Turmeric: Is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. It is the main spice in curry. However, the root of turmeric is widely used in medicine. It contains a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin. Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice and liver problems. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, and fatigue.
It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, fever, menstrual problems, itchy skin, recovery after surgery, and cancers. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, swelling in the middle layer of the eye (anterior uveitis), diabetes, water retention, worms, autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation, and kidney problems. For Answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900
Turmeric is quickly becoming an “it” superfood. You’ve probably seen the ingredient all over Pinterest and Instagram in the form of golden-hued lattes, soups, and vegan ice cream. It was even called a “rising star” by Google Food Trends, since searches for turmeric jumped a whopping 56% between November and January. And as a nutritionist, I’m thrilled, since this healthy food trend is both delicious and backed by research.
Turmeric, a root in the same family as ginger, has long been used as an anti-inflammatory compound in Chinese and Indian medicine. Its active ingredient, a yellow co