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Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

 

Turmeric is a rhizomatous perennial herbaceous plant. Phytochemical components of turmeric include compounds called curcuminoids such as curcumin demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin.In addition volatile oils include turmerone atlantone andzingiberene.Other constituents are sugars, proteins, and resins. It has a particular affinity for the blood, and is thereby able to circulate its powerful health benefits throughout the body.

 

History

Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years and is a major part of Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, Unani, and traditional Chinese medicine. It was first used as a dye, later for its medicinal properties. Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia where it is collected for use in Indian traditional medicine. Friedrich Ratzel reported in The History of Mankind turmeric powder was applied for embellishment of body, clothing, utensils, and ceremonial uses.

Benefits

  • Promotes digestion.
  • Potent antioxidant activity keeps cells functioning optimally.
  • Supports the brain and nervous system.
  • Maintains comfortable joint movement.
  • By its preventive actions on the heart Turmeric protects the heart from atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, Ischemic heart diseases and many others diseases.Supports proper functioning of the liver.
  • Nourishes the heart and circulatory system.
  • Coronary artery diseases are prevented by regular use of Turmeric.
  • It lowers the levels of low-density lipoproteins to prevent atherosclerosis.
  • The Turmeric herb has been proved to be extremely beneficial for the functioning of a healthy heart. It’s marvelous properties make it an extensively used drug in herbal formulations for heart. It is also consumed as a heart tonic and protector.
  • It maintains optimum plasma lipid levels.
  • It lowers down the high blood pressure levels.
  • Turmeric prevents coronary calcification and its regular consumption slows down the already fast paced progression.
  • Another wonderful result of Turmeric is that it promotes the sexual health, especially in males.
  • Helps maintain healthy levels of triglycerides in the blood.