Turmeric is a flowering plant, with its rhizomes growing horizontally below the ground. It is golden yellow and similar in looks to the ginger and light orange on the inside. In many grocery stores, they come in powdered form to add to your sauces, stews, drinks or gravies. Turmeric has been known to man for thousands of years. It was used in food and as a colouring agent. Popular in Asia, East and Northern Africa. Although fresh is always better, they are not easy to find, as noted above.
Medical studies have been throwing a spotlight on this very powerful spice as an anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous spice. The main agent is curcumin an antioxidant that helps alleviates inflammation. According to PubMed, the process of inflammation plays a major role in chronic diseases like Alzheimer's, cardiovascular, pulmonary, autoimmune diseases and cancers. It also helps with weight loss, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and pancreatitis. Curcumin helps in treating and preventing the inflammation that supports these conditions.
Turmeric, in its natural state, when used as a herb in food is safe and non-toxic. However, when used as a supplement, proceed with caution and follow the recommended dose prescribed by your healthcare practitioner.
If using supplements of any kind whether turmeric or anything else, always seek medical advice as to what is safe for your peculiar need, it might not be something you get online. Some active ingredients may work for one person and not the other, So, just because it was okay for a family member or friend does not mean it will be for you. The safest way to take turmeric is still as a herb in your food or drinks.
Turmeric help increases your body's metabolism. Increased metabolism means you burn more calories and that leads to weight loss. Weight gain often leads to inflammation. When turmeric helps you take care of your inflammation, you give your body the chance to respond positively to any healthy weight loss and exercise programme you may choose.
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