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Frequently Asked Questions About Turmeric
What is turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice with yellow-orange flesh and a warming, peppery flavor. It's used in curries as well as other Indian dishes like dal and rice pilafs. In addition to its culinary uses, turmeric has
been used for centuries to heal wounds, fight infection, clot blood flow from cuts or burns, and relieve pain.
It is an important ingredient in many Indian dishes and was used by the ancient Greeks as a natural dye for clothes, paint, and medicine. It also has antioxidant properties that help protect cells from free radical damage and is a potent anti-inflammatory remedy.
The spice is a high source of the antioxidant compound known as curcumin. Most of the benefits of turmeric come from this natural chemical which has been cited for its potential in Alzheimer's disease, cancer prevention, and relief from depression. Other compounds found in turmeric can help reduce inflammation or act as blood-thinning agents to prevent stroke.
Turmeric is also an important ingredient in some traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines.
In India, turmeric has been used for centuries as the primary spice to add flavor and color to foods. Its use dates back even further than that with evidence showing it was a part of ancient Greek and Roman diets.
Turmeric is a plant that can grow up to six feet tall with a thick, woody stem and delicate leaves. It produces small yellow flowers which eventually develop into fruit capsules filled with seeds. These are the part of turmeric plants harvested for use as food or medicine.
What is turmeric curcumin?
Turmeric curcumin is an extract of the root of the turmeric plant that is often used as a natural remedy for many health problems, especially pain or inflammation.
It is likely that turmeric curcumin supplements offer health benefits for a number of reasons, with one being the anti-inflammatory properties it has.
Where does turmeric come from?
Turmeric is mainly grown in South Asia, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It grows best on the side of a mountain where it can get between 12 to 18 hours of sunlight per day.
What are the health benefits of turmeric?
The health benefits of turmeric supplements are wide and varied, as it is known for being a potent anti-inflammatory that can help relieve pain throughout the body.
Turmeric often gets its reputation from curcuminoids which make up about two to five percent of the root's total weight. Curcuminoids have been found to be potentially helpful in the treatment of chronic inflammation, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, and more.
Turmeric is also a potent antioxidant that helps with detoxification for your liver. Some studies have even found it to be effective against certain types of cancerous cells when combined with other methods of cancer treatment.
Turmeric is also known for being a natural pain reliever. It can be beneficial in relieving arthritis joint and back pain, as well as general soreness from overuse or injury.
Turmerics anti-inflammatory compounds and detoxification abilities make it one of the healthiest spices around.
How can I use turmeric extracts in conjunction with traditional medicine?
Turmeric extracts can be used in quite a few different ways. Here are just a few:
- Make a delicious turmeric latte with ginger, honey, and coconut milk.
- Add fresh or dried ground turmeric to your favorite dish for a health boost.
- Use turmeric extract as an ingredient in curry sauces to add color and flavor.
How much turmeric should I take?
The general recommended dosage for turmeric is one or two teaspoons per day. It can be sprinkled into any dish, eaten raw with a spoonful of olive oil and salt, mixed in your coffee grounds then brewed as usual, or taken straight by the teaspoon.
Some health care providers recommend 1000mg-2000mg (equivalent to one teaspoon) of turmeric in a capsule form.
How much turmeric is too much?
Too much turmeric can lead to stomach upset. The Institute of Ayurveda recommends a maximum dose of two teaspoons per day, with no more than one teaspoon at any given time.
How to cook with turmeric?
The health benefits of turmeric are in the curcumin. There's a lot of research that says it can help your liver, stomach, and ulcers. The best way to get those health benefits is by cooking at high heat or boiling for 20 minutes before eating. This will release more “curcuminoids” into the food you are cooking.
This should help you get all of those awesome benefits from the curcuminoid compounds in turmeric.
Additionally, it is important to buy a curry powder that contains at least 95% turmeric.
How long does it take to feel the effects of turmeric extract?
It can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days for turmeric's health benefits to kick in. The length of time depends on the dose taken, how often it is eaten, and individual differences in response.
How much turmeric for inflammation?
For inflammation and arthritis, it is the curcumin supplement in turmeric that may help to reduce symptoms. Since it is a spice that can be sprinkled on food. You can also take turmeric as a supplement. As with any herb, the dosage is based on age and health condition.
For example, adults may start out by taking 500 to 1000 mg of standardized curcumin extract supplements three times daily for up to six months. A typical dose is 400-600mg per day or one teaspoon of ground turmeric per day.
How long do turmeric supplements stay in your system?
Turmeric has been known to stay in the system for a long time. This is why it should be taken with food, or if you have stomach sensitivity issues it can irritate your digestive tract lining and make them worse.
What does turmeric do for the body: What are the side effects?
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, so it can help with chronic pain relief. It also helps to balance the immune system and reduce swelling from injuries. Turmeric has been shown in studies to be effective against active rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome. Also, known as inflammatory bowel disease.
Side effects of turmeric are few but may include upset stomach or nausea if taken on an empty stomach.
Turmeric is not addictive and has few side effects, so it's a safe alternative for those who want to supplement their diet with an all-natural product that can provide relief from some health symptoms.
How to use fresh turmeric?
A couple of ways you could use fresh turmeric are:
- Make a raw salad dressing
- Blended with coconut milk and honey for an easy smoothie that's perfect on a cold day.
How to store turmeric root?
Turmeric root should be stored in a cool, dark place.
Because of its many benefits, the use of turmeric should be considered by many as a very useful alternative and complementary medicine that helps with many chronic diseases. In addition to boosting your immune system.
Turmeric can be used in your cooking, as well as topically on your skin or nails. The main thing to remember with turmeric use is that it will have different benefits depending on how you use it.
Turmeric can help with lots of different health conditions and it is important to note that not everyone can tolerate the recommended dosage of curcumin in their system so consult your health care provider before you begin using turmeric if you are pregnant or have a pre-existing medical condition.
It should be stored in a cool, dark place and only consumed by adults who are not pregnant or have an existing medical condition as it can cause adverse effects for some people, such as nausea and stomach pain.
There are also side-effects associated with using turmeric which must be considered before consumption.