Turmeric, otherwise known as Curcuma longa is prized for its rhizomes(stems and roots) and is part of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. Turmeric has many health benefits, but the one we will be focusing on in this article is Turmeric for inflammation. Turmeric has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for inflammatory conditions and has been shown to have these same benefits in countless modern studies.
Curcumin is the main component of turmeric that is responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown in many studies to be a powerful aid for this purpose. Curcumin has a diverse array of molecular targets which gives it this great potential as a therapeutic agent for a variety of inflammatory conditions.
Unlike NSAIDS (over the counter remedies such as ibuprofen or tylenol) and certain steroids used for inflammation, the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin have been shown to not be restricted to a single factor. This means that curcumin works in more ways than one as it relates to inflammation and has a much better overall effect.
Curcumin has also been shown to not have the side effects that come along with taking NSAIDS. In fact curcumin has been demonstrated to be safe in many human trials using varying doses.
Curcumin has been shown to be as good or better than many remedies that help with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Inflammation is a major factor in these two diseases, but curcumin again has been seen to have an overall effect on these two diseases that may go further than your common over the counter remedies. Clinically it has been said to work as well as cortisone or phenylbutazone for both of these conditions.
If you would like to do further research of your own or are interested in some of the specifics feel free to follow the links in the references section below. The main components in turmeric for inflammation are a group of beneficial curcuminoids which include ; curcumin (diferuloylmethane), demethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin.
While turmeric is not as common of a grocery store staple as other anti-inflammatory spices such as ginger, some stores do carry fresh turmeric and you may have better luck checking with your local coop or organic produce carrier. If you cannot find fresh turmeric, you can also find it in pill form, or sometimes in powder form in the bulk bin section of your grocery store.
If however you have fresh turmeric available to you, a great way to get this into your diet would be to juice it! Turmeric can be used much the same way as ginger is in juices. We have a page with quite a few anti-inflammation juice recipes, and the second recipe on that page includes turmeric.
As with anything else talked about on www.rawjuicecleanserecipes.com , be sure to check with your doctor, especially if you are taking any medications. Some medications can react negatively with Turmeric as well as other natural alternatives to your health. It is always a good idea to be safe and check with a health care professional before starting any juice regimen.
- Curcumin (Turmeric) Supresses Inflammation and Pain.
- Curcumin: An Anti-Inflammatory Molecule from Curry Spice on the Path to Cancer Treatment.
- Safety and anti-inflammatory activity of curcumin: a component of tumeric (Curcuma longa).
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