Turmeric, also known as Curcuma longa, is a spice mainly used in Indian dish curries. It is quite a powerful herb, and it has the ability to fight and potentially reverse disease. The herb also has so many healing properties. Currently, over 10,000 peer-reviewed articles have been published to show the positive impact turmeric has on treating and preventing disease. Turmeric has a healing compound, curcumin, which is responsible for its healing properties. Turmeric is one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in the wide field of science.
Where does turmeric come from
Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant, a native of Southeast Asia and India. The root of the Curcuma longa plant is dried and ground into a yellow powder, turmeric. Several chemical compounds are found in turmeric, and they are known as curcuminoids. Curcumin is the active substance in turmeric.
Uses and benefits of turmeric
As mentioned earlier, turmeric is widely studied, and a lot of research has been geared towards this herbal product. Turmeric has a lot of benefits, and it is widely used at home, in the healthcare environment and even in the hospitality industry. Briefly discussed are some of the uses and benefits of the herbal product:
- Health uses and benefits
Turmeric is used as an anti-inflammatory agent. The active compound in turmeric slows down the inflammatory process, and this is protective against chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and the likes.
Antidepressants properties. Turmeric can be used as an antidepressant agent because of its effect on the central nervous system. It can be used to augment the action of antidepressant agents.
Turmeric is chemotherapeutic, and it can also be used alongside chemotherapy. Chemotherapy causes a lot of nausea and vomiting. Turmeric comes in handy since it helps to suppress nausea and vomiting.
Pain reliever. Turmeric has pain relieving abilities and is, therefore, an acceptable and an organic alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids.
Weight loss. People who are on a weight loss regimen incorporate turmeric into their diet because of its lipid control ability. Turmeric helps keep obesity in check and in extension it is preventive against diabetes. It also has cholesterol lowering abilities therefore used as a cholesterol medication.
Turmeric is an anticoagulant. It is used as anticoagulation or an antiplatelet agent in people with coagulation disorders.
- Use in the beauty industry
Turmeric has a positive impact on skin health and is therefore used in some skin care products. Turmeric prevents wrinkling and scaling of the skin and keeps it moist giving one a young, energetic look.
- Home uses of turmeric
Turmeric was originally a spice, and it still is. It is widely used at home and in the hospitality industry as a food additive and spice. It gives food an aromatic taste and thus preferred by many.
Turmeric is used in preparing organic concoctions that are believed to relieve the body of fatigue and stress. The organic concoction is also believed to be a natural remedy for flu.