All about Turmeric
I love turmeric! Since I have been following an anti-inflammatory diet due to my lupus condition, I use it in my salty recipes to give some color, taste, and health! It is the famous ingredient that gives the Milanese risotto that yellow color – and delicious Italian taste. Do you also have it there in your kitchen? If not, that a look:
Turmeric is a common spice that comes from the root of Curcuma longa. It contains a chemical called curcumin, which might reduce swelling.
Turmeric has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butter, and cheeses. Because curcumin and other chemicals in turmeric might decrease swelling, it is often used to treat conditions that involve pain and inflammation.
People commonly use turmeric for osteoarthritis. It is also used for hay fever, depression, high cholesterol, a type of liver disease, and itching, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses. There is also no good evidence to support using turmeric for COVID-19.
It is possibly effective for:
- Hay fever. It seems to reduce symptoms such as sneezing, itching, runny nose, and congestion.
- Depression. Most research shows that taking curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, by mouth reduces depression symptoms in people already using an antidepressant.
- High levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood, like triglycerides.
- The build-up of fat in the liver in people who drink little or no alcohol. Taking turmeric extract by mouth reduces markers of liver injury. It also seems to help prevent the build-up of more fat in the liver.
- Osteoarthritis. Taking turmeric extracts can reduce pain and improve function in people with knee osteoarthritis. It might work about as well as ibuprofen for reducing pain. But it doesn’t seem to work as well as another drug, called diclofenac.
- Itching. Taking turmeric by mouth might reduce itching that is caused by various conditions.
Turmeric usually doesn’t cause serious side effects, but it interacts with medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs). If it is not your case, know that adults can use it in doses of up to 1.5 grams daily for up to 9 months. And tastes good!