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Cúrcuma (açafrão-da-terra): 10 benefícios and how to use

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Cúrcuma (açafrão-da-terra): 10 benefícios and how to use
Cúrcuma (açafrão-da-terra): 10 benefícios and how to use

Turmeric, turmeric, turmeric or tumeric is a kind of root with medicinal properties. It is usually used in powder form to season meats or vegetables especially in India and eastern countries.

In addition to having great antioxidant potential, turmeric can also be used as a natural remedy to improve gastrointestinal problems, fever, treat colds and even reduce high cholesterol.

Turmeric is a plant with long and shiny leaves measuring about 60 cm with long orange roots. Its scientific name is Curcuma longa and can be purchased in natural products stores, compounding pharmacies and even in some markets for the average price of 10 reais.

What it's for and benefits

The main properties of turmeric are its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and digestive action and, therefore, this plant has several benefits for the body, such as:

  1. Improve digestion;
  2. Help in weight loss;
  3. Fighting colds and flu;
  4. Avoid asthma attacks;
  5. Detoxify and treat liver problems;
  6. Regulate intestinal flora;
  7. Regular cholesterol;
  8. Stimulate the immune system;
  9. Relieving skin inflammation such as eczema, acne or psoriasis;
  10. Improve the natural anti-inflammatory response.

In addition, turmeric can be used as a brain tonic, helps to inhibit the formation of blood clots and even helps to relieve the symptoms of premenstrual tension.

The active principle responsible for the medicinal potential of turmeric is curcumin, which has even been studied to be used in the form of a gel or ointment to treat skin wounds, such as burns, because it has shown excellent results in scientific studies.

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How to use

The most used part of turmeric is the powder of its root, to season foods, but it can also be consumed in the form of capsules. In addition, its leaves can also be used in the preparation of some teas.

  • Turmeric infusion: Put 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in 150 ml of boiling water and let it rest for about 10 to 15 minutes. After cooling down, drink up to 3 cups a day between meals;
  • Turmeric Capsules: Generally the recommended dosage is 2 capsules of 250 mg every 12 hours, totaling 1 g per day, however the dosage may vary accordingly with the problem to be de alt with;
  • Turmeric Gel: Mix a tablespoon of aloe with the turmeric powder and apply to skin inflammations such as psoriasis.

Also, to improve the absorption of antioxidants from the root, turmeric can be consumed together with oils, such as olive oil, coconut or avocado oil, for example.

See how to use turmeric in a home remedy for rheumatoid arthritis or home remedy for high triglycerides.

Possible side effects

The side effects of turmeric are related to its excessive use, which can cause stomach irritation and nausea.

Who should not use

Despite having several he alth benefits, turmeric is contraindicated in patients who are taking anticoagulant drugs and with obstruction of the bile ducts due to gallstones. Turmeric during pregnancy or lactation should only be used under medical supervision.

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