Turmeric is a yellow-pigmented curry spice, which is commonly used in Indian cuisine. However, this amazing spice is far more than just a cooking staple! Turmeric has long been used in the traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.
Specifically, traditional medicinal uses include: treatment of skin issues, sprained muscles, general wound healing, joint pains, liver disease, and respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments.
The health benefits of the spice have been well documented in the medical literature, but curcumin, i.e., one of its most studied bioactive ingredients, has been proven to promote health and protect against a variety of health conditions.
This active ingredient of turmeric exhibits more than 150 potentially therapeutic activities, for instance: anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity, strong anti-cancer properties, which have also been thoroughly studied.
But, what does actually make curcumin such a powerful medicine?
Researchers have found many different mechanisms of curcumin’s action, and it partly appears to be such a potent medicine as a result of its ability to:
– Make the cells’ membranes more orderly
– Modulate over 160 different physiological pathways in a positive manner
– Modulate about 700 genes
– Affect signaling molecules: for example, curcumin has been found to directly interact with: