of the available research shows that taking curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, reduces symptoms of depression in people who are already using antidepressants.
5. Helps digestion
Turmeric can aid digestion. Turmeric can also play an important role in digesting this food while adding flavor to the food. Spices can contribute to healthy digestion due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a digestive healing agent. Western medicine is now beginning to study how turmeric can help with intestinal inflammation and intestinal permeability, which are two measures of the efficiency of the digestive system.
The spice is even being explored as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).