The Health Benefits Of Curcuma. Everything About This Wonderful Plant!

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Curcuma, more commonly known as Turmeric, is a plant of the Ginger family, which is known for its extraordinary healing properties. It is used as a food dye, seasoning, added to various sauces, and also used in traditional and modern medicine and cosmetology – the health benefits of curcuma are numberless.

In India, curcuma is not just a useful and healing spice, but also a mystical, sacred plant that is closely connected with the cultural and religious life of the country, where it is called the “golden queen” or “goddess of the kitchen”. It is believed that turmeric strengthens family ties, harmonizes relationships, and therefore it is often used in wedding ceremonies: the flowers of this plant are thrown at the feet of the newlyweds.

It is believed that the root of this plant protects against negative energy, evil spirits and diseases. In addition, it has gained great popularity among yogis, who especially appreciate his ability to give flexibility to muscles and improve the circulation of energy in the body. In India, curcuma is grown everywhere and is the most popular and cheap spice in the country.

 

Uses Of Curcuma In Cooking


Curcuma has a weak spicy, subtle aroma and a weak, slightly rough taste. Curcuma gives the dishes a gorgeous golden color and is great for rice, so it is used in very large quantities by countries where this product is one of the main ones. It is widely used in the most of famous Indian and Central Asian dishes.

Curcuma is an integral component of all the famous spice mixtures, especially Indian “curry”. In Eastern cuisine, it is used as a seasoning for a huge number of dishes: broths and soups, vegetable salads, sweets. It serves as a good seasoning for various sauces and table mustard. Curcuma is wonderfully combined with dishes from legumes, especially beans and lentils. Culinary experts of many countries add this spice to confectionery. In small quantities, it can be put in marinades too.

Curcuma not only gives food a great golden yellow color, but also preserves the freshness of the product. Thus, it has the property to significantly increase the shelf life of food products.

 

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Check greenCurcuma is a natural antibiotic, the distinctive feature of which is “selectivity”: it destroys pathogenic bacteria and viruses, but at the same time, it favorably affects the work of the organs of the gastrointestinal tract and restores healthy intestinal microflora.

Check green Curcuma reduces the harmful cholesterol (low density lipoprotein) in the blood and normalizes the composition of the blood. Turmeric not only cleanses and improves blood circulation, but also stimulates the formation of red blood cells.

Check greenIn recent studies on this herb turmeric showed a strong hepatoprotective effect. It was disovered that curcuma protects the liver from a large number of different toxic substances. Turmeric also protects the liver from the harmful effects of drugs when they are taken for a long time.

Check greenCurcuma reduces the secretion and acidity of gastric juice. Curcumin, which is the main active and valuable substance of turmeric, has an anti-ulcer effect by suppressing the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.

Check greenAs a strong antiseptic, turmeric is extremely effective in diseases of the digestive tract, especially in chronic diarrhea and flatulence.

Check greenCurcuma is a good remedy to improve digestion, especially when eating heavy meals. Curcuma also reduces craving for sweets and fats.

Check greenIn sports medicine, turmeric-based ointments treat sprains of muscles and ligaments well.

Check greenCurcuma regulates metabolism, correcting both redundancy and lack of metabolic processes, and contributes to the absorption of protein. Therefore, turmeric extract is a part of modern treatments for body correction.

Check greenTurmeric can significantly suspend the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This spice, which can be found in most Indian dishes, prevents the formation of nodules in the vessels of the brain caused by this disease. Researchers think that this fact probably answers the question of why do people with Alzheimer’s disease get sick much less in the East than in the West.

Check greenAnemia. The iron content of turmeric powder is very high, and it is well absorbed by the body, so this spice is extremely useful in iron deficiency anemia.

Check greenProtection against atherosclerosis. Traditional therapy – statins, drugs with a lot of side effects, primarily for the liver and kidneys. In search of an alternative, scientists are inclined to use fish oil and curcumin instead.

Check greenThis spice is a real natural antidepressant, curcuma reduces the level of stress hormone cortisol in the body, which helps to remove the “nervous” component of overeating.

