We all need a good natural antioxidant. And among the most effective that nature has given us, we find Turmeric. This plant is very similar to ginger (except its orange color) and belongs to the family of zingiberaceae (which has more than 1000 varieties), also has excellent anti-inflammatory and purifying properties. This makes it a super food in its own right, just like Garcinia Cambogia .
In this article, I tell you more about this superfood that grows naturally in Southeast Asia. From its use in the kitchen to its different uses in traditional medicine? I will also explain how to consume it, and especially associate it to boost its properties.
A little history of turmeric
Turmeric is what is called a rhizome. That is to say a plant that grows underground. It is traditionally used as a spice , especially in Asian cuisine. Turmeric is also considered a medicinal plant in China and India because of its many natural properties.
For over 6,000 years (according to Sanskrit writings that have been discovered), turmeric is indeed used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat and prevent certain diseases. For example, Asian people use it daily to stimulate digestion or treat disorders of the digestive system.
In Europe, it will be necessary to wait for the English to bring back turmeric of the Indies so that one discovers this small orange root. But it is only much later that its benefits for digestion have been recognized by the World Health Organization and the European Commission.
Today, more and more researchers are studying the virtues of turmeric, its effects on health, and the right dosage (dosage, association, etc.) to take advantage of it. For example, curcumin, the main component of turmeric, is found to prevent and treat certain cancers. To follow, therefore.
What are the benefits of turmeric?
Difficult to make an exhaustive list of the benefits of turmeric on the human body, as they are numerous. Indeed, curcumin will play a decisive role on many biological processes in our body. I present you here the most notable. But also those that have been best documented by scientific studies.
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers
In the composition of turmeric, there are two main things:
- curcuminoisdes, which give it its orange color and its antioxidant properties.
Indeed, the first use made of turmeric is relative to its antioxidant effects , which is also due to its rich content of vitamins and fiber. But that’s not all. Turmeric is also rich in minerals, iron, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
Because of this, it is also considered an excellent natural anti-inflammatory. It allows for example to relieve the pain related to an inflammatory reaction. And especially joint pain such as rheumatism, osteoarthritis or tendonitis.
It also plays a beneficial role if you suffer from a chronic inflammatory disease, especially of the bowel or colon. Because of its natural properties, turmeric is very popular with athletes who will reduce the risk of muscle damage and facilitate recovery after intense effort.
An anti-depressant role
Due to its extremely rich composition, turmeric also helps to fight against stress. Its anti-inflammatory properties give it, for example, the power to reduce the risk of depression . This is very interesting since anti-depressants have serious risks of side effects.
Concretely, turmeric will activate a hormone especially: serotonin. The latter plays on the feeling of happiness and neurotransmission. It regulates mood and helps to avoid anxiety, stress, insomnia or depression. For best results, it is advisable to associate it with ginseng.
Turmeric and beauty
Turmeric is also very interesting in terms of beauty. Whether it is for the skin or the hair, it will indeed allow you to feel better in your body.
Turmeric and skin
Turmeric has healing properties, but also antiseptic, soothing and antibacterial. It not only helps to relieve itching, or small wounds, but also to reduce the risk of inflammation. Skin diseases such as psoriasis or eczema can be included in this category. But also simply acne.
Applied in mask, on the skin of the face but also of the body) or used in the form of essential oil, the turmeric thus makes it possible to treat almost all the cutaneous problems. It will help you to have a radiant skin, but also younger.
Because, as we saw a little higher, turmeric is appreciated for its antioxidant virtues. It will neutralize free radicals , which are the cause of aging of the skin and the formation of wrinkles, or even dark circles. If you have mature skin, a turmeric mask will allow you to find a more radiant and elastic epidermis. But also deeply hydrated.
Turmeric and hair
Turmeric will also help you regain hair full of strength and vitality. It can thus be part of the composition of your hair care, especially to treat dandruff and purify your scalp. It is also an effective natural remedy against hair loss.
Turmeric and teeth
To conclude on the benefits of turmeric for your beauty, the rhizome also has interests for your teeth. Anti-infectious and anti-bacterial, it helps clean your mouth and prevent inflammation of the gums.
It is also a good way to find whiter teeth, without resorting to treatments or chemicals.
A slimming asset
Turmeric is also a great ally if you want to lose weight.
It will start by facilitating your digestion and regulate your intestinal flora. Result: your digestive system works significantly better, which brings a certain daily comfort. But also helps prevent certain diseases such as gastric ulcers, or simply the pain and heartburn. Regularly eating turmeric would ultimately reduce nausea and bloating, and fight against food poisoning.
Turmeric also facilitates weight loss by facilitating fat burning and therefore reducing your body mass. It is also a good way to lower your cholesterol and reduce the risk of diabetes. To avoid spoiling, turmeric acts as an appetite suppressant , and therefore promotes the feeling of satiety.
How to use it ?
To benefit from its benefits, it is still necessary to know how to consume it. Because to take advantage of its virtues, it would be necessary to ingest very large quantities, and at a high concentration that does not always allow turmeric powder.
In addition, to be well assimilated by the body (turmeric being fat soluble), it is essential to associate it with piperine . When cooking turmeric, think of adding pepper. And to follow very concretely the famous rule of 9 5 1. That for the curcumin is well absorbed by your digestive system, you must marry at a specific dose of ginger (for its anti-inflammatory effects) and of pepper.
Specifically, for 9 servings of turmeric, you must add 5 ginger and one pepper (preferably black). Cook it with healthy fats, such as olive oil or coconut oil, which will help your body absorb it better.
The right mix
The dose you will ingest is also very important, depending on the benefits you seek. For example, it is advisable to consume 1.5 to 3 grams per day. If you prefer turmeric capsules, not in the form of powder, you can take up to 1 gram per day (because the concentration is not the same). Spread this dosage throughout the day.
It is also preferable to split your intake, by adapting to the dose contained in your capsules. Do not exceed this maximum dosage unless part of a treatment supervised by a health professional. To benefit from these benefits during a cancer treatment, you can go up to 2.5 grams per day. J
You can also take advantage of the good synergies that exist between turmeric and other plants with naturally antioxidant properties. This is particularly the case of Spirulina, which will boost your metabolism and your immune system.
In what form ?
As we have seen, it can be taken in different forms. Powder for regular consumption in your diet. Or in the form of capsules if you wish to follow a course of curcumerin. Always favor supplements that also contain piperine.
But turmeric is also used as a mask (for skin or hair), essential oil, or herbal tea.
Side effects and contraindications
While it is generally beneficial to our health, there are risks of side effects. These are, however, very rare and occasional. For example, you may suffer from bloating or dry mouth if you consume too much curcumerin.
It is also not recommended for people with obstruction or gallstone. Also be careful if you have a history of liver or stomach disorders. In this case, the accompaniment of a doctor will be necessary.