Turmeric is a spice related to ginger. It is commonly used in Indian dishes, the most popular one being curry. When dried, the herb can be ground into a bright orange-yellow powder. This powder taste spicy, warm, and slightly bitter.
What are some benefits of turmeric?
Curcuminoids is in turmeric, and this is what causes the healthy side effects. This ingredient has successfully proven to be an anti-inflammatory. It works on a molecular level, attacking the inflammation from multiple sides. In some cases, it performed better than pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory medications.
Drinking turmeric is beneficial in treating the inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis. In the test phases still, turmeric is also showing promise in multiple sclerosis patients. Scientists believe antioxidant activity combined with the other healthy side effects slow the progression of nerve deterioration in MS.
The spice also is an antiseptic and anti-microbial. Combined with oil, such as coconut oil or tea tree oil, and applied to wounds it acts as an antibiotic ointment. Although this poultice will stain skin, cloth, and anything else it touches.
Plaque buildup in the brain can be partially to blame for Alzheimer’s disease. As the brain cells die, dementia sets in. Turmeric may prevent the plaque from forming initially, or prevent it from sticking and building up. Some studies have shown the spice may somehow be stimulating stem cells to create new brain cells.
Studies on Turmeric
Scientists prompted clinical studies when they discovered that geriatric people living in India did not have high levels of Alzheimer’s. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry reported on a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, which involved 40 patients with mild memory issues. The participants that received the turmeric increased their memory test scores by 28% but also documented feeling better emotionally.
How to Take Turmeric
The obvious way to ingest the spice is through food, but another traditional way is a drink referred to as the golden drink. Here is a recipe for turmeric milk with ingredients, measurements, and instructions. Coconut, soy or almond milk can be successful used as the base, and some drinkers add a dash of sugar to offset the peppery flavor.