Much is being written and talking about turmeric and for this reason we have found it interesting to publish this post about its properties and health benefits.
The first thing that comes to mind when you think of turmeric is that it is a species that is used in cooking, especially in oriental cuisine.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) is of an intense yellow color and has a fairly neutral taste, not very spicy. Surely many of you have tried it.
In English it is called “turmeric”. That is the explanation why many of the food supplements that contain turmeric add the word Turmeric in their trade name.
But apart from its interest as a species, what medicinal properties does turmeric have?
Its popularity is due to its anti-inflammatory, digestive and anti-cancer properties, among many other properties.
But let’s find out a little more about some of the most outstanding properties that we have cited:
It is an ideal plant for the digestive system as it is very beneficial for patients with heartburn and slow digestions. Known are its carminative properties, since it prevents the production of gases and helps to expel them from the intestine.
But one of the properties that has raised the most interest in recent years is its anti-cancer properties. The turmeric rhizome contains several components with antitumor properties, among which curcumin and curcuminoids, beta-carotenes, curcumenol, etc. stand out. Its anticancer benefits have been proven effective to act from cancer prevention and also to improve cancer treatment. The latest research on the effects of turmeric supplementation has revealed that curcuminoids are protective against skin cancer, duodenal cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer. It can be used to help the body overcome the effects of anticancer drugs.
Turmeric also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties on the body. Very effective in the natural treatment of arthritis, to improve the symptoms of stiffness, joint inflammation and mobility, without side effects. Undoubtedly to take it into account along with other medicinal plants with high anti-inflammatory power such as devil’s claw.
Also, according to recent studies, it can be effective for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, thanks to its powerful antioxidant activity.
An important aspect that we recommend that you should take into account when buying turmeric powder is that it is properly packaged, with a label showing the batch number, the expiration date and the name of the manufacturing company.
As it is a species that is easy to find in street markets, for safety reasons, we recommend buying turmeric food supplements that are standardized and healthily controlled.