Originally from Asia, this plant, traditionally used as a spice in cooking, has many benefits for our health. We would be wrong to deprive ourselves of it!
Turmeric would prevent the appearance of certain cancers
By fighting against the oxidative stress responsible for cellular degeneration and against inflammation, it would act in the prevention of certain cancers (of the ENT sphere, of the lung, and of the breast).
“Curcumin, present in turmeric, even has positive effects in the treatment of certain cancers. In China, it is used to treat the first stages of cancer of the cervix, alongside the usual allopathic treatments” explains Christine Calvet, naturopath.
Turmeric is good for the brain
Curcumin, combined with turmerone, another component of turmeric, is said to have positive effects on the brain. “It is a promising molecule for regenerating damaged brain cells in neurological diseases. More particularly in Alzheimer’s disease:
it destroys the protein plaques responsible for the degeneration of certain brain cells (by interfering with the transmission of information) while preventing their formation”, specifies the naturopath.
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory
At the same time, turmeric improves joint mobility. It would also help reduce joint pain (from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis), and postoperative pain, thanks to its anti-inflammatory power.
This plant also protects against inflammatory diseases of the liver and intestine (obstruction of the bile duct and chronic liver diseases such as hepatitis).
Turmeric relieves digestive disorders
The World Health Organization has recognized its positive action against digestive disorders. “In addition to soothing stomach aches, it optimizes disturbed biliary functions, which can, in particular, be the cause of constipation, and it improves the quality of the permeable intestinal mucous membranes”, specifies Christine Calvet. Consumed daily, turmeric reduces inflammation and has a preventive effect on ulcers.
Turmeric is an asset against cholesterol
For Christine Calvet, “turmeric does not have a direct effect on cholesterol but it is interesting for people who have it: it lowers triglyceride levels by reducing sugar levels and it also helps to maintain the rate of bad low cholesterol…
” As a preventive measure, it helps maintain good cholesterol levels. It can also be consumed in addition to treatment in case of diabetes.
Turmeric is a source of vitamins
Rich in iron, manganese, potassium, vitamins C and B6, turmeric consumed regularly is a good way to stay healthy. In times of fatigue, for example, it gives a boost.
It is also a preventive superfood for general health. In prevention, take a teaspoon a day of turmeric powder, and sprinkled it on your dishes.
“It assimilates rather poorly on its own, it must be eaten with fat, and pepper or ginger. The turmeric-ginger cocktail is an excellent anti-inflammatory! And choose it organically”, explains Christine Calvet.
Choose a food supplement containing 95% curcumin. Be careful, people with a risk of kidney stones should avoid consuming too much, because it increases the level of oxalic acid in the urine.