Turmeric is getting a lot of love in health circles right now, but most people have cottoned on to the fact that its been around for a long, long time. It has a peppery, warm flavour and a mild fragrance and has played an important role in traditional Eastern cultures and Ayurvedic medicine - much of its new-found popularity is due to its therapeutic properties. We wanted to elaborate on some of them little more, as turmeric is also present in our Healthy and Super Tonics - infused to extract all its goodness, just for you!
Colourful plant foods are good for us because of their phytochemical properties - turmeric owes its yellow colour to curcumin, and its health benefits include better regulation of inflammation. It is used in the treatment of numerous inflammatory conditions for its anti-inflammatory effects. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties have been compared to those of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs - it can help in relieving pain and swelling in people with osteo and rheumatoid arthritis.
It also contains antioxidants - as several metabolic diseases and age-related degenerative disorders are closely associated with oxidative processes in the body, the use of herbs and spices as a source of antioxidants to combat this is becoming more prominent.
Researchers believe that curcumin's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may even be strong enough to break down the amyloid plaques in the brain that contribute to Alzheimer's disease. There are at least 30 studies showing that curcumin may have an anti-tumour effect, either reducing the number or size of tumours or the percentage developed.
Another active ingredient in turmeric is turmerone. Although less is known about turmerone, studies suggest tumerone can support cognitive performance due to its neuroprotective properties. In a recent study, researchers found turmerone promotes repair to stem cells in the brain.
Pretty incredible stuff, from a simple little orange root!