Indians have known the health benefits of turmeric for thousands of
years. More recent studies have proven that the people of India
were right in their use of turmeric for medicinal purposes. Grown
in South Asia, this herb in the Ginger family (Zingiberaceae) was
first known as Indian Saffron. The root system of bulbous rhizomes
boiled and dried produces a product that is then ground into a
powder. Turmeric has a peppery and somewhat bitter flavor, is deep
yellowish orange in color, and is used to make curry.
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has anti-inflammatory
and disinfecting properties. This explains its healing powers when
applied to cuts and abrasions. Taken orally as an
anti-inflammatory, turmeric does not have the side-effects commonly
associated with some modern pharmaceutical medicines. These include
intestinal bleeding, ulcers, and the decrease of white blood cells.
This makes turmeric a safe alternative to some non-prescription
Studies on mice and test grous of people have shown numerous
benefits of using turmeric. Scientific claims prove the benefits of
the herb aud in the relief of digestive complications and
inflammatory benefits. Studies on mice have proven successful on
slowing progression and preventing various forms of cancer.
Turmeric's detoxification qualities promote healthy digestion and
may aid in weight management. Studies have shown that it helps
clear LDL (bad cholesterol) from the liver and enhances liver
function. Because of its detoxification and anti-inflammatory
qualities, turmeric is used as a dietary supplement for relief from
irritable bowel syndrome and stomach disorders. Benefits of
turmeric consumption include the reduction of gas and bloating.