Turmeric – Food and Medicine
Many people are familiar with turmeric, a common kitchen spice. Far fewer realize that this simple spice is a powerful disease fighter. The major therapeutic agent in turmeric, curcumin, is an effective anti-oxidant and a potent anti-inflammatory. The curcumin extract is many times more powerful than whole turmeric.
Traditionally, turmeric has been used as both food and medicine (in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine). The therapeutic uses of curcumin, which gives turmeric its yellow-orange color and makes up about 5% of the turmeric root, have been studied extensively by Western medicine.
The National Institute of Health has published over 7,000 studies on the benefits of turmeric, with many of these studies using curcumin extract as the therapeutic agent.
- Lower risk of strokes and heart attacks
- Lessen aches and discomfort in muscles and joints
- Treat indigestion and heartburn
- Dramatically increase the body’s antioxidant capacity
- Protect from brain diseases and improve brain function
- Improve joint flexibility
- Treat depression
- Prevent and treat cancer
Research suggests curcumin can be helpful in treating numerous diseases, such as:
- Heart disease
- Neurodegenerative conditions
- Bacterial and viral infections
- Stomach ulcers
- Indigestion or dyspepsia
- Ulcerative colitis
- Uveitis (inflammation of the eye’s iris)
Curcumin and Black Pepper
It is important to make sure that the body is absorbing the curcumin that you are consuming. One way to do this is by taking curcumin with black pepper. The compound in black pepper called piperine achieves this.
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