Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Turmeric nutritiously valuable?
The “Queen of Spices”, as chefs and gourmands fondly call it, is the root stalk of a tropical plant that’s part of the ginger family. Its main characteristics are a pepper-like aroma, sharp taste and golden color and are widely used for various dishes.
However, aside from its culinary properties, Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines. One of the main components is a substance called curcumin which has potential healing properties.
According to some chemical journals, turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties.
What health benefits can you get from Turmeric?
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant with Bioactive Compounds!
In recent years, studies, research and clinical trials have been carried out to determine the effects of Curcumin. While the results are not yet conclusive, it has already been determined that Turmeric contains antioxidants and bioactive compounds. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that damage the cells while Bioactive Compounds have medicinal properties that may help in the treatment of some conditions such as:
Turmeric contains a natural anti-inflammatory compound called Curcumin that can be beneficial for people suffering from chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and tendinitis.
Compounds in turmeric help to lower low-density lipoprotein, or "bad" cholesterol levels and prevent cholesterol from building plaque on blood vessel walls. Turmeric can also prevent platelets from clumping together, which may reduce the risk of blood clots.
Turmeric’s preventive effects may relate to its antioxidant properties which protect cells from damage to help prevent or aid in the treatment of several types of cancers. Intensive research is still ongoing for Turmeric’s anti-cancer properties.
PREVENTION OF DIABETES
Studies have shown that curcumin may provide ideal intervention for Type 2 diabetes capable of mitigating characteristic pathophysiological hallmarks of the disease such as elevated blood sugar and insulin resistance. Research has shown that curcumin has glucose lowering effect and improves fatty acid oxidation and utilization.
Turmeric has also been studied to prevent or slow down the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease which is a leading cause of dementia. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of curcumin is generally believed to be cause various improvements in the pathological process of Alzheimer’s disease.
Research has also indicated that curcumin may help in the fight against liver damage. It seems to delay the onset of cirrhosis.
Turmeric is a terrific source of nutrients
Turmeric is loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, Niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc.