Most people know that Turmeric is used as a color additive in foods such as Curry powder, and that it has a bitter, sharp taste. Did you know that in India Turmeric has been used for over 2500 years, most notably as an Ayurvedic Medicine and is continuously being studied for its effects on modern disease? In fact this colourful gem touts over a 1000 published studies on its relation to various ‘diseases’. It’s no surprise when you consider that India, which has the highest use of Turmeric, also has the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s in the world! German scientists have studied Turmeric’s effect on the human body’s digestion and have found that it helps with bloating and indigestion however it is not recommended to be taken by a person with a stomach ulcer, since it will increase the acid levels and possibly make the issue worsen. Before taking this as a medicine it is best to speak with your qualified health care provider to see if Turmeric is right for you.
Turmeric has an active agent called Curcumin which performs as a strong antioxidant. Researchers have been and are currently studying the different ways Curcumin can be used for cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and others. Another notable association is in the positive effects on Dementia. How this has helped is by clearing the body of a protein called beta amyloid within the region of the brain that controls memory and learning. Unfortunately many people do not realize that it takes 15-20years for actual symptoms to appear, so it has a long time to process in the brain creating the damage. It is of utmost importance that people realize this and take per-cautions now rather than later. Unfortunately, just taking Turmeric alone for these types of issues, just won’t be enough to help the brain completely. Diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors are also major contributors here.
Turmeric is excellent as a blood thinner and helps to reduce inflammation, but what else can this simple herb do? Well it sure tastes pretty good in dishes, soups, salads, crackers and breads too. It has a mild taste with a strong yellow-orange pigment. We enjoy it in our morning fresh made green juice as well as in many of our food dishes. Have you tried Turmeric before? If so, how do prefer to consume it?