Turmeric is one of the most popular traditionally used herbs and also known as “golden spice”. It is grown in various parts of India and other Asian countries and has been held sacred since ancient times. The use of turmeric dates back nearly 4000 years to the Vedic culture in India, where it was used as a culinary spice and had some religious significance where people regarded it as “herb of the sun”. It probably reached China by 700 AD, East Africa by 800 AD, West Africa by 1200 AD, and Jamaica in the eighteenth century. In 1280, Marco Polo—an Italian merchant traveler described this spice “marveling” at a vegetable that exhibited qualities so similar to that of saffron. According to Sanskrit medical treatises and Ayurveda and Unani systems, turmeric has been used as traditional medicine in the treatment of various diseases like asthma, cough, allergic conditions, jaundice, diarrhea, biliary disorders, anorexia, diabetic wounds, sprains and swellings caused by injury. The dried turmeric powder has been used topically for insect stings, chickenpox, and smallpox. However, it is modern science which has made it possible for millions to get the health benefits from turmeric’s unique compounds. Curcumin C3 Complex is obtained from the dried rhizomes of Curcuma longa (Turmeric)and standardized for a minimum 95% Curcuminoids. The name C3 Complex has reference to its three main chemical compounds – Curcumin, Demethoxycurcumin (DMC) and Bisdemethoxycurcumin (BDMC)—collectively known as “Curcuminoids”.
All You Need To Know About Turmeric Curcumin
The AZ Of Turmeric Curcumin – Everything You Need To KnowProducts created from natural plants have been used throughout human history, and many of the plants themselves have evolved alongside animal life and are billions of years old. They have produced natural materials to defend themselves against disease and infection, and in turn, humans have used them to cure ailments for centuries. Indeed, in India, the system of Ayurvedic medicine employs mostly plant-based drugs and formulations to treat a wide range of diseases and health problems, including cancer. Turmeric curcumin has been used for over 5,000 years as a spice and to treat ailmentsThis is known because traces of turmeric have been found on cooking pots and artefacts dating back to 3,300 BC at the site of the birth of the Indus civilization on the Indus River which flows from Tibet into Kashmir in India, and into Pakistan. The Indus is one of the seven sacred rivers of the Hindus.Indian SaffronNot only was turmeric used as a spice, but it was also used in religious ceremonies, and because of its’ brilliant yellow color it is alternatively known as Indian saffron. Indeed, India today produces the vast majority of the world’s turmeric and consumes most of it. Erode, a city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu is the largest producer and trading center of turmeric in the world, followed by the city of Sangli in Maharashtra in Northern India. Erode is also known as “Yellow City” and “Turmeric City”.Different Places, Different NamesTurmeric is widely cultivated in Asia and is known by a number of different names. In South India, it is called manual while in North India it is haldi which is derived from the Sanskrit word haridra. The name turmeric is derived from the Latin terra merita meaning “meritorious earth” and refers to the color of ground turmeric resembling a mineral pigment. In French, it is called Terre merit, while in many languages it is just called “yellow root”.In Sanskrit, turmeric has at least 53 known different names including bhadra (lucky), bahula (plenty), haridra (dear to hari, Lord Krishna), kanchani (exhibits golden color), kaveri (harlot), jayanti (one that wins over diseases), mehagni (killer of fat), pitika (which gives yellow color), ratrimanika (as beautiful as moonlight), varavarnini (which gives fair complexion), vishagni (killer of poison), and yuvati (young girl) to name just a few.
Worldwide Use Of Turmeric
Dyes made from turmeric have been used for centuries to color food and clothing. Children in Kerala, India, wore clothing during the Onam Festival that had been dyed with turmeric, and it was also traditionally used to dye the robes of Buddhist monks. In Hawaii, turmeric was used to treat ear infections, sinus problems, and for the healing of gastric ulcers.
It is thought that turmeric reached China by 700 AD, East Africa by 800 AD, West Africa by 1200 AD, and Jamaica in the 1700’s. Certainly, Marco Polo wrote in 1280 about his travels in China and said “There is also a vegetable here which has all the properties of the true saffron, as well as the color, and yet it is not really saffron. Turmeric is held in great estimation, and being an ingredient in all their dishes, it bears, on that account, a high price.”
