Turmeric Uses, Benefits, And Side Effects
Turmeric has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory and even for healing wounds. Turmeric comes from the root, or underground stems, of the Curcuma Longa plant, a member of the ginger family. Curcumin is the nutrient in turmeric that makes it so beneficial.
Among elderly populations, villagers in India (who consume turmeric with almost every meal) have lower rates of Alzheimer’s than other groups (based on some population studies). It is believed that the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin plays a role, since Alzheimer’s begins as an inflammatory response in the brain. Studies have also shown that turmeric has been used as a non-steroidal treatment for arthritis, can protect against cancer (can induce apoptosis, or death of a cancer cell), and there are clinical trials investigating the use of curcumin for colon cancer treatment. Curcumin has also been shown to reduce inflammation in the GI tract.
Turmeric can be used as a tea, spice, or encapsulated as a supplement. Learn more about the uses, as well as potential side effects:
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