Turmeric is a tropical perennial plant in the same family as ginger, native to India, and cultivated throughout the tropics around the world also known as Curcuma longa, Curcuma, Gauri, Haldi, Indian Saffron, and You Jin.
Growing to a height of about three feet (one meter), it bears pairs of lance-shaped leaves on alternate sides of the stem. At the base of the stem, there is a knobby rhizome somewhat resembling ginger.
Turmeric tincture is used to improve digestion and helps the body to digest proteins and fats as well as to regulate blood sugar for diabetics and many other digestive disorders. Using 15 to 30 drops in a cup of warm tea can help sooth an upset stomach or indigestion. The recommended daily dose is 15 to 30 drops four times per day for an adult, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Turmeric is a natural wonder in the healing world and has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-depressant, anti-aging, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties aids in healing skin wounds and abrasions as well as inflammatory skin irritations such as psoriasis and eczema and used since ancient times.
Turmeric significantly decreases inflammation that is attributed to arthritis and other auto-immune disorders such as lupus, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome and used in both traditional and non-traditional medicine, but evidence from a study at the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston shows turmeric regulates numerous transcription factors that are linked to inflammation. Inflammation plays a major role in many chronic diseases, including heart disease and neurodegenerative disease.
The main component in turmeric, curcumin, has phenomenal anti-cancer properties and has been known to help to inhibit prostate, skin, colon, mouth, esophageal, lung, stomach, pancreatic, liver, and breast cancer. Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have found that turmeric blocks hormone activity that’s responsible for the development of colorectal cancer. It’s also being used to suppress growth activity in pancreatic and breast cancer cells. Turmeric causes cell death in tumor cells but leaves other cells untouched. This is important for many areas of cancer research. Turmeric is also a known blood purifier and helps to soothe respiratory ailments, improve liver function, support the circulatory system, regulate menstrual cycles, prevent cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and heal gastrointestinal disorders.
Helping Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Turmeric is effective in treating cognitive deficits and neuroinflammation in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to the National Institutes of Health. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric tincture, reduces the chronic inflammation of nerve cells and reduces the oxidative damage that causes AD. Turmeric is one of the base ingredients in curries that are commonly consumed in India. The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in India is 4.4 times less than in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health.
Reduce Blood Sugar
In studies on animals by the Department of Biochemistry, Annamalai University, Annamalaingar, Tamil Nadu in India, turmeric was found to reduce the blood sugar levels significantly.
Turmeric tincture inhibits the onset of rheumatoid arthritis, according to Dr. Funk, endocrinologist, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. Turmeric supplements contain the same mechanism of action as anti-arthritic pharmaceuticals. Dr. Funk discovered that it also might be used to prevent bone loss and osteoporosis.
How to take
The supplement is generally considered safe and without side effects, but it might cause gastric upset when taken in large amounts. Don’t combine turmeric tincture with diabetes drugs or blood-thinning medications or with medicines that reduce stomach acid. Discuss turmeric tincture with your doctor to decide if it might be helpful for you.
- National Institutes of Health: Efficacy of Turmeric on Blood Sugar and Polyol Pathway in Diabetic Albino Rats
- University of Maryland: Turmeric
- National Institutes of Health: Potential Therapeutic Effects of Curcumin, the Anti-Inflammatory Agent, Against Neurodegenerative, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Metabolic, Autoimmune and Neoplastic Diseases
- National Institutes of Health: Curcumin Structure-Function, Bioavailability, and Efficacy in Models of Neuroinflammation and Alzheimer’s Disease
- Turmeric, the Golden Spice