Turmeric is a bright yellow spice commonly used in Indian cuisine. It is responsible for the vibrant yellow colour of curry powder.
New research has shown that the active constituent of turmeric (called curcumin) can help to fight Candida. Interestingly enough, when combined with ascorbic acid (vitamin C), curcumin becomes 5 to 10 times more potent at killing Candida. In fact, curcumin becomes a more powerful antioxidant, and a more powerful anti-fungal if it’s combined with vitamin C.
This research was published in the journal Food Chemistry.
Turmeric is well known for its ability to support healthy liver and digestive function. It stimulates the liver to produce more bile, therefore has a cleansing effect on the liver. Turmeric also stimulates the gallbladder to contract and secrete bile into the small intestine. This has a cleansing effect on the gallbladder, and also improves fat digestion. That means turmeric is excellent for anyone suffering with bloating, indigestion, flatulence or other digestive discomfort.
Turmeric is also a well known antioxidant. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties and may provide relief for painful conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Its antioxidant actions may also offer protection against some forms of dementia.
You can add powdered turmeric to your cooking, or you may even be able to find the fresh rhizome for sale at some green grocers. Turmeric is also available in nutritional supplements.
If you want to increase the beneficial effects of turmeric in your body, make sure your turmeric supplement also contains vitamin C.