What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is the underground rootstock (or rhizome) of a perennial plant. It belongs to the ginger family and is cultivated in tropical Asia, India and China and is decorated with a plant which reaches a height of 0.9 to 1.5 m. The curative plant bears large, elongated leaves and a yellow funnel-shaped flower.
Turmeric’s Nutritional Values
Turmeric is enriched with a complex nutrient density and provides important proteins, digestive fibre and vitamins such as vitamin K, vitamin E , riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), choline and vitamin C. 100 grams of turmeric provide 1,8 mg of pyridoxine and about 23.9 mg of vitamin C. It is a source of important minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium and manganese, but also sodium, copper, zinc and also magnesium. It is very rich in phytochemical including beta-carotene and curcumin. Turmeric is also a potent antioxidant killing off free radicals and therefore supporting the immune system.
Natural Medicine! *
Curcumin, the yellow pigment in turmeric is the active ingredient and has a significant anti-inflammatory activity. This is to be compared with the medicines hydrocortisone, phenylbutazone and the anti-inflammatory ibuprofen. Apart from being a fantastic anti inflammatory and natural pain relief, it may also acts as a liver protector agains toxins, aids circulation, lowers cholesterol and has a generally positive effect on our blood vessels and even proved to have antibiotic properties.
It is traditionally used in curries and as a general seasoning but it is available in capsule and tablet form as well. Check it out here!
Only a few weeks to go until the London Marathon and many will reach to pain killers to combat the stress and strain their bodies have been exposed to. Stay away from conventional drugs and turn to turmeric.
As a runner you can have a tremendous amount of inflammation. Inflammation is caused by an increase of free radicals in the body and can come from issues such as diet, lifestyle choices, digestive issues, and chronic conditions, including heart disease or diabetes. Exercise is also a natural cause of free radical production. There are different foods you can incorporate into your diet to manage inflammation, but turmeric is a simple and very powerful choice. Start using turmeric and you will notice improvement with stiffness, soreness, and overall well-being.
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* Who shouldn’t take turmeric as a supplement.
It is generally safe to take as a food supplement, but as with all natural medicines they have to be treated just like any other medicine and precaution should be taken when taking other medication to prevent a drug nutrient contraindication.
Expecting mothers shouldn’t take a turmeric supplement, as higher doses can bring on a menstrual cycle but consuming it in food is absolutely safe.
Diabetics on medication need to bear in mind that turmeric has a natural blood sugar lowering effect and they have to monitor their blood sugars closely to adjust their medication or speak to their doctor or diabetes nurse. If you are controlling your blood sugars naturally than turmeric will be beneficial in lowering it.
Turmeric can thin the blood, meaning it can be inappropriate for people who have bleeding disorders as it can increase their risk of bruising and bleeding.
If you are suffering from gallbladder or kidney problems it is advised not to take turmeric in large quantities.