In recent years, Turmeric and Curcumin have become buzzwords in the healthcare industry to treat suffering from inflammation or diabetes, lower cholesterol, or even prevent cancer – to name but a few. The Asian spice is repeatedly listed as one of the top superfoods, with kale, salmon, olive oil and seaweed at the forefront! We know that the terms turmeric, curcumin, and turmeric easily get mixed up. So let’s first clarify what is here.

What are turmeric and curcumin?
Turmeric belongs to the ginger family and is the root spice that gives Indian curry its golden colour. People throughout China and India have been using it for millennia not only for cooking but also for its numerous healing properties.

Curcumin is the major, most powerful and most researched active among the three curcuminoids (or bioactive constituents) found in turmeric and is most central to the health benefits of the plant.

However, by weight, pure turmeric powder contains only 3% curcumin, and store-bought and curry-spice blends have a proportionally lower proportion. Turmeric extracts, however, usually contain about 75%.

It is also difficult for the body to absorb curcumin effectively. It often finds its way through the body without being even recorded. One solution is to add black pepper (or the active ingredient piperine or supplements) do the dishes, which increases intake by 1000-2000% +.

An effective amount depends on the particular disease and the weight of the user. Clinical studies have shown that taking 400-700 mg turmeric twice or three times daily has an effect. However, long-term studies still have to be carried out. Large amounts are therefore not recommended in the long term and you should always discuss with a doctor possible interactions with other drugs such as Coumadin.

Turmeric is interesting in that so far zero or negligible side effects compared to other remedies have occurred.

1.Anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric
Inflammation is the natural reaction of our body to fight infection. However, if they get out of control, they also create the condition for most diseases in the Western world. Fortunately, curcumin could be considered safe, meaning that it weakens the immune response that would otherwise cause more inflammation, which in turn leads to numerous diseases.

Recently, people suffering from chronic inflammation, such as arthritis, psoriasis or gout, have had little choice except for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (painkillers such as ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen). These drugs have strong negative side effects, such as ulcers. Recent research and widespread interest in turmeric have found that sufferers have an effective, comparable alternative in which intake over longer periods of time is safer. Turmeric can alleviate arthritis by relieving inflammation and reducing cartilage and bone destruction.

2.Improves digestion
In an age when gluten intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome (RDS) and Crohn’s disease (a form of RDS) are on the increase, patients are currently being treated with heavy new drugs, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, and even surgery

Since the first step in dealing with inflammatory diseases is fighting the inflammation, curcumin has been shown to lower the symptoms and inflammatory levels of Crohn’s disease.

It also has been shown to stimulate the gallbladder, improving liver function. At the same time, it calms the digestive system by strengthening and renewing the digestive and intestinal mucosa, resulting in better digestion. So, if you have bloating or indigestion, turmeric may be the solution for you.

3.Cleans the liver
Diseases of the liver (hepatitis, cirrhosis, cholestasis, etc.) are still one of the major causes of death worldwide, for which there is currently no cure. Damage to the liver may be due to alcohol abuse, genetic predisposition, disease (hepatitis C) or the long-term use of drugs. Curcumin is such a potent antioxidant that it is currently considered a potential cure. Promising studies indicate its effect on the non-alcoholic fatty liver (NALFD). Another suggests that curcumin prevents cirrhosis (and suppresses genetically-induced cirrhosis), relieves pain from an inflamed liver, and even reverses the symptoms of cirrhosis, including increasing the activity of antioxidant enzymes.

4.Promotes fat loss
Since we are all fighting the bacon rolls, we have another weapon at our side. When gaining weight, new blood vessels increasingly lead to fatty tissue. A study by Tufts University has shown that curcumin has helped to restrict the growth of fat cells in mice, resulting in lower body fat, lower liver weight, and lower cholesterol levels. Researchers suggest that large amounts of curcumin, similar to other polyphenols (green tea, for example), could prevent the fat from being absorbed into the body. Turmeric also supports weight loss by protecting against overweight related conditions such as insulin resistance (diabetes), cholesterol and metabolic problems.

5.Works against depression
A new study from 2018 has reported that curcumin has been shown to help combat depression. Supported by a previous study in 2017, this not only shows less depression but also a significant relief of anxiety. In addition – yes, this has only been tested in rats so far – the results are very promising to help with PTB (post-traumatic stress disorder) and depression caused by chronic mild stress.

6.Relieves pain
When we have pain, our first thought is usually to resort to ibuprofen or aspirin. However, it has been found that turmeric can counteract pain causes – especially inflammation. In a study of postoperative patients, those who received turmeric rated their pain as lighter and asked for fewer additional pain medications. Research has also shown that turmeric relieves premenstrual syndromes (PMS).

7.Heals wounds and cleanses the skin
Turmeric is not only an important anti-inflammatory but also an antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant – so there is also a big wave on YouTube about the use of turmeric in masks, for less acne, scarring, skin lightening, healing, and healing to treat psoriasis.

In addition to radiant skin with fewer impurities, it has also been reported that turmeric has been proven to heal wounds faster. Inflammation, depleted antioxidants and free radicals all hinder wound healing. Turmeric, however, supports the growth of new small blood vessels that help to renew tissue and accelerate the healing process, thereby preventing inflammation.

8.Helps the heart
Turmeric has been shown to prevent or delay the onset of atherosclerosis (deposits in the arteries), blood clots that cause strokes and reduce cholesterol levels. It is undeniable, for example, that heart attacks pose a serious risk in a bypass operation. In one study, only 13% of people who took turmeric prior to the procedure had such an event, compared to 30% of those who did not take it.

9.Reduces the risk of cancer
We’ve all heard of how important it is to look for an antioxidant-rich diet. To understand why you should know what free radicals are and why we dig ourselves for such a fancy word: ‘antioxidants’.

Free radicals are molecules that lack an electron. Therefore, they repeatedly steal electrons from healthy molecules and leave destruction (the oxidation process that leads to cell and DNA damage and diseases such as cancer).

Antioxidants like turmeric like to release an electron without becoming free radicals. They are d to stabilize and build again. They also help to activate your body’s own antioxidants.

Recent scientific findings have shown that many cancers of the body with infection, chronic irritation and – yes, three times you may guess – inflammation. As we have already mentioned, turmeric combats both infections and inflammation, reducing the risk of cancer. It selectively kills tumour cells and restricts tumour growth and metastasis. (Turmeric has been shown to be effective in certain cancers, more research is in progress.)

10.Improves brain function
A study from the University of California (UCLA) has shown that subjects with mild memory difficulties had an improvement of 28% in their memory, in addition to less depression over 18 months thanks to curcumin supplements. To go one step further, we know that Alzheimer’s is an inflammatory disease. Although it has many causes and no known cure, scientists have found that in India, where turmeric is an important spice, only 0.7% of the population is affected by Alzheimer’s disease, whereas in the US it is 3.1%. Alzheimer’s disease reduces the level of the hormone that stimulates neurotrophic growth factors.

How should it be consumed?
To take advantage of all the beneficial properties of turmeric listed above, it should be consumed daily. This can be done by taking turmeric extract, capsules or tablets, or adding spice to dishes.

It is important to know that turmeric gives them a special taste and rich yellow colour. It can be safely added to soups, stews, rice, pasta, and various sauces. In addition, it can be present in desserts: in cakes, cakes, puddings (flanks), cocktails, custard, etc.

In turmeric there is another useful quality: it can be used externally for skin diseases, making a compress with water or with clay. This home remedy will be very effective in treating such ailments as psoriasis and eczema.

Before using and starting treatment, we recommend consulting a doctor.