Updated: Mar 11, 2019
If you're anything like me, your health is a priority and I want to stay as fit and healthy as possible. I prefer natural over supplements, after all most conventional drugs have their origins in plants e.g. foxgloves are digoxin and Asprin comes from the bark of the willow tree - don't get me wrong I think natural medicine and conventional medicine can complement each other. I was brought up with the ethos that prevention is better than cure.
So if you are interested in natural health, herbs and want to know how, why and what makes turmeric so good then continue to read. I've tried to cram as much in with as few a words to make it an interesting read, I am a qualified herbalist having put in over 2000 hours of study to gain this a few years ago.
There are over 7000 studies into the benefits of turmeric, specifically the active elements, to name just 2, curcumin and lipopolysaccharide (although there are 7 more active properties that are being researched, but would take this short blog into a harder read). A large number have been done by leading medical institutes and universities including Michigan and Leicester as well as Cancer Research and the International Journal and Cancer research and treatment features many research articles.
You can use turmeric as powder or as fresh root, I prefer the fresh root (personal taste, I find dried to dusty and bitter whereas fresh has a more earthy and vibrant taste) you can store fresh turmeric in the fridge in an airtight container for a couple of weeks or freeze them for a few months. I like to freeze individual shots in an ice cube tray and then store them in a ziplock bag until I need them ( I then defrost them and keep in a glass jar for my daily shot. Recipe at the end of this blog 👇🏽
A word of advice...remember to wear gloves otherwise you will end up with hands like mine, for at least a few hours and worse case scenario a few days. The colour is not enhanced my hands really are orange and yellow.
Turmeric is rich in Iron, fibre, Niacin, Magnesium, Vitamins C, E and K, Potassium, Calcium, Copper and Zinc!
What Turmeric can do for you:-
Diminish joint pain, especially associated with Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis.
Anti-carcinogenic; it has been shown in laboratory tests to kill cancer mutated cells and prevent more growing and is especially good in bowel, breast, stomach, prostate and skin cancers (this basic research information has been released by cancer charities)
Antimutagenic ( reduction in the rate of cell mutation)
Calmative and treats Depression; the curcoumadin (active yellow agent) is thought to be a mood stimulant and calms the nervous system .
Enhances the Chemotheraputic properties in treatment. This is a huge study and has been shown to make the bioavailability of the chemotherapy drug more cell specific and as it has a natural anti-mutagentic properties compliments the action of the drugs (this is very basic paraphrasing!)
Calms IBS symptoms
Helps treat autoimmune disorders (study showed positive results in 2007: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology))
Boosts immune system (specifically by the compound lipopolysaccharide)
Wound healing including psoriasis and eczema skin conditions.
Altzheimers prevention:- the brain requires a healthy balance of blood and oxygen in the body. Altzehimers is caused by the development of protein in the brain. It is thought that Turmeric helps regulate blood health which in turn prevents the development in protein in the brain. Research is still being conducted,
Heart health; Turmeric has been shown to separate fats in digestive transit helping to maintain a healthy cholesterol level.
Dose suggestion:- Ayurvedic medicine suggests a dose of 100mg - 600mg per day or about 1 inch of root - supplements should state 95% Curcumin to be viable. It should be taken over a long period, it can take approx 8 weeks for the properties of turmeric to reach steady state, where the body has a constant, steady level. However, it is important to know that Curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body which is why you need to combine consumption with bioperine (the active ingredient in black pepper) taking these two together enhances absorption during digestion and minimising first pass (every "drug" goes through this: it is where the drug concentration is greatly reduced by being metabolised first in the gut and liver before reaching the systemic circulation)
Why not include one of these recipes as part of your healthy and balanced lifestyle - remember that no one thing can cure everything but if we live holistically we can boost our chances of living a healthy life.
You can also grate into home made coleslaw and make into Haldi Doodh or moon milk 1/2 inch turmeric root, small glass of half milk and half water, pinch cinnamon, I star anise and 1 tsp honey. Bring the milk, turmeric, honey, star anise and cinnamon to the boil. Pour through a strainer and enjoy. I have this on a Tuesday night after doing 3 different yoga classes in different areas and doing 2 live online yoga classes - it relaxes me and makes me sleep so well.
A word of caution, do not take a large dose of Turmeric if you have planned surgery; on any blood thinners ore pregnant. Turmeric is a natural blood thinner and can make you bleed easier.
Hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading