What is turmeric?

Turmeric (also called Curcuma longa) is a native of Southeastern Asia subspecies of the turmeric plant. It belongs to the ginger family and is grown especially in India. Maybe you have ever seen pictures of an Indian trader with his brightly colored spices? This could have been the turmeric spice.

Turmeric: spice with medicinal properties

Because of its bright yellow color, which owes the root of the turmeric plant above all their high content of essential oils, it is often used for dyeing, as it represents a far more cost-effective alternative to saffron. In our latitudes they are known more as turmeric and less as a single ingredient, but due to their bitter-sharp taste, especially as an ingredient in spice blends with curry. In India, countless turmeric recipes have always been prepared.

However, to promote turmeric spice alone as a refinement of food would not do justice to the effect of turmeric as a medicinal plant. Its healing effect is also increasingly emphasized by Western physicians - especially since it hardly causes any side effects. Only patients suffering from gallbladder disease should use caution with turmeric, either as a spice or in the form of capsules.

Turmeric: effect known for a long time

If the turmeric plant in Germany is still relatively unknown, the turmeric spice in India has been a staple on the diet for millennia. It has been known for about 4, 000 years since the healing effect and uses it for Ayurvedic medicine.

But Western scientists have become curious in recent years. Turmeric is widely recognized for its positive effects on indigestion. Since turmeric has a relaxing effect, the production of bile increases and thus food is easier to digest, the intake of turmeric capsules reduces complaints such as:

  • heartburn
  • bloating
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • stomach cramps
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In addition, it lowers cholesterol levels and can thus indirectly prevent a heart attack or stroke.

In Indonesia, turmeric is used in particular for respiratory diseases. In experiments with mice, a positive effect on cystic fibrosis was noted. Similarly, a positive influence on the liver could be detected in animal experiments. An anti-inflammatory effect is attributed to the turmeric plant, which makes it more and more recognized in the treatment of rheumatic diseases.

Turmeric: cure cancer possible?

More and more research teams are investigating a possible curative effect of turmeric in cancer. There were in fact experiments that confirmed a slower growth of tumors. In addition, it has been shown that it stabilizes free radicals. Although you can not cure cancer with turmeric capsules, but a supportive use in cancer treatment is advocated in professional circles. Also for cancer prevention can contribute a high dose turmeric, but only after consultation with the doctor.

Increasingly, it is believed that turmeric can also act as a preventative measure against Alzheimer's. The suspicion is substantiated by the fact that in India far fewer people are suffering from Alzheimer's.

Turmeric: capsules or powder

But with which dosage form does one achieve the best effect? Although there are turmeric powder, but few people will want to take two teaspoons daily pure. Those who eat healthy can try a recipe with turmeric spice from Ayurveda cuisine.

Sure, it's fun to try a variety of delicious turmeric recipes - after all, the Indian lentil court turmeric spice is easy - but who does not want to cook a new turmeric recipe daily, could after consultation with the doctor on the effect of highly concentrated Put turmeric capsules; because only once a week to refine the chicken rice pot with turmeric spice, shows little healing effect.

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