Turmeric is one of the most popular natural diet supplements known to man.
It is known as the “golden spice” of India.
Turmeric and its uses were known to man ever since 3000 B.C. during the Harappan civilization.
Turmeric belongs to the ginger family and even looks like ginger before drying.
Once dried, it takes on a yellow-orange coloration, rather like saffron, and so is also known as “Indian saffron”, as it is often used as a substitute to saffron.
Turmeric is a natural spice as well as a herbal remedy; hence it possesses several medicinal powers. Some of the benefits of taking turmeric are given below:
Regular application of turmeric mixed with limejuice results in a naturally-glowing skin. It makes a good body scrub and prevents or reduces stretch marks
Turmeric is used as a popular antiseptic in cuts and burns.
A mixture of turmeric and salt makes an excellent cough and sore throat remedy.
Application of a mixture of turmeric and rock salt (sea salt) is an effective remedy for toothache and pain in the gums.
Water containing turmeric is consumed as a cure for diarrhea.
A paste of turmeric mixed with sandalwood powder is considered as an effective natural remedy for controlling acne.
Turmeric is also believed to inhibit the advance of Alzheimer’s disease by blocking the production of amyloyd plaque in the brain.
Turmeric also reduces the possibility of childhood leukemia.
It is an effective detoxifier for the liver.
Turmeric has been used as a remedy for depression by the Chinese since time in memorial.
It helps in nullifying the adverse effects of a drug used in chemotherapy known as paclitaxel.
Turmeric is believed to be effective in treatment of various forms of cancer.
It is also thought to be useful to treat psoriasis and other similar inflammatory conditions of the skin.
Who can Benefit from taking Turmeric
The answer here is that anyone can benefit from taking turmeric. As it is a herb, it does not have any side effects of any significance.
The only adverse side effect that turmeric may have is that it is thought of having adverse effects on people with bile obstruction or gallstones. Pregnant women should consult a doctor as it is believed to be a uterine stimulant in some cases.
In the cut root form, 1.5 to 3 grams a day for adults is considered sufficient. In powder form, it is 1 to 3 grams per day. The standardized powder however can be consumed up to 400 mg to 600 mg three times a day. The quantity used to flavor food however is safe.