10 Benefits of Turmeric and How To Use It

Natural MumNov 7, '23

Turmeric is a plant with orange roots that has a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action.

Turmeric Benefits

Turmeric helps to lower cholesterol, prevent diabetes and relieve pain. It owes these effects to its bioactive components - surcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin.

Turmeric is also a widely used ingredient in creams, it helps treat skin problems such as psoriasis and acne due to its antibacterial properties.

Turmeric root is easily found in health food stores, some supermarkets and pharmacies. It can be used for teas or to season meats, vegetables and soups. In addition, turmeric is also sold in the form of oral capsules and creams.

What is it for and benefits

Turmeric provides several health benefits, such as:

1. Help prevent cancer

Turmeric has phenolic compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, helping to prevent the emergence of some types of cancer such as colon, breast, intestine, bladder and bone marrow.

This plant can also fight cancer cells and increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, helping to treat cancer.

However, more studies are still needed to prove the benefit of turmeric in treating cancer.

2. Reduce cholesterol

Due to its antioxidant properties, turmeric helps reduce levels of "bad" cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides in the blood, preventing cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, stroke or atherosclerosis.

3. Relieve pain

When used therapeutically, turmeric helps relieve headaches and joint pain, such as that seen in rheumatoid arthritis, for example, an inflammation of the joints that causes pain and difficulty moving. Find out about other products sold at Natural Mum that can help treat pain: PlayOn muscle relaxer & recovery

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4. Help with weight loss

Turmeric can help with weight loss as it has thermogenic action, stimulating energy expenditure and burning body fat. 

Furthermore, turmeric helps reduce some inflammatory markers that increase in cases where there is overweight and obesity, making it a good option to include in weight loss diets.

5. Prevent neurodegenerative diseases

Turmeric has a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action that helps improve cognitive capacity, in addition to preventing neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or dementia.

6. Control diabetes

This medicinal plant improves the functions of pancreas cells, which is the organ responsible for secreting the hormone insulin, helping to reduce blood glucose levels. Therefore, using turmeric is a good option for people with insulin resistance or diabetes.

7. Prevent allergic diseases

According to some studies, turmeric helps prevent allergic diseases, such as allergic rhinitis and sinusitis, and asthma, by inhibiting the production of cytokines and IgE, which are substances in the immune system that increase during allergy attacks.

8. Treat intestinal problems

Turmeric can help treat intestinal problems, such as diarrhoea and inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, for example, because it works to reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms.

9. Treat skin problems

Due to its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant action, turmeric can be recommended, in the form of creams or oral capsules, to complement the treatment of skin problems such as acne, alopecia, dermatitis, oral lichen planus or psoriasis.

10. Helps reduce depression

Curcumin can influence the balance of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that are related to well-being and good mood. Therefore, turmeric can be a good option as a complementary treatment for some situations such as depression, anxiety or stress.

How to use Turmeric

The most used part of turmeric is the powder of its root, to season preparations such as soups, meats and vegetables. Furthermore, its leaves can also be used to prepare some teas.

Turmeric tea: put 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in 150 ml of boiling water and let it rest for about 10 minutes. After cooling, drink up to 3 cups a day between meals.

Turmeric capsules: the generally recommended dosage is 2 capsules of 250 mg every 12 hours, totaling 1 g per day. However, the dosage may vary according to the objective being treated.

Turmeric gel: mix a tablespoon of aloe vera with turmeric powder and apply to skin inflammations, such as psoriasis.

The most practical way to combine the use of turmeric into our routine is to use it as a ready-made drink. At Natural Mum we stock the wonderful product called ‘Rochway I am Mobility - BioRestore Turmeric 300ml’.

Rochway BioRestore® Turmeric Concentrate combines the superfood benefits of Turmeric with Ginger and Black pepper in a raw probiotic concentrate to support mobility, balance digestive flora and target inflammation.

Rochway’s unique BioRestore® process involves five stages of bio-fermentation using multi-strain, gut loving probiotics, resulting in a more bioavailable (easily absorbed) and bio-active complex to support healthy microflora and vibrant health and wellbeing.

Combining the anti-inflammatory benefits of Turmeric with Ginger and Black pepper, this savoury probiotic liquid is delicious to take as a shot on its own, or for adding to soups, vegetables or as a part of your salad dressing.

Black pepper has been shown to increase the absorption and utilisation of Turmeric in the body, increasing its ability to exert the anti-inflammatory benefits.

The unique BioRestore® process involves five stages of bio-fermentation using multi-strain, gut-loving probiotics, resulting in a more bioavailable (easily absorbed) and bio-active complex to support healthy microflora and vibrant health and wellbeing.

  • Made with Australian Certified Organic Turmeric powder
  • Fermented with six probiotic strains
  • Gluten free
  • 99% sugar free
  • Vegan Vegetarian friendly

Turmeric contraindications

Despite offering several health benefits, turmeric is contraindicated in people who are taking anticoagulant medications or who have blockage of the bile ducts due to the presence of gallstones.

During pregnancy or breastfeeding, turmeric should only be used under medical advice.

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