Check greenTurmeric gives the best results if it is used in complex therapy for weight loss: adjusting all the processes in the body, it helps the body to get rid of fat reserves faster and easier.

Check greenRegenerating, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antimicrobial properties of the plant have a therapeutic effect on the skin. The external use of medicinal compositions with turmeric is actively used by folk healers in the treatment of many skin diseases, such as eczema, psoriasis, furunculosis, and others. Turmeric is a part of many antiseptic ointments. It is also used in combination with honey (externally) for bruises, sprains and inflammations of joints.

Check greenAyurveda refers turmeric to remedies that stop the bleeding and heal wounds. For cuts, rinse the wound and sprinkle it with turmeric powder. This will help stop the blood and will promote the healing of the wound.

Check greenTurmeric is a good treatment for hemorrhoids. It can be applied externally to the affected areas. In this case, turmeric paste is prepared on water or as an ointment. In hemorrhoids, turmeric is also used internally, since one of the causes of hemorrhoids is poor digestion.

Check greenCurcumin, which creates the smell and taste of turmeric, as well as its derivatives prevent the development of tumors. Thus, people who consume large amounts of curcuma, are less at risk of cancer.

 

Forms Of Use And Reccomended Doses


turmeric curcumaIn India and other Asian countries, curcuma is traditionally eaten in large quantities, so they don’t even think how to take curcuma. Indians benefit from this spice while enjoying its taste and aroma. It should be noted that in India, curcuma is used in a mixture with other spices as part of the famous Indian curry. The black pepper that present in curry improves curcumin digestibility. Therefore, if you decide to follow the example of the Indians, then use curcuma in a mixture with ground black pepper as a seasoning. The addition of pepper increases the absorption of curcumin by 20 times.

But in order to eat such an amount of hot spices a day, you have to be a big fan of spicy food. Those who do not consider themselves to be such a fan, can buy this supplement in capsules. They are produced by many pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of sports nutrition.

Taking the pills should be according to the package directions. Usually take 1 capsule with meals from 1 to 3 times per day. Supplement is usually taken in 30-day courses. In the absence of side effects, you can take it continuously, without interruption.

And, as always, make sure that you purchase a supplement from a respectable manufacturer. These companies guarantee that you get exactly what you see on the label and that your product is not contaminated.

 

Curcuma: Contraindications And Side Effects


Possible complications when using turmeric:

Check greenDo not overuse the spice during pregnancy and acute hepatitis.

Check greenDo not give it to children under 2 years.

Check greenAdding 3% black pepper to the mixture with turmeric increases its bioavailability and reduces the dose consumed.

Check greenIn large doses, turmeric irritates the mucous membranes.

Check greenPatients with diabetes should be aware that spice significantly reduces sugar levels.

Check greenDue to the fact that turmeric affects blood clotting, it should be discontinued two weeks before the planned surgery.

 

Where to buy


You can find in the following article, how to choose and where to pick the best curcumin supplement:

Top Curcumin Supplement Brands: How To Pick The Best Curcumin Supplement

 

Let’s Summarize


Studies show that intake of curcuma can bring various health benefits, especially when taken in the form of an extract – the health benefits of curcuma are impressing. The exact dose may depend on the state of health and the disease that you want to alleviate by using curcuma. The risk of side effects is minimal, but curcumin supplements are not suitable for some people. As with any supplements, curcumin should be used with caution, and you should discuss it with your doctor,  before starting to take curcumin.


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  1. Hello Alex,
    This is a great article, very helpful and full of information. I am an avid fan of natural alternatives, and I have thought of using cucurmin or turmeric in my cooking because of the benefits of it.
    If used in powder form, I mean using the natural turmeric powder in a bottle, how much are we allowed a day? I think I would prefer to use the powder form than the capsules. I learned that it can be use as an alternative to treat harmful cholesterol in the body, that is a good thing to know instead of taking statins which we all know are very harmful to the body.

    Precilla

    1. Hi, Precilla. Thanks for the reading.

      Every Indian adult eats between 1.5 and 2.5 grams of the spice daily. It converts to 1 to 1.5 teaspoons. Consuming more than 3 grams of the spice daily can have side effects.

      It is preferrable to add black pepper and fats when taking turmeric in order to increase absorption of active ingredients found in turmeric.

      Good Luck.

      Alex

  2. Being of indian descent, even distantly, we use a lot of curcuma or turmeric in our foods so I really never knew that there would be curcuma supplements, so that’s definitely new to me. I knew that it had a lot of benefits but thanks a ton for actually listing them. We try to eat wholesomely in out family, so it helps to know that curcuma has so many benefits.

    Additionally, my grandfather has diabetes and I never knew that curcuma could decrease sugar levels. He not only uses diet as a way to control his sugar level, but also pills. So if the pills and too much curcuma mix, it does not sound like there’s going to be a good outcome.

    I will definitely share this information.

    1. Hi, Reyhana.
      Studies show, that curcumin extract can be very effective for the treatment and prevention of type 2 diabetes. But curcumin (the major active compound in turmeric) is poorly absorbed in the body when taken as turmeric powder, so I hardly believe that turmeric consumption can interact with the pills. Anyway, you are right, we always need to be cautious regarding drug interactions.

      Best Regards

      Alex

  3. Hello and what in insightful article about this wonderful little herb. I have known that turmeric has great benefits to ones body but I did not know all the details until reading your site. Your visuals look terrific and help bring your cont to life. It’s an easy and enjoyable read for sure. Thanks

  4. Nice review.  It should be called a wonder drug, but hence it is not a drug.  There are so many healthy factors of the Curcuma and the entire family of the 100 or so species that are part of this genus plant.  As with everything in life, moderation is key.  I myself consume the golden milk mixture (turmeric, ginger, black pepper) at least 2 times per week to keep the body healthy.  Works wonders.

    1. Hi, Joseph.

      You are completely right, turmeric has so many health benefits… After winter season, when I gain an excessive weight, I always increase the consumption of turmeric. I tried myself to consume the golden milk, but I was not able to stand its bitter taste. So I add the mixture of turmeric and black pepper to every meal I eat. It goes pretty well with meat and fish.

      Cheers.

      Alex

  5. This was a very informative and detailed article on the many health benefits of curcuma or as I know it tumeric. I use it often in my cooking and know that it really offers these many benefits that you mention. It is great for rices, curry, and even in some drinks.

    I can vouch to the readers that they should give it a try if they are wavering on whether it is helpful. I am quite sure they will notice a difference in how they feel, and although I am not quite so sure on the other claimed mental health benefits, I do believe that these may also be a side benefit.

    As with many foods, some have been associated with better relationships and family harmony, etc. An examples that I have seen in many countries is rice. There are some places where it is served for every meal, even breakfast! Tumeric (or curcuma) is like that in India and even in places like Dubai. 

    It was in the UAE where I was first introduced to the root spice by some firends from India, and since that time many years ago I have looked for more and more ways to add it to my cooking regularly. Thanks for the article, you have opened the eyes of many!   

    1. Thank you, Dave.

      I also like to add Turmeric powder to my cookings: It fits to the most of my dishes. And I also feel the difference: It really reduces my craving to sweets. I always had the sweet tooth, and for the last ten years Curcuma helps me to deal with it.

      Good Luck

      Alex

  6. My wife purchased a case of squirt bottles of Tumeric, but as I do most of the cooking, I often neglect it, out of sight-out of mind.  However, after reading your article, it should stay on the counter.  With the debilitating effects of the statin that I was prescribed,  I was sure that it was better to do without than to deal with the muscle and joint pain. The promise of possibly reducing my LDL count, Curcuma will remain on the counter. With the potential reduction in the digestion difficulties areas, it will be a part of our diet forever.  

    Thank you for sharing your research.

    BCNU, Rod

    1. Thank you, Rod, for the reading.
      Yes, it is widly known today that turmeric helps to reduce LDL count. And studies show that Curcumun, the derivative of turmeric, can effectively lower triglycerid levels too. So it is good idea to increase the consumption of turmeric.

      Best regards
      Alex

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