A cookery book produced in 1747 by Hannah Glasse used turmeric in a recipe for Indian pickles and in a later edition of the book it was used to flavor a curry. Turmeric also appeared in an advertisement by a company called Sorlies Perfumery Warehouse who created a blend of spice and curry powder claiming that “it renders the stomach active in digestion – the blood naturally free in circulation – the mind vigorous – and contributes most of any food to an increase in the human race.”
Turmeric’s Use in CookingTurmeric has many uses in Asian cooking. It is used almost universally as a spice and gives a curry its’ yellow color and distinctive flavor. It is used not only in savory dishes but sweet dishes also, and is used to create fresh turmeric pickle widely enjoyed in Eastern countries. It is employed as a coloring agent in butter, cheeses, and other foods.It is used in South Africa to turn boiled white rice a pretty golden color. It is also used in an extremely wide range of manufactured foods and drinks including biscuits, sweets, cake icing, sauces, cereals, ice cream, cakes, orange juice, canned drinks, dairy products, yoghurts, baked products, and popcorn, and of course it is a chief component of most commercial curry powders.
Turmeric’s Use in Beauty Products
Turmeric is also used in the manufacture of several sun creams, and some very large companies use it in the production of face creams. In parts of India a paste made of turmeric is used by women to remove unwanted hair, and in some areas of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh it is applied to the skin of a bride and groom before their wedding as it is believed to make the skin glow and keep harmful bacteria away.
Turmeric As A Medicine
Turmeric has been used as a traditional medicine for centuries. In Ayurvedic medicine it has been used for improving digestion, dissolving gallstones, relieving wind, the regulation of period pains, dispelling worms, relieving the pain of arthritis, and was believed to improve the overall strength of the body. Many Asian countries believe that turmeric has similar properties to aloe vera so it is used to clean cuts and burns and to hasten their healing. In both Afghanistan and Pakistan turmeric is applied to a piece of burnt cloth which is placed on a wound. In Pakistan, turmeric is used as an anti-inflammatory and also for removing the discomfort caused by irritable bowel syndrome.
Many Asian countries believe that turmeric has similar properties to aloe vera so it is used to clean cuts and burns and to hasten their healing.
Turmeric curcumin also has many other uses in Ayurvedic medicine. It is used for coughs and colds, sore throats, sinusitis, liver disorders, asthma, rheumatism, and even anorexia. It is also used to treat swellings and sprains. In addition, turmeric is used to treat digestive problems when mixed with some milk or water. Turmeric also stimulates the production of bile in the liver and promotes the excretion of it via the gallbladder: this, in turn, improves the body’s ability to digest fats.Over the last 30 years or so, very many studies of turmeric curcumin have been done in order to ascertain just how useful it is in treating many different conditions. Of course, today we have many medicines produced in the laboratory, but modern medicine is less than 100 years old while traditional medicine has been used for thousands of years and has been found to be both reliable and safe to use.
Turmeric Curcumin & Black Pepper
The human body only takes in a small amount of curcumin into its bloodstream due to turmeric curcumin’s low bioavailability (the amount that is actually absorbed by the body). Increasing the daily amount taken orally does not increase its absorption. To receive maximum benefits from the medicinal spice, it needs to be combined with black pepper. Research has found that just a small amount of black pepper – even a quarter of a teaspoon – combined with turmeric curcumin can increase curcumin’s bioavailability by 2000%. Yes, you read that correctly – 2000%!
Research has found that just a small amount of black pepper – even a quarter of a teaspoon – combined with turmeric curcumin can increase curcumin’s bioavailability by 2000%. Yes, you read that correctly – 2000%!
The human body’s liver considers turmeric curcumin a foreign substance and immediately makes it water-soluble so it can be easily released from the body. Black pepper prevents this from happening. When it’s blocked from becoming water-soluble, curcumin is absorbed beautifully into the bloodstream making it as effective as pharmaceutical drugs to treat and heal the body and boost joint health.Turmeric-Plus already contains bio-enhancing black pepper extract within each Turmeric Curcumin supplement, taking the guesswork out of how much black pepper needs to be ingested separately. The two-in-one supplement is effective, safe, non-toxic, and easy to swallow twice per day. Each pill contains 1,200 mg of anti-inflammatory support to start healing your painful joint symptoms so you can once again have a better quality of life pain-free!