1. The benefits and uses of Turmeric
Turmeric is a powerful spice with impressive uses and benefits. It is known for its antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory effects. This common culinary spice is highly respected in many cuisines around the world, and for good reason.
What we call turmeric is actually the dried and ground rhizomes of plants in the same family as ginger. It is widely used in culinary traditions around the world for its color and earthy taste. Modern medicine recognizes its health benefits, and it has been widely used in natural and folk medicine for centuries.
2. Curcumin: Turmeric’s Secret Weapon
The secret of this ancient spice is curcumin, a compound that has been well researched for its health benefits. Turmeric contains curcumin up to 3% by weight.
Curcumin is thought to block an enzyme that may cause environmental toxins to be converted into carcinogens in the body. (This is one reason why turmeric has long been a folk remedy that helps protect the body from smoking or chewing tobacco.)
Curcumin can also improve the digestion of fats and sugars and help relieve inflammation in the digestive system. Use it even in the mouth to help ease gum problems!
Are turmeric and curcumin the same?
Curcumin is a compound contained in turmeric, and the root itself is a bright yellow spice of the entire form. In other words, all turmeric contains curcumin, but this makes up only about 3% of its weight and contains many other beneficial compounds.
Remove isolated curcumin from the roots, and many people often use it as a remedy because it is more effective than turmeric powder.
3. Health Benefits of Turmeric
Primarily due to its curcumin content, turmeric is generally considered to have the following advantages:
As an antioxidant
Protect the heart in various ways
Helpful for arthritis
May help fight diabetes and cancer
How black pepper makes turmeric more effective
If you have studied this ancient spice, you may have seen many supplements and suggestions also include black pepper. Black pepper contains piperine and has been shown to significantly increase the absorption and action of turmeric.
Personally, when Li Na uses this spice for cooking or natural beauty recipes, she also makes sure to add a bit of black pepper.
4. Notes on the use of Turmeric
Turmeric is generally considered safe in terms of medicinal amounts, but it is important to talk to your doctor before using this drug or any substance, as it can interact with several drugs.
Practical use of turmeric
There are complete websites and books dedicated to “superfoods” that use this ancient spice for medical purposes. Personally, Li Na believes that all of these substances are most beneficial in a small part of an overall healthy diet and lifestyle.