3 Amazing Benefits of Turmeric

If you have not yet heard, there is an ancient golden spice that is sweeping the culinary world. Turmeric has recently well established itself in the Australian cafe scene, and also across parts of Europe and South Africa. But according to Google's recent food trend report for 2016, turmeric tops the list for the trendiest functional food in America.  Native to the tropical regions of South Asia, turmeric was first discovered about 2500 years ago.  It was mainly used as a spice to add to certain food dishes, however it became apparent that this spice had some special qualities. It was used extensively in Ayurveda (an Indian system of medicine) for centuries as a pain-reliever and an anti-inflammatory agent. New research is being geared towards this golden spice and the hundreds of bio active compounds that it contains, for the potential to come out with new treatments. It is no wonder why North Americans are tuning into turmeric because it is one of the few natural spices that boasts a wealth of scientific evidence to support the claims the ancients have been making for over a millennia. 

Now, let us examine 3 benefits of Turmeric.

1. Anti-Inflammatory Agent

Inflammation is the body’s natural defense to protect itself from foreign invaders. However, having an exaggerated inflammatory response can sometimes damage healthy cells that can lead to unwanted pain and discomfort.  Turmeric has been shown to inhibit the production of TNF-alpha and PGE2, which are signaling molecules that are involved in the inflammation pathway.  There are a vast amount of disorders that stem from the body’s inability to regulate inflammation properly. Disorders such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, and even certain cancers affects millions of lives worldwide.  Arthritis in particular is a very common musculoskeletal disorder that compromises the structure of joint spaces leading to decreased ranges of motion as well as unwanted pain.  Turmeric presents itself as a promising alternative treatment for this disease because of its ability to decrease inflammation. Decreasing the body’s inflammatory response can delay the progression of arthritis since the underlying mechanism of the disease is due to the inflammatory cells damaging the joint spaces.

2. Effective Against Indigestion

Dyspepsia, or more commonly known as indigestion, is a very common condition that impairs the body’s ability to digest food efficiently. Symptoms typically include upper abdominal pain, heartburn, nausea, abdominal fullness or belching. It can be caused by many factors such as acid reflux, poor dietary habits, stomach ulcers, stress or even sometimes cancer.  Turmeric has been accepted by the medical community to be an effective treatment for this condition and also for some of its causes. For example, in one study patients suffering from stomach ulcers were given turmeric daily for 12 weeks. It was found that after this course of treatment, 76% of the participants in this study were completely ulcer free! Stomach ulcers occur when the lining of the stomach becomes irritated and inflamed leading to pain and discomfort and is one of the leading causes of indigestion. Although further research needs to go into this spice, there is reason to be optimistic.  

3. Antimicrobial and Anti-Fungal Agent

Turmeric has long been used by the ancients as a remedy for the common cold and its symptoms.  Modern medicine confirms that this spice indeed has both strong antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. Research has shown that turmeric is especially effective against dermatophytes, which is a common label for a group of fungus responsible for causing skin diseases in humans. Scientists found that extracts of turmeric killed all 29 clinical strains of the dermatophytes tested.  It has also been found that turmeric is one of the most efficient plant extracts known to combat strains of H.Pylori, a common bacterium responsible for stomach infections.  Combined with its ability to inhibit the growth of some food borne pathogens, turmeric is one serious infection fighting superfood.

 

Add turmeric to your diet and reap its benefits.  Try this yummy turmeric recipe below.


GOLDEN MILK LATTE

Stove-top Instructions - Makes 1 serving

1.  Add 1 teaspoon of Golden Milk Latte powder to 1 cup of milk (may be substituted with coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk or hemp milk)

2. Stir & bring mixture to near boiling temperature over medium/high heat. 

3. Stir in 1 teaspoon of sugar or honey to taste.

4. Remove from heat & enjoy!

For a Gourmet Latte experience add milk foam on top & garnish with fresh ground turmeric powder.

 

Recipe provided by The Golden Number Company