Curcumin may be one of the most versatile health supplements out there. It is the major component of the herb turmeric and is part of the ginger family.
It’s the curcumin that gives turmeric its beautiful vibrant yellow color. People have used this versatile herb in curries and stir-fries for many years due to its subtle spicy flavor.
It’s certainly becoming more widely used as a supplement than ever before and there are plenty of high-quality studies to confirm most of the benefits, but there are some cautions to be aware of too.
Let’s Start By Outlining The Benefits Of Turmeric
- It is probably most well known therapeutically for its anti-inflammatory action, which can help to reduce joint pain. In one systemic review, researchers found turmeric to be an effective and safe anti-inflammatory ingredient across 6 human trials
- In one pilot study on patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the results found that the patients taking curcumin had significant improvement over patients taking diclofenac sodium
- In people with osteoarthritis CRP, an inflammatory marker was shown to decrease whilst taking curcumin for a period of three months
- Part of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory action may also be responsible for its ability to improve heart health, as it has been shown to be useful for some heart conditions, including atherosclerosis
- Although some people believe that turmeric intake could improve memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients, there is no evidence to confirm this
All of these benefits make it sound like a wonder drug! Here’s is a tasty way to slurp turmeric in your everyday life.
Make Your Own Turmeric Latte In 10 Minutes
Time: 10 minutes | Serving: 2 | Nutritional Profile: Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian, Egg Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan
- 500ml unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh turmeric
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- Pinch of ground pepper
- Ground cinnamon for garnish (optional)
Method Of Preparation
- Pour milk in a saucepan and boil over medium heat
- Add all ingredients and whisk constantly, until completely dissolved
- Add more turmeric or syrup if needed
- Turn off the heat and drink it away!
- Use a milk frother for a better texture
Turmeric Can Sometimes Be Troublesome!
- Some studies have found that turmeric can cause gastrointestinal side effects such as diarrhea and nausea. These side effects were dose-dependent and therefore reducing the dose can be enough to revert these adverse stomach effects
- Curcumin has blood-thinning properties and many medicines such as aspirin and warfarin have the same action. Therefore, it is not advisable to use curcumin if you are taking anticoagulant or antiplatelet medication
- Curcumin also lowers blood glucose levels. If you have diabetes and take medication, curcumin can cause blood sugar levels to drop further, resulting in hypoglycemia
- Turmeric can also be stimulating for the gall bladder, making the body produce more bile. If you have gall stones it is best to avoid excessive intake of turmeric