Turmeric comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. Also known as the main spice in curry. To say it has a nice warm and bitter taste and is specifically used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. What is more its use as a medicine.
Turmeric is used for example:
- Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis;
- stomach pain;
- heartburn (dyspepsia);
- joint pain;
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection;
- loss of appetite;
- intestinal gas;
- stomach bloating;
- liver problems;
- stomach ulcers;
- gallbladder disorders;
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS);
- a skin condition called lichen planus;
- high cholesterol;
- skin inflammation from radiation treatment;
- and fatigue.
About cancer we can say this:
Research work in Ireland in 2009 shows that curcumin indeed killed off oesophageal cancer cells in the laboratory.
In fact it led to a discovery which showed destruction of cancer cells within 24 hours.
What they found in study in Thailand in 2012 that it may help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. Also found that a constant daily dose of a supplement containing curcumin for a period of 9 months, seemed to prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes among certain people at risk. However, more research is needed.
For Liver damage:
The Researchers showed that curcumin may help in the fight against liver damage conducted in Austria and the US in 2010. Moreover it slows the delay on the onset of cirrhosis. Also based on previous research which indicated that it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which may be helpful in combating disease.
Treating skin conditions such as, for ringworm, sprains and swellings, bruising, leech bites. As for acne, also for inflammatory, soreness inside of the mouth, skin conditions and skin sores, infected wounds, and gum disease. Also used as an enema for people with inflammatory bowel disease.
Perfume industry is using it as essential oil, then commonly used as a coloring in Bangladeshi, Iranian, Indian, Pakistani cuisine,
- Be careful do not confuse turmeric with Javanese turmeric root (Curcuma zedoaria).