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Turmeric, the main spice in the Indian dish curry, is argued by many to be the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. The health benefits of turmeric are incredibly vast and very thoroughly researched. 

Currently, there are over 12,000 studies proving turmeric benefits, especially one of its renowned healing compounds, curcumin. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric responsible for so many of its benefits. In fact, turmeric is even good for dogs thanks to this ingredient.

This puts turmeric on top of the list as one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all of science. It has a long history of use, particularly in Ayurvedic medicine and other traditional forms of medicine. Here’s what you need to know about turmeric and curcumin benefits and more.

What Is Turmeric?

Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant, which grows in India and other Southeast Asian countries. It is a member of the ginger family. The dried root of this plant is ground into the distinctive yellow powder, giving it the name golden spice.

Why is turmeric good for you? There are several chemical compounds found in this herb, known as curcuminoids. The active substance is curcumin. Curcumin is what makes turmeric a superfood, which are foods that have a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition.

The herb turmeric is one of the top nutrients in the world, whether we’re talking about the powder, extract or pills. While you may just now be seeing companies advertise it, turmeric isn’t new. In fact, it has a long history of use, particularly in Ayurvedic medicine and other traditional forms of medicine.

What turmeric does for the body is amazing. Health-wise, the benefits range in everything from helping with blood clots and depression to combating inflammation, boosting skin health, regulating cholesterol and more.

Benefits

Practitioners in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda have been prescribing turmeric and its extracts as part of holistic protocols for thousands of years. Practitioners have used it in a number of different ways, for many diseases and ailments.

Here are some of the uses and health benefits of turmeric:

  1. May slow or prevent blood clots
  2. May reduce depression symptoms
  3. Fights inflammation
  4. Boosts skin health
  5. May outperform common arthritis drugs
  6. Could treat or prevent certain cancers
  7. May help manage diabetes
  8. Combats obesity
  9. Supports management of inflammatory bowel disease 
  10. May regulate cholesterol
  11. Works as a natural pain reliever 
  12. Aids in detoxification

Uses

  1. Turmeric recipes
  2. Turmeric supplements
  3. Turmeric essential iil

Side Effects and Precautions

Turmeric might be allergic to some, as some people have reported allergic reactions, especially after skin exposure. Typically, this is experienced as a mild, itchy rash.

In addition, high doses of turmeric may have side effects in some people, including:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased risk of bleeding
  • Increased liver function tests
  • Hyperactive gallbladder contractions
  • Hypotension (lowered blood pressure)
  • Uterine contractions in pregnant women
  • Increased menstrual flow

If you experience these symptoms, stop using turmeric and get the medical advice of your doctor.

I highly recommend using turmeric in recipes and perhaps even purchasing it in supplement form to take advantage of the benefits. Make sure to add only organic turmeric to your food, and finding a high-quality supplement made from organic turmeric, coupled with black pepper and preferably prepared by fermentation.

xoxo, 

Dr. G