Turmeric (Curcuma longa) e perennial plant of the genus “Turmeric” with branched brown roots, and the interior has orange color and specific smell. The roots are used more as a medicine than as a culinary spice.
Turmeric contains the active substance of curcumin, thanks to which it is called a “miracle” of nature and is characterized by many health advantages, complemented by B vitamins, vitamins C, K, zinc, calcium and others.
Turmeric is distinguished primarily by its antioxidant action, coupled with its antibacterial activity. As an additional feature of turmeric it’s highlighting its hepatoprotective and anti-ulcer effect. Simultaneously, turmeric has anti-inflammatory activity by reducing levels of histamine and prostaglandins that trigger inflammatory processes in the body. Curcumin has anti-clogging properties and is a trusted treatment for ischemic stroke and myocardial infarction.
Latest studies show that curcumin inhibits the growth of malignant cells and this effect is most pronounced in leukemia in children. The oil isolated from turmeric, possesses the ability to block the enzyme glutamate-5-transferase synthesis and cytochrome P-4 50, as well as lipid peroxidase by suppressing oxidation of DNA. Turmeric as a healing product is widely used, not only by healers but also medics. Therefore we believe it is of great benefit to know that turmeric is extremely useful and harmless herb as a dietary supplement and excipient in a variety of medical conditions and in completely healthy people in order to improve their health status. As adjunctive treatment turmeric can be used in treating the following conditions:
Ulcer: Turmeric favorably affect the healing process by helping to reduce gastric acid secretion and accelerates regeneration of the stomach lining.
Ulcerative colitis (Crohn’s disease): Turmeric helps the body’s defenses, which largely depend on the state of the small and especially the large intestine, where it is believed that the main part of the immune system is located. It is assumed that the healing effect is due to the ability of curcumin to inhibit the inflammatory factor NF- kB.
Type 2 diabetes: Curcumin reduces blood sugar levels mainly normalizing its field and is able in many cases to completely replace anti-diabetic agents, especially in combination with goji-berry and cinnamon.
Chronic pancreatitis: Turmeric suppresses the inflammatory process in the pancreas through its effects on the enzymes, thereby leading to relapses.
Rheumatoid arthritis: The effect on rheumatoid arthritis is due to the presence of zinc in turmeric and the curcumin itself. Similarly, has storng action in respect of chronic uveitis, especially if curcumin is combined with corticosteroids.
Cardiovascular system: Turmeric has beneficial effects on the atheroma process, lowers bad cholesterol while increasing the levels of the good one and lowers the values of platelets. Thanks to the rich content of vitamin B6 in turmeric, the level of homocysteine, which is a direct pest of the blood vessel walls, is sharply reduced. By only about one weeks of use of turmeric you’ll be able to reduce bad cholesterol by about 11% and increase the good one by 30%.
Antitumor activity: In the conditions of the experiment on animals it has been found that in colon, mammary gland, pancreas and prostate cancer and leukemia in children, turmeric inhibits the growth and development of malignant cells. In patients with a congenital form of polyposis colon cancer treated with turmeric and quercetin for 6 months polyps disappeared in 60% of patients, and in the other – polyps have reduced its length by 50%. Curcumin in combination with broccoli halts the progression of prostate and breast cancer for 8-12 months.
Curcumin has shown a healing effect on cystic fibrosis – a very serious genetic disease. There have been considerable improvements also in patients with psoriasis treated with turmeric.
Alzheimer’s disease: Incredible as it may sound, studies show that curcumin protects the brain against the production of protein causing Alzheimer’s disease by inserting a gene that encodes the production of antioxidant proteins that protect the brain against oxidative damage from free radicals. This oxidation is considered a key factor in aging and responsible for neurodegenerative diseases, including dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease.
In conclusion: The use of turmeric is particularly useful not only for patients but also for healthy individuals, except for pregnant and lactating mothers. There are no side effects even after prolonged use in optimal doses in the range of 1/2 to 1 capsule daily of curcumin powder.