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    15 Turmeric Health Benefits & Negative Effects

    Turmeric is a spice that has many health benefits, its also often used as a natural food coloring. Turmeric nutrition contain high minerals, vitamins and electrolytes compound such as potassium. All turmeric nutrition facts can be read at the bottom of the post.

    Turmeric or in Latin is called Curcuma longa Linn. syn. Curcuma domestica Val. is one of the original spices and medicinal plants of Southeast Asia. Turmeric is often used as a spice in cooking a type of curry, and is also used to give a yellow color to the dish, or as a preservative. 

    There are a number of pharmaceutical products made ​​from turmeric such as a cure for inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis) or osteo-arthritis deklofenak made ​​active sodium, piroxicam, and phenyl butason with relatively high or dietary supplements (Vitamin-plus) in capsule form.

    Turmeric health benefits

    1. Reduce risk of diabetes: Curcumin found in turmeric has health benefits to reduce insulin resistance, thus helping to control blood glucose levels and reduce the risk of diabetes.

    2. Anti cancer: Curcumin is an antioxidant that can help prevent damage and mutation of cells by free radicals. Curcumin also has the ability to inhibit the growth of cancer, especially breast cancer, cocoon (colon cancer), skin cancer, stomach cancer, and lung cancer.

    3. Reducing the Risk of Anemia: Anemia can be caused by iron deficiency. Turmeric is rich in iron minerals which are essential components in the formation of red blood cells.

    4. Reduce Risk of Atherosclerosis: Turmeric contain substance that can prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol), preventing the buildup of cholesterol on artery walls that can lead to atherosclerosis.

    5. Antioxidants: Curcumin is an antioxidant ingredients. Antioxidants act to prevent cell damage and death caused by free radicals. Besides turmeric also contains other antioxidants, namely vitamin C.

    6. Boost immunity: Turmeric contains lipopolysaccharides which demonstrated the ability to stimulate and increase the activity of the immune system (immune system).

    7. Stimulates digestion: Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, which helps digestion and reduces bloating symptoms. However it must be noted that people who have gallbladder disease should not use turmeric as a dietary supplement because it can worsen the condition.

    8. Treating Uveitis (Inflammation of the uvea Eye): Curcumin may help treat uveitis (inflammation of the uvea eye). Curcumin showed ability as an effective corticosteroid in patients with uveitis.

    9. Treating IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome): Curcumin known to effectively help treat IBS (inflammatory bowel syndrome).

    10. Treating arthritis: Curcumin has anti-inflammatory (anti-inflammatory) to help treat arthritis. Turmeric extract is widely available as an arthritis drug in capsule form.

    11. Smooth skin: Powdered turmeric is widely used as an ingredient for the skin care. Turmeric is known to help heal skin health problems such as pimples, spots, and dry skin.

    12. Healthy hair: Turmeric extract is widely used as a hair growth stimulator. Turmeric extract can also be used as a dandruff remover.

    13. Reduce menstrual pain: Turmeric contains a substance that has antispasmodic properties (anti-seizure) and the nature of the analgesic (pain relief) which helps reduce pain due to menstruation.

    14. Helps heal wounds: Turmeric contains anti-septic and anti-bacterial ingredients that can be used as a disinfectant for wounds and burns regular.

    15. Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease: Inflammation in the brain is considered as one of the causes of Alzheimer's disease. Research shows that turmeric contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Consuming turmeric can protect the brain from Alzheimer's disease.

    Negative Effects Turmeric for Health

    In addition to having many benefits, turmeric also have negative side effects on health. Here are some of the adverse effects of turmeric for health.
    • Cause problems in the gastric, eating turmeric in a fairly long period of time can cause gastric disorders. This happens because the causticity contained in turmeric.
    • Difficult absorbed: a substance contained in turmeric tends difficult not absorbed by the body so we can get the optimum benefits of turmeric.
    • The effect of chemotherapy: based on a study, turmeric has an effect on chemotherapy, so it's recommended for those who are undergoing chemotherapy should not consume turmeric in large numbers.

    Turmeric Nutrition Facts

    Turmeric nutritional value  per 100 g
    Taken from USDA Nutrient database

    Water : 12.85 g 
    Energy : 312 Kcal 
    Carbohydrates : 67.14 g 
    Protein : 9.68 g 
    Total Fat : 3.25 g 
    Cholesterol : 0 mg 
    Dietary Fiber 22.7 g 
    Sugars, total : 3.21 g 

    Folates : 20 µg 
    Niacin : 1.350 mg 
    Riboflavin : 0.150 mg 
    Vitamin A : 0 IU 
    Vitamin B6 : 0.107 mg 
    Vitamin C : 0.7 mg 
    Vitamin E : 4.43 mg 
    Vitamin K : 13.4 mg 

    Calcium : 168 mg 
    Iron : 55 mg 
    Magnesium : 208 mg 
    Phosphorus : 299 mg 
    Potassium : 2080 mg 
    Sodium : 27 mg 
    Zinc : 4.50 µg 

    Saturated fatty acids : 1.838 g 
    Monounsaturated fatty acids : 0.449 g 
    Polyunsaturated fatty acids : 0.756 g
    Fatty acids, total trans : 0.056
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