What is Tumeric
Tumeric is a plant that is the main spice in curry. Most people know it for its bitter taste and its bright orange color. It has a sharp taste and smells like pepper. In addition to its use to flavor and color curry, its root is also used in the making of medications.
In addition to its antiinfective properties (antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal) tumeric is also loaded with protein and dietary fiber. It is packed with a host of vitamins and nutrients such as niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. If that’s not enough, check out these additional uses.
Top 10 Claims to Fame
Helps to relieve inflammation such as in arthritis and has anti-oxidant properties to destroy free radicals.
Prevents liver disease
Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease
Reduces cholesterol level
My favorite- boosts the immune system
Can improve digestion
Can help to maintain ideal body weight
Bonus: I have found it helpful with lemon juice to controlling acne!
How does it work
Some components in tumeric may help to decrease swelling (inflammation). Tumeric also has anti-oxidant properties which decrease free radicals that can damage the cells in our body.
Sources such as Web MD report that for most problems, tumeric has been used in doses of 500 mg twice a day and up to 500 mg four times a day. As with everything, it is not without side effects, however, I would rather use something natural that has been around for ages instead of popping a pill. Feel free to comment on your experience with this natural root.
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