Turmeric is a medicinal plant that has a long deep yellow root that is transformed into powder and used as a condiment in several countries and as a food coloring, especially in India. This plant is also known as root saffron or as a stick.
Besides being used very often in cooking, turmeric can also be used as a natural remedy to improve gastrointestinal problems, fever, treat colds and even reduce high cholesterol.
Turmeric is a plant with long, shiny leaves with a height of up to 1 meter and has long roots of orange or bright yellow. An interesting fact is that it is one of the ingredients of curry, which is another condiment very used in Indian cuisine. Its scientific name is Curcuma longa and can be purchased in natural products stores, some pharmacies and in some markets.
Benefits of turmeric:
The main properties of turmeric are its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and digestive action and, therefore, this plant has several benefits for the organism such as:
- Improve digestion;
- Relieve joint pain and arthritis
- Help in weight loss;
- Fight colds and flu;
- Avoid asthma attacks;
- Detoxify the liver;
- Regulate the intestinal flora;
- Eliminate intestinal worms;
- Treat liver problems;
- Stimulate the immune system;
- Relieve inflammation in the skin such as eczema, acne or psoriasis.
Also, turmeric can be used to lower blood cholesterol levels, inhibit clot formation and relieve premenstrual symptoms.
The active ingredient of turmeric is curcumin, which is being studied to treat skin wounds like burns. For its study is being included in gels and topical application ointments, presenting excellent results.
How to use turmeric:
Turmeric powder: It’s comes from its root to season foods, however, its leaves can also be used in the preparation of some teas.
Turmeric Pills: 1 capsule twice daily with an adequate amount of water or as indicated by a physician.
Infusion of turmeric: Place 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder coffee in 150 ml of boiling water and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Then you should let it be warm, drink up to 3 cups a day between meals;
Turmeric gel: mix a spoonful of aloe vera with the powder of turmeric and apply on the regions of the skin that are inflamed, as in psoriasis.
Possible side effects:
The side effects of turmeric are related to its excessive use, being able to cause irritation in the stomach and dizziness.
Contraindications of turmeric: Despite having several health benefits, turmeric is contraindicated in people who are taking anticoagulant drugs and in individuals who have bile duct obstruction due to stones in the gallbladder. Turmeric should be used only under medical guidance if pregnancy is suspected or in pregnancy and during breastfeeding.