Turmeric’s taste is peppery, warm and bitter with a gentle fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger. It is best known as an ingredient for making curry, but it also gives mustard its bright yellow color.
Today, turmeric stands for the most thoroughly researched plant in existence because of its powerful components.
The great amount of researches performed on this amazing spice has shown that turmeric compares with many conventional medications, like:
According to a study from 2008, the standardized preparation of curcuminoids from Turmeric is better than the drug atorvastatin on endothelial dysfunction, reduction in inflammation and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients.
Corticosteroids (steroid medications)
A study from 1999 found that curcumin, the primary polyphenol in turmeric, bears comparison with steroids in the management of chronic anterior uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease.
Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine (antidepressants)
According to a 2011 study, curcumin compared favorably to these two drugs in reducing depressive behavior in an animal model.
Aspirin (blood thinner)
Curcumin has anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effects compared to aspirin, signifying it may have be significant for patients prone to vascular thrombosis and requiring anti-arthritis therapy.
A study from 2004 has shown that curcumin (as well as resveratrol) are effective options to the drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, and tamoxifen in exerting anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activity against tumor cells.
Oxaliplatin (chemotherapy drug)
A 2007 study found that curcumin is better than oxaliplatin as an antiproliferative agenet in colorectal cell lines.
Metformin (diabetes drug)
A study from 2009 explored how curcumin might be valuable in treating diabetes and found that it activates AMPK (which increases glucose uptake) and restrains gluconeogenic gene expression in hepatoma cells. The scientists found curcumin to be 500 times to 100,000 times more powerful than metformin in activating AMPK and its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC).
Now knowing how powerful turmeric is, both as food and a medicine, try using it on a daily basis.