Turmeric is the root stalk of a tropical plant that's part of the ginger family. One of the main components of the spice is a substance called curcumin which has potentially healing properties.
Turmeric has been used for many thousands of years in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine for conditions including heartburn, diarrhoea, stomach bloating, colds, fibromyalgia and depression. Followers of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine also sometimes apply turmeric to the skin for ringworm and infected wounds as it's said to have anti-bacterial properties.
In more recent years there have been some studies carried out on the effects of curcumin. Some of these also relate to the association of turmeric and black pepper: adding black pepper increases the absorbtion of the antinflamatory effects of turmeric.
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As well as all the benefits of the original NaturAlly FED Kombucha brew, Valentine also cen help:
- CANCER - A study in 2009 in Ireland found that curcumin killed off oesophageal cancer cells in the laboratory. The researchers found that curcumin started to destroy the cancercells within 24 hours and the cells also began to digest themselves.
- LIVER DAMAGE - Researchers in Austria and the US in 2010 suggested that curcumin may help in the fight against liver damage. It seems to delay the onset of cirrhosis. They say their work builds on previous research which has indicated that it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which may be helpful in combating disease.
- DIABETIS - A small study in Thailand in 2012 found it may help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. It found that over 9 months a daily dose of a supplement containing curcumin, seemed to prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes among certain people at risk. However, more research is needed.
- ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE and DEMENTIA - There are numerous studies into the effect of curcumin on Alzheimer's disease and dementia. An Indian study in 2008 suggested that curcumin can block the formation of the beta-amyloid plaques that get in the way of brain function in Alzheimer's disease. More research is needed before these possible benefits are translated into a clinical setting.