The scientific name for Turmeric is Curcuma Longa and belongs to the Zingiberaceae (Ginger) family. The Health Benefits of Turmeric are many, with the main active ingredient being Curcumin which in-itself is useful for treating an array of ailments and for possessing a variety of therapeutic effects.
Enhanced Immunity –
The active ingredient ‘Curcumin’ is known to improve overall immunity. A substance known as lipopolysaccharide (LPS) isolated from the turmeric root has proven to stimulate and increase the activity of the immune system. In addition, researchers have found turmeric to be effective in destroying gram-positive bacteria. Acting as a physical barrier inhibiting the bacteria therefore, offering protection for its surroundings.
Brazilian researchers investigated the anti fungal properties of Curcumin against 23 fungi strains. It’s impeding response to the adhesion of Candida species to human buccal epithelial cells (BEC). The tests conducted demonstrated that Curcumin was effective in preventing candida and other bacteria to attaching to human cells. In turn, reducing the risk of infection.
A study in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, whereby scientists found that the livers of diabetic rats were repaired and even regenerated. “Fascinatingly, liver microvasculature in curcumin treated groups developed into regenerate and repaired into healthy and normal characteristics.” Concluding that: “These results optimistically demonstrated the potential use of curcumin as a novel therapeutic agent in liver pathology of diabetic rats.”
Amongst the many properties of turmeric, a very prominent characteristic is the ability to constrain free radical damage. By scavenging free radicals, increasing antioxidant enzymes, and obstructing lipid per-oxidation.
Anti Inflammatory –
By reducing histamine levels within the body. Clinical trials have found that turmeric inhibits the production of histamine. Curcumin is a bioactive substance which fights inflammation at the molecular level.
Anti Ageing –
Due to its, anti inflammatory and anti oxidant nature. Turmeric is thought to also contain anti ageing properties.
Wound Healing –
Curcumin is also known to have significant wound healing properties. Acting on various stages of the natural wound healing cycle to accelerate healing.
Digestive Issues –
Research has verified that turmeric aids in the release of bile. Which is considered to help in the digestion of food. This is achieved by stimulating the gallbladder thus releasing bile. Bile plays a vital role in the digestion and absorption if fats. Turmeric calms the upper digestive system by ridding it of gas. It is also known to enhance absorption in the intestines and boost intestinal flora.
*** Studies have found that by combining turmeric and black pepper, absorption from the digestive system into the bloodstream is boosted tremendously and its bioavailability in the body is immensely increased.