Turmeric is the main component of curry powder, which originated from Asia and often found in recipes everywhere on the globe. The reasons why people love it are its and delicious flavor and a specific color to many foods, but, also its incredible potential health benefits.
In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric root has been used for centuries. It contains an anti-inflammatory agent that has shown the perfect ability to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, which is confirmed in Indian and Indonesian studies. According to Dr. Steven Gundry MD, it also has healing effects on diabetic persons.
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In reality, now, turmeric, has become known as the wonder spice. For that reason, it is recommended for many patients with inflammatory conditions like Crohn’s disease, autoimmune conditions like psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, as well as cancers.
According to integrative medicine physician Dr. Bindiya Gandhi, curcumin is the compound found in turmeric, which gives that incredible power.
Arguably, curcumin has the ability to control inflammation, which is its most powerful healing effect.
The results of the study led by Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, CNS, DC and published in the journal Oncogene evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that ibuprofen and aspirin are less effective, while curcumin is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. Dr. Josh suggested sharing this news with every household in the world because the study showed that inflammation puts people at risk for almost every disease process known to humanity.
It can be found in powder culinary spice form and in its whole root form. Many people use it in form of tincture, tablets, and capsules.
However, it is also important to know how much of turmeric you can use. Dr. Gandhi recommends the starting dose for its anti-inflammatory benefits 400 to 600 mg of standardized powder or curcumin turmeric extract three times a day.
Dosages of different forms recommended by University of Maryland Medical Center:
– Cut-root dose is 1.5g-3g per day,
– Dried powdered root 1g-3g per day, and
– Tincture 15-30 drops (1:2) up to four times per day,
For improving the GI issues, you need to prepare it with black pepper or piperine in it, which enhances better absorption.
The black pepper has the ability to stop the turmeric from breaking down as quickly, which keeps it in your system longer. You can take the turmeric by itself when taking it for any autoimmune issues.
– Since it can act as a blood thinner it should be avoided before surgery
– Cause GI upset in some patients and can reduce blood sugars in diabetic patients.
– It increases gallbladder contraction, why is not recommended for patients suffering from gallstones.
– Dr. Gandhi discourages his patients trying to conceive [from taking] it since it can actually act as contraception
– The pregnant mothers should use it with caution since it may stimulate uterine contractions,
Dr. Gandhi encourages his patients to cook with it daily for anti-inflammatory effects. If someone wants a higher dosage he encourages to take a supplement.
If you use it as a spice then you need to use it according to the taste, but if you need to treat a specific ailment you need a higher dose.
According to Dr. Gandhi, the best products that you can prepare with turmeric are turmeric golden milk latte, turmeric ginger teas, as well as iced golden milk latte.
However, the options for using turmeric are endless. The certified nutritionist Ariane Resnick prefers using turmeric fresh. He suggests preparing it as a tea, slicing it and then boiling in the water, preparing dosage for all day.
This method suggested by Ariane has helped so many people with chronic pain. It can be made as a concentrated tea and add just a tablespoon or two to each glass of water. Following this suggestion, you can use one root up to several days.
Whether you use it in your lattes or teas, or as a spice in your curries and soups, it seems turmeric is something that everyone should have it constantly in the kitchen storage, and use it in recommended doses.