Turmeric is a spice which has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 4,000 years, and can be found growing in Asia and Africa. It was used traditionally and today as an anti-inflammatory to treat heartburn, stomach ulcers and gallstones, and can be applied topically to treat toothaches, bruises and chest pain. Today, turmeric may be receiving an increased presence in clinical research training, as many healthcare officials are finding this ancient healing spice to also have benefits for modern medicine.
Benefits of Turmeric
Here are just a few of the benefits offered by turmeric:
- Liver detoxifier
- Helps clear skin conditions like eczema
- Helps maintain cholesterol
- Regulates metabolism
- Improves memory and brain function
- Promotes digestive health
Uses in Healthcare: Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s is caused by the deterioration of dopaminergic neurons (nerve cells). If you take clinical research courses, you may research the effect of turmeric on Parkinson’s disease. Studies have shown that turmeric may prevent cell apoptosis (gradual cell death) and thus prevent early manifestations of Parkinson’s. Another capability of turmeric is that it can stop protein from clumping, this being one of the first signs of Parkinson’s.
Stomach ulcers are sores which form on the digestion tract lining, usually as a combination result of stress and too much acid in your digestive system. Turmeric has been shown to stop the onset of stomach ulcers because of the spice’s ability to block H2 histamine receptors from releasing gastric acid. Turmeric supplements can be used as a method to help increase mucus levels which line and protect the stomach against ulcers.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) & Crohn’s
In a U.K. University of Reading study, patients who took turmeric extract for 8 weeks found their IBS symptoms to reduce by over 50%. Similar results occurred in a study on Crohn’s patients, who found turmeric greatly reduced their suffering of abdominal pain, cramps and diarrhoea. Pharmaceutical courses may start to see an increase in turmeric extract prescriptions anda larger presence on pharmacy shelves as more uses are found for this wonderful spice.
There are many studies being carried out today on anti-cancer properties in turmeric. It is believed that turmeric could have the possibility to slow the growth of certain types of cancer like tumours of the esophagus, intestines, stomach and skin. Turmeric also promotes the growth of healthy cells and decreases inflammation, both which can help fight against cancerous cells.
Try it Yourself!
Turmeric has a mild bitter taste and is very versatile. You may already know turmeric from its presence in mustard and curries, but there are several other ways to get turmeric into your diet. You may choose to add turmeric powder to stir-fries, lentils and so much more. You can even enjoy turmeric as a comforting and wholesome beverage, fondly named “golden milk”. For this recipe, you make a paste by reducing turmeric in boiling water. This paste can then be mixed with any type of milk (try rice milk!), some cinnamon and a little honey. As simply as that, you have a wonderful, immunity-boosting night time treat.