ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What Happens to Your Body When You Take Turmeric

Updated on December 21, 2016
veganfitspiration profile image

Amy is a Colorado native and nutrition professor. She holds both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in the field of nutrition.

The Root of the Gods

This brilliantly colored spice has been used for centuries as a dye, but more recently it has been coined one of the most medicinal spices around. From making you look younger to treating stomach malaise, here are 5 research-proven ways taking turmeric daily can transform your life and health. Fun facts and dosing recommendations are also provided to give you an all-inclusive guide to utilizing this brilliant spice.

Five Physical Changes That Happen to Your Body

1. Turmeric Fights Inflammation

The more you learn about disease and sickness the more you find that, at its core, lies inflammation. Diseases like Inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, arthritis, asthma, chronic active hepatitis, and certain types of cancer, are all inflammatory disorders. Research has looked at the effectiveness of Turmeric in place of Non-Steroidal-Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) and found that turmeric works just as effectively at reducing inflammation. Chronic NSAID use has been associated with cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and kidney problems; so swapping in a natural alternative can not only treat symptoms but also prevent disease.

2. Turmeric Delays Aging

Research studies noted significant improvement in skin disease and overall skin health with the supplementation and topical application of turmeric. When it comes to your face, turmeric works by decreasing inflammation around eyes and under skin. Since there is less inflammation and stretching in the facial tissue, fewer wrinkles can form. Turmeric also shows promise with speeding up wound healing. So that pimple you just popped, it can heal up at a faster rate. Additionally, turmeric delays aging internally, by decreasing inflammatory diseases as discussed above. If your body is sick, it can add years to your appearance.

3. Turmeric Protects Your Heart

Anyone with heart disease, high cholesterol, or plaque buildup can really benefit from this effect of turmeric. Turmeric is shown to alter the way your body metabolizes fats. This leads to decreased cholesterol absorption, which in turn leads to decreased accumulation of plaque in arteries. This is a winning combination for heart health.

4. Turmeric Improves Digestion

Gastro-intestinal (GI) discomfort, such as bloating and gas, can be caused by insufficient gallbladder secretions. The gallbladder stores and secretes bile as needed for digestion. People can have deficient bile secretions due to frequent gallstones or sludge build-up within the gallbladder. Bile secretions help break down foods, specifically fats. Turmeric works by stimulating the gallbladder, increasing secretions of bile, and easing these symptoms of GI distress.

5. Turmeric Enhances Memory and Prevents Alzheimers Disease

Because inflammation is one of the leading causes of Alzheimers disease, turmeric can be useful in both treating and delaying disease progression. It actually works by blocking COX-2 enzyme. This blocks the neural inflammation that can occur in the brain. Turmeric also increases oxygen flow to the brain, leading to healthier brain cells.

What Form Have You Taken Turmeric In?

See results

How Much Turmeric Should I Take?

I take turmeric by juicing small pieces (1-2g) of fresh root in with other fruits and vegetables. It gives any juice a bright yellow/orange hue. Depending on how you would like to take turmeric, here are the specific dosing guidelines for adults from the University of Maryland Medical Center.

  • Fresh Cut Root: 1.5 to 3 g per day
  • Dried, powdered root: 1 to 3 g per day
  • Standardized powder (curcumin): 400 to 600 mg, 3 times per day
  • Fluid extract (1:1) 30 to 90 drops a day
  • Tincture (1:2): 15 to 30 drops, 4 times per day

Fun Facts About Turmeric

* Turmeric turns foods a vibrant yellow-orange pigment

* Turmeric is primarily produced in India

* It is typically the spice used to flavor curries

* It is a good source of vitamin C and magnesium

* Turmeric is considered a vibrant antioxidant

*It is a tropical plant that is part of the ginger family

* In India, Turmeric is referred to as the "Golden Goddess"

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Precautions

As with any supplement, it is important to take with care under the supervision of a physician so they can consider how it may interact with other medications or health conditions.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)