Research has shown that the use of turmeric, a traditional Ayurvedic herb, could potentially enhance the treatment of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis by targeting the inflammation-related factors.

Turmeric

Reasons I Adore It

In recent years, turmeric has been promoted up the ranks in the world of spices – going from a humble ingredient in curry powder, to taking its place on the menu of every self- respecting hipster café. 

Turmeric latte anyone?

Research has shown that using turmeric, a traditional Ayurvedic herb, could enhance the treatment of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis by targeting inflammation-related factors.

Inflammation is a common problem, the pain, redness, heat and swelling accompanying injuries such as sprains, strains, cuts, grazes, insect bites and stings.

 

The exact process that produces these symptoms also drives many diseases. Most pain results from some inflammation, so if it hurts, inflammation is likely involved.

 

There are various types of pain, including arthritis, joint, back, and muscle pain, headaches, and digestive disorders such as ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.

Inflammation can occur in the body without noticeable symptoms, often referred to as “the silent killer”. It can be an underlying process behind some forms of cardiovascular disease.

 

Many cardiovascular disease patients do not show recognised risk factors such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

 

“Silent” inflammation can also contribute to conditions like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Reducing Pain & Inflammation

Making the correct dietary choices can have a large impact on inflammation & pain. 

 

Certain foods have the capacity to exacerbate inflammation.

Try to avoid;

  • High glycemic load carbohydrates, such as refined starches & sugars
  • High intake of saturated & trans fats found in fried & processed foods
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Processed foods with low nutritional value
  • For many people dairy & gluten containing foods can aggravate their symptoms.

 

Build a healthy nutritional foundation of fresh vegetables, fruit, beneficial fats, protein, herbs, spices & natural fibre.

Why controlling inflammation is important

Inflammation is a normal acute response that your immune system generates to address all sorts of challenges, such as an injury, infection and toxicity. 

 

Inflammation can often continue for far too long.  This may be because your body is tired, maybe you have gut issues and your body is unable to assimilate the nutrients from your food and you are therefore nutrient deplete, which means that you will be unable to properly heal. 

 

Not only is this causing production of chemicals that is leading to pain, but the tissue may become damaged and disease set in.

Studies have found that turmeric may help to manage oxidative and minor inflammatory conditions. Turmeric has traditionally been used to relieve symptoms of mild osteoarthritis. 

 

But the bountiful benefits of turmeric don’t stop at reducing inflammation. Its antioxidant properties may also support healthy liver function and improve elimination pathways in the body.  It may act on the lining of the digestive tract, promoting good digestion and a healthy microbiome.  

In healthy active people, turmeric may help reduce inflammation, which may relieve sore muscles after exercise.

The Spice of Life

With its signature brown skin and bright orange flesh, turmeric is derived from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, belonging to the group of oldest cultivated spice plants that grow in Asia and Central America.

 

Curcumin is the active chemical in turmeric that gives it its distinctly golden hue and has medicinal properties. The spice is used in curries and teas and as a dye to colour foods such as mustard.

 

Turmeric has long been recognised and revered by traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western herbal medicine for its health promoting and healing benefits. 

 

Turmeric has been used to alleviate mild digestive discomfort as well as mild muscle and joint pain. Many traditional herbal uses may relate to turmeric’s antioxidant effects.

 

Incorporating turmeric into your daily diet can offer long-term benefits for your overall health and well-being.

Ongoing inflammation can result from repetitive damage (such as arthritis) or other triggers like toxins, allergens, or oxidative stress, which can cause tissue damage.

Copyright © Samantha Lluisé of Lotus Womens Health 2024

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