Turmeric (sometimes called The Golden Spice) is best known for its amazing nutritional and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been used for centuries in curries and stir-fries across India and Asia.
It comes from the root (rhizome) of a flowering plant of the ginger family, namely the Curcuma Longa plant. Turmeric is bursting with active ingredients, the main one being curcumin, which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory affects and is responsible for turmeric’s vibrant orange colour.
How does it work?
Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin. Curcumin and other chemicals in turmeric might decrease swelling (inflammation). Because of this, turmeric might be beneficial for treating conditions that involve inflammation.
And while it’s well known to help with sore joints, turmeric can help with much more!
Inflammation can also manifest in many different forms including gut problems, skin conditions, headaches, migraines, even lack of sleep, depression and stress!
Chronic inflammation is linked to many gut complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, colitis and gastritis. And due to the gut’s incredible connection with the brain, mental illness is also a condition linked with chronic inflammation.
Turmeric is also commonly used to assist in the treatment hay fever, depression, and high cholesterol. It may also be helpful for improving brain function and memory skills!
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