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Facts and Myths of Turmeric

Facts and Myths of Turmeric

The turmeric is a type of spice which is being used in alternative medicine. It is one of the components you will find in curry powder which means if you like this spicy dish, you will be getting quite a lot of turmeric. As such, turmeric is very prevalent in Asian food, particularly in Indian cuisine.
Turmeric contains a substance known as curcumin which is known for its inflammation reduction properties. It has powerful antioxidant properties and is known to aid in the easing of bone related problems like arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Sources of Turmeric
As mentioned, Turmeric can be found in curry powder which means you can get them quite easily through the daily Asian diet. The natural source of turmeric is from its plant’s underground rhizomes or stems.

Usage of Turmeric
While turmeric is taken through your food intake, it has its medicinal values which can cure diseases like indigestion, Ulcerative Colitis, bacterial infections as well as for the treatment of cancer and heart diseases. This is because turmeric has high contents of antioxidants which can combat the negative effects of free radicals that can cause cancer.

In certain tests, it was found that curcumin could actually prevent the growth of tumours while some others found that this substance could stabilize colorectal cancer cells although the research is still in the early stages. Besides that, there are some very positive signs that turmeric can help skin diseases like Psoriasis and acne as well as stomach ulcers.

Turmeric Myths
While the benefits of turmeric is known across the world, it has certain myths that you must be aware of. Turmeric does cause certain side effects like diarrhoea (when taken too much), dizziness and nausea. It is not the absolute cure for gallstones and related problems.  Turmeric does not aid in the treatment of diabetes as suggested by certain quarters.

References:
http://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric/
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-turmeric