Turmeric is a prized spice used in the Middle East and Asian countries. Other than being renowned for its mesmerizing colour and unique taste, it’s also popular in the healthcare market for its incredible health properties.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a pale beige Rhizome that looks very similar to ginger. Once cut open it’s a vibrant orange. This Rhizome is ground up into a powder that we typically recognise as turmeric. Its Latin name is Curcuma longa, named as such for it’s active ‘Curcumin’. This is what gives Turmeric its distinctive yellow/orange colour.
History of Turmeric
The majority of turmeric is grown in India, with turmeric being one of its largest exports to the rest of the world. However, in India it is known as ‘haldi’ or ‘manjal’. In India and many other Asian countries, turmeric is renowned for its health properties. It has been a staple of Ayurvedic medicine for approximately 4500 years. As part of ayurvedic medicine, turmeric was inhaled to alleviate congestion or used to reduce symptoms of skin conditions by mixing a turmeric paste.
Even acclaimed explorer Marco Polo wrote of Turmeric saying that he witnessed a vegetable that is very similar to saffron. As for the discovery of its components and health benefits, well that’s a little more recent. In 1842, Scientists Vogel and Pelletier isolated the ‘yellow colouring matter’ from the rhizomes of the Curcuma longa.
Nutrition of Turmeric
In a tablespoon of turmeric powder there are the following vital nutrients:
2.1g for fibre - Essential for a healthy bowel and digestive system.
26% of your daily manganese - Essential for bone and connective tissue health, but also to boost energy metabolism.
16% of your daily iron- Essential for oxygen transport, cognitive function and immune system health.
5% of your daily potassium. Also Notably a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B9, Choline, Calcium, Magnesium, and Selenium.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
The health benefits of turmeric are numerous, there is an abundance of studies diving deep into the benefits of the spice, Turmeric. Some of the health benefits are explored below:
Anti-InflammationMany diseases manifest themselves due to increased inflammation within the body.
Inflammation in the human body is governed by inflammatory markers such as IL-6 and IL-12. When something becomes inflammed it is often the sign of disease or upset within the body. Causing pain, soreness, reddening of the area and even swelling. Examples of inflammatory disorders include arthritis and tendonitis.
Turmeric is most popularly used in patients with arthritis. Curcumin and its health properties lend well to the symptoms of arthritis, thus reducing pain and inflammation. One study that provided subjects with natural curcuminoids found a significant decrease in all markers of inflammation (soluble CD40 ligand(sCD40L), interleukin 1 beta (IL-1β), interleukin 6 (IL-6). Pair this with MSM, Chondroitin, Glucosamine and Ginger for a real anti-inflammatory Boost whilst protecting your joint health.
Turmeric is a potent antioxidant. This means that it prevents the harmful oxidation of cells that
can cause harm or disease within the body. In today’s diet, the liver takes the full brunt our lack of care. With high-fat diets and the occasional drinking session us, adults don’t take the best care of our livers. However, turmeric has been shown to have cleansing properties that best supports liver function whilst keeping the liver as healthy and free from toxins as possible.
Studies have shown efficacious doses of turmeric can cause ‘remarkable protective and therapeutic effects of oxidative associated liver diseases through various cellular and molecular mechanisms’. Further to this, the study states that ‘Taking together, curcumin itself acts as a free radical scavenger over the activity of different kinds of reactive oxygen species (ROS)’.
Pair this with Ginger, Supergreens (Chlorella and Spirulina) or Milk Thistle for the best effects.
As mentioned above, turmeric is a free radical scavenger and a potent antioxidant. This means
that harmful toxins and free radicals in our environment can be stomped out. Free radicals that can cause premature ageing or poor skin health include, UVA/UVB Rays, pollution and cigarette smoke.
Pair with Vitamin A,C,E , Biotin, Selenium and Green Tea for improved skin health.
Do you ever feel like you’re always fighting off a cold? Perhaps Turmeric can help with this?
Recent Studies demonstrate that curcumin is a potent immunomodulator. By Inhibiting a factor called NF-kappaB it can reduce the DNA mechanism that creates inflammatory markers but increase DNA expression of vital immune cells, such as white blood cells, T and B cells.
Biovit combines its Turmeric with propolis from honey. Thus increasing immune health and reducing symptoms of inflammatory diseases, leaving you, feeling the best version of you. Pair with Vitamin C, Zinc, Selenium, Iron, Sage and Honey to boost you through these winter months.
Overall, Turmeric or the golden spice is associated with many incredible health properties, promoting longevity and long term wellbeing. Try a pack today, Biovit’s Turmeric and Honey Here.
WRITTEN BY HARRIET HUNTER, ANUTR. NUTRITIONIST