Turmeric - Benefits, Virtues, Dose, Contraindications

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  1. Turmeric
  2. Source
  3. Nutritional assets
  4. Benefits and virtues
    1. Turmeric for digestive disorders
    2. Dermatological problems
    3. Hypercholesterolemia
    4. Turmeric's role in cancer prevention
    5. Type 2 Diabetes
  5. Dosage
  6. Side effects and contraindications
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Also called island saffron or yellow ginger, turmeric (also called curcuma longa) is a rhizome native to India.

The powder extracted from it is considered a sovereign spice, but it has also been used for thousands of years for its many medicinal properties...

Turmeric Benefits

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Its name in Latin turmeric comes from the Arabic word Kurkum, which was the original name of the saffron. Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous plant native to South Asia (China, Thailand, Cambodia...) but India is the largest producer, with almost 1,400 tons produced each year!

The first text to mention turmeric as a medicinal plant dates back 6,000 years! Then it was used to chase away jaundice.

It has been cultivated in India since ancient times and the powder extracted from its rhizome has been used in Ayurvedic medicine since the fourth century.

It is also mentioned in the Sanskrit literature, where we read that its powder can be used in massage to treat heart disease.

It is known in the West since the antiquity, and it is the pharmacologist and botanist Dioscoride who first described it in his book Materia Medica.

Then, in 1280, it was Marco Polo who traced the transport of turmeric from China to India in his diary.

Nutritional assets

It