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Turmeric (Curcuma longa L) has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, which integrates the medicinal properties of herbs to the food. Since ancient times, the rhizome of turmeric has been used as a seasoning, food preservative and dye. In Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been used to treat various diseases because of its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.This extraordinary herb has found its way into the spotlight in the Ocident because of its wide range of medicinal benefits. Turmeric is a potent antioxidant. Curcumin, its main active constituent, is as powerful and antioxidant as vitamins C, E and beta-carotene, making turmeric usage a consumer choice for cancer prevention, liver protection and premature aging. In recent decades, curcumin has been extensively studied because of its numerous pharmacological activities, including antioxidant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antitumor, antiviral, healing, hypoglycemic, neuroprotective, antipyloidogenic and immunomodulatory.
CONSTITUENTS: The active constituents of turmeric are the flavonoids curcumin (diferuloylmethane) and various volatile oils, including tumerone, atlantone, and zingiberone. Other constituents include sugars, proteins, and resins.
LATIN NAME: Curcuma longa L.
USED PARTS: rhizomes
DRYING METHOD: Sun dried
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: flavonoid curcumin (diferuloylmethane), various volatile oils (including tumerone, atlantone, and zingiberone), sugars, proteins, and resins.
PROPERTIES: Turmeric has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal actions. Studies have shown that curcumin is not toxic to humans. Curcumin exerts anti-inflammatory activity by inhibition of a number of different molecules that play an important role in inflammation. Turmeric is effective in reducing post-surgical inflammation. Turmeric helps to prevent atherosclerosis by reducing the formation of bloods clumps. Curcumin inhibits the growth of Helicobacter pylori, which causes gastric ulcers and has been linked with gastric cancers. Curcumin can bind with heavy metals such as cadmium and lead, thereby reducing the toxicity of these heavy metals. Curcumin also has protective action to the brain. Several published studies also show that turmeric inhibits the growth of several different types of cancer cells. In addition, turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, easing conditions such as bursitis, arthritis and back pain. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory action is likely due to a combination of three different properties. First, turmeric lowers the production of inflammation-inducing histamine. Secondly, it increases and prolongs the action of the body’s natural antiinflammatory adrenal hormone, cortisol, and finally, turmeric improves circulation, thereby flushing toxins out of small joints where cellular wastes and inflammatory compounds are frequently trapped. Research has also confirmed the digestive benefits of turmeric. Turmeric acts as a cholagogue, stimulating bile production, thus, increasing the bodies’ ability to digest fats, improving digestion an deliminating toxins from the liver.
PREPARATION: Turmeric is available in powdered form as a culinary spice, and in tablets and capsules as medicinal extracts. Adults can take 400 to 600 mg of turmeric extract three times per day. The dried spice is not effective for treating specific conditions but is good for general health.
APPLICATIONS: Nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, food supplements, food supplements, functional foods, medical food.
PRECAUTIONS: Turmeric is safe for most people when consumed in amounts found in food. But turmeric can have side effects when taken in large doses. Although there is no evidence that dietary consumption of turmeric as a spice adversely affects pregnancy or lactation, the safety of curcumin supplements in pregnancy and lactation has not been established.
For educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.