THE GOLDEN Health Benefits Of Turmeric

One Of The Most Versatile And Beneficial Medicinal Herbs!

Updated: May 27, 2019

Turmeric is far more than the traditional Indian spice which gives curries their vibrant golden color. It is recognized, not only as a food additive, but also as a medicine with health benefits dating back to ancient times. This combination has earned turmeric the nickname - The “Spice of Life”.₁

Turmeric has a long history of medicinal use in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, which stretches back 4500 years (2500 BCE) as well as in traditional Chinese medicine. There are over 100 different terms for 'turmeric' in Ayurvedic literature, such as jayanti, which translates to “one who is victorious over diseases,”. In Indian culture, such is the importance of turmeric that it transcends medicine and is considered auspicious and sacred within the Hindi religion.

Over the years, clinical studies have extensively looked at turmeric’s potential healing properties and over 2000 published studies currently underlie its well-deserved reputation as a potent medicinal herb.

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Of all the medicinal herbs I've researched and written about, turmeric has always generated the most interest. This ‘benefits of turmeric’ page has consistently ranked in the top handful of pages on this site since 2006! 

Turmeric’s star has continued its sustained rise in recent years, easily earning it the ‘nutritional superfood of 2019’ title. The abundance of consistently positive research, from both the east and west, establishing its celebrated multi-spectrum medicinal activity, clearly proves, however, that it is far from just another passing health fad or the latest ‘in-vogue’ health ingredient having a moment!

Turmeric’s traditional health benefits center around its multi-faceted anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties, however evidence from modern science also links it to substantially more. Read on to discover the numerous ways you can integrate this amazing spice into your daily health regime.

Mayo Clinic Dietician Weighs In on the Health Benefits of Turmeric

Does your pantry include that ancient root spice known as turmeric? In not, you may be missing out on some amazing health benefits. Mayo Clinic dietitian, Anya Guy, recently talked about some of those benefits.

Turmeric is a relative of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). The botanical (scientific) name of the turmeric plant is Curcuma longa.

Turmeric is a ‘storehouse’ of bioactive compounds with the most notable group, for health-promoting properties, being the ‘curcuminoid’ compounds: curcumin, desmethoxycurcumin and bisesmethoxycurcumin. Curcumin is the principal composition and is thus considered the principle bioactive compound in turmeric. Curcumin has been most studied for its significant anti-inflammatory activity in the human body (which is said to rival that of ibuprofen).

The most effective part of the turmeric plant for use in herbal supplements and medical preparations is its below-ground roots (rhizomes). Stems or roots found underground are called rhizomes.

Rhizomes, which produce that vivid yellow colour, contain the highest concentration of curcumin.

More Fantastic Properties

Turmeric has been the subject of a sizable amount of research into its potential as an anti-cancer agent as well as its tumor suppressing properties; anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant capacity.

And there's more! Additional health benefits are observed through its pain suppressing ability. Most of the studies to date have been on animals however Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine has recorded the medicinal health benefits of turmeric in humans over a long period of time.

Studies suggest the most recognized health benefits of turmeric to be:

  • Treating digestive disorders

  • As an anti-inflammatory agent (e.g. treatment of osteoarthritis)

  • Treatment of arteriosclerosis - may cause a reduction in bad cholesterol that can lead to blockage of the arteries.

  • Preliminary studies suggest a potential treatment for certain cancers - breast, colon, prostate and skin (only low-quality studies in humans have been conducted)

  • Reducing activity of roundworms and intestinal worms

  • Protection from liver disease

  • Preventing bacterial infection in wounds

  • Healing wounds

  • Eye disorder - possible (natural) treatment for uveitis
Turmeric antioxidant capacity was examined as part of a German research study during 2003 (Screening pharmaceutical preparations containing extracts of turmeric rhizome, artichoke leaf, devil's claw root and garlic or salmon oil for antioxidant capacity).

This study found:

"All fractions of the turmeric extract preparation exhibited pronounced antioxidant activity, which was assigned to the presence of curcumin and other polyphenols" (J Pharm Pharmacol. 2003 Jul; 55(7):981-6.)

To access the abstract of this study please click here

The Numerous Benefits Of Turmeric Provide Powerful Natural Remedies As Options To DANGEROUS Pharmaceutical Drugs!

In India, researchers are focusing on the positive results of treating diabetic patients with curcumin to prevent diabetic health complications. Turmeric is also cited in Spanish research for its ability to decrease the impact of high-fat diets and to help liver function in breaking down fatty tissue.

Precautions And Side Effects

As with any herbal extract it is important to take this herb according to label directions in order to derive the strongest (but safest) benefits of turmeric. Few side effects have been reported in individuals taking turmeric at recommended dosages.

If you are allergic to spices including turmeric or yellow food colourings you should avoid turmeric. This applies to any allergies you may have to any plants of the ginger family.

With large doses or long term use turmeric may increase stomach acid levels and possibly lead to heartburn, ulcers, stomach irritation or gallstones. Mild side effects can include skin rash or dizziness.

Theoretically, turmeric may increase the risk of bleeding when used with anticoagulants (blood thinners) or antiplatelet drugs - be sure to mention any herbs you take to your doctor as he may require you to stop taking them prior to surgery.

If you have been diagnosed with gallstones, obstructions of the bile ducts, stomach or intestinal ulcers, high levels of stomach acid, immune system diseases or liver conditions you should first talk to you physician before using this herb.

The benefits and side effects of turmeric are unlikely to be known by many doctors so it's IMPORTANT to find one who is familiar with herbal treatments or is prepared to research the issue for you!

DO NOT take turmeric health supplements if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Turmeric may stimulate contractions of the uterus and may cause irregular fluctuations in menstrual periods.

Turmeric benefits can be offset by its potential to react with some prescription drugs - so if you are taking any consult your doctor before taking turmeric in any supplement form.

When used in isolation, turmeric will not produce the same results for everybody!

If you wish to take turmeric for preventative health-care reasons it should be taken in combination with other well-known medicinal herbs (and piperine), as an ingredient in a science-based, multi-nutrient vitamin/health supplement. So, let's look at some key criteria when shopping for, or comparing, premium grade health supplements.

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Comparing a multi vitamin/mineral supplement formula with the Total Balance formula is like comparing a yacht with an ocean liner!

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The bio-scientist who created Total Balance (Prof. Dr. A Munem Daoud PhD., MSc., ND,)(now deceased) was one of the world's most renowned scientists with both a pharmaceutical and natural substance background. As just one notable example, NASA had him creating natural brain formulas for their astronauts!

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Benefits of Turmeric
Summing Up!

My last word on the health benefits of turmeric is this. It is a valuable medicinal herb which offers a wide range of potent medicinal properties.

High-quality human studies are therefore needed to conclusively confirm turmeric's effectiveness especially for major conditions like Cancer, AIDS, Heart Disease and so on.

Turmeric is a unique herb which should always be included as a standardized herbal extract in science-based, multi-ingredient health supplements aimed at enhanced full body protection and overall wellness.

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