Turmeric - The Yellow Magic

Turmeric (Curcuma longa/domestica) is widely grown throughout the Indian subcontinent where it is extensively used as a spice around the world. It has been making a big entry into the mainstream media channel as the new super detox and super anti-inflammatory component. But what does science say?

Curcuma as an anti-inflammatory component

Curcumin, the active ingredient in the turmeric root is an established anti-inflammatory dietary botanical component which has pain reducing properties.

It is conclusive that curcumin acts as an inhibitor of the mediators of the inflammatory response and therefore may reduce fever and pain. (Grosser et al. 2017; Rainsford, 2007 abstract) (Bengmark 2006 abstract; Chainani-Wu, 2003, Lantz et al. 2005

Therapeutic benefits

There appear to be many therapeutic benefits to curcumin supplementation such as treatment of inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, pain and to help in the management of inflammatory and degenerative eye conditions. These benefits are mostly due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. (Aggarwal & Harikumar 2009; Hewlings & Kalman 2017)