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Health Benefits of Turmeric Root

Turmeric Root
Turmeric root is one of the most powerful medicinal herbs known to mankind with many proven health benefits. Scientists have found evidence that it has anti-aging effects, aids digestion, reduces cholesterol levels, and reduces the risk of diabetes, strokes and heart attacks. The bright yellow-colored herb can be blended in tea infusions and adds warm, peppery flavors.
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What is turmeric root?
Turmeric is known for the hard root found at the base of its stem which has a brilliant orange color. It is often grounded to produce a deep orange, fragrant culinary spice commonly used in South Asian cuisine and it is the main spice in curry. Turmeric has a long history of use in India and China and is a major part of Siddha and Ayurvedic medicine. However, it was only in recent decades that the herb was recognized internationally for its medicinal properties.
Today, turmeric is used for abdominal pain, digestive problems, and fatigue and is under study for its effects against cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and other clinical disorders.
Botanical name: Curcuma longa
Other names: Common turmeric, Indian saffron, yellow ginger
Description: A tropical perennial that grows to 3 feet tall with pairs of leaves that grow on alternative sides of the stem and a bright orange-colored root
Habitat: Native to India and southern Asia
Properties*: Analgesic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, antidepressive, antihypertensive, antioxidant, antiviral, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, immunomodulatory, neuroprotective
The health benefits of turmeric root according to research
1. Anti-Aging
Scientists believe turmeric may contain compounds that prevent or slow down aging. The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and circulatory effects of turmeric could have an effect against age-related neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions. In addition, other studies have found that extracts from turmeric prevent UV-induced skin aging.
2. Bone & Joint Health
Turmeric has a long history of use in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to relieve joint pain. Modern clinical research shows that turmeric may relieve symptoms of various types of arthritis by reducing joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Researchers in Japan have also found extracts in turmeric to have an effect against Alzheimer’s disease.
Curcumin, the yellow pigment found in turmeric, may help reduce joint pain and swelling by inhibiting certain inflammatory substances and enzymes. A clinical trial conducted in 2010 found that turmeric supplement had long term benefits for people diagnosed with osteoarthritis. In another study conducted in 2012, a curcumin product was found to reduce joint pain and swelling for those with rheumatoid arthritis more effectively than diclofenac sodium, an anti-inflammatory drug.
3. Digestive Health
Clinical research shows that consuming turmeric can help relieve symptoms of indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome. Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, which may help improve digestion. In one particular study, turmeric reduced symptoms of bloating and gas in people suffering from indigestion.
The German Commission E (Germany’s equivalent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has approved the use of turmeric for discomfort in the upper abdomen.
4. Energy & Brain Support
Extensive research over the last decade has indicated that spices such as turmeric may have anti-inflammatory properties which could help prevent neurodegenerative diseases, conditions which result in degeneration of the nervous system, especially the neurons in the human brain. Examples of neurodegenerative diseases include Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and brain tumor.
5. Heart and Circulatory Health
Clinical research and animal studies suggest that turmeric may help reduce the levels of total and LDL (bad) cholesterol in overweight people. Preliminary clinical research also suggests that turmeric extract may help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. In 2009, Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications published a study from Auburn University that reported turmeric is significantly more potent than metformin (a common diabetes drug) in improving insulin sensitivity which can help reverse type 2 diabetes.
In addition, early studies suggest that turmeric may help prevent atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque that can block arteries and lead to heart attack or stroke. Due to its anti-inflammatory, blood-thinning and cholesterol-lowering properties, turmeric is now used to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
6. Immunity and Overall Health
Preliminary research suggests that turmeric and curcumin have antioxidant and immunomodulatory effects. Recent research published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research concluded that curcumin has anti-asthmatic properties and may be effective in treating lung diseases.
Turmeric also exhibits growth-inhibitory activity against tumor cells. Evidence from test tube and animal studies suggests that curcumin may help prevent or treat several types of cancers, including prostate, breast, skin, and colon cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, laboratory studies have shown that curcumin interferes with the development, growth and spread of cancer. There is significant scientific interest in the compound because of its ability to reduce the size of and kill cancer cells.
7. Stress & Mood Support
Findings from research studies suggest that curcumin may be as effective as fluoxetine (a type of antidepressant drug) in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Researchers believe turmeric could help reduce symptoms in patients with major depression.
Furthermore, cucurmin has been determined to be safe and effective in treating MDD. According to research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology in 2015, curcurmin could reverse the development of depression and enhance the outcome of treatments using antidepressants in people with MDD. In the academic journal Phytotherapy Research, curcumin was found to be as effective as Prozac in managing depression, providing clinical evidence that it may be used as an effective and safe therapy for treating patients with mild depression.

Disclaimer

* These are some of the pharmacological actions that have been observed or are under study in various evidence-based research studies. Herb may have other properties not listed here.
The statements on this page are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to the use of any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have allergies or medical conditions.
The information has been sourced and extracted from scientific papers, academic journals, research abstracts, and other sources. While Purify Tea makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this website, Purify Tea does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficiency, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information. Use of such information is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy, completeness, efficiency, and timeliness. While many traditional or folkloric remedies have a long history of use, modern research has only begun to investigate and substantiate their effectiveness. Research is still ongoing in many areas therefore conclusions are subject to change.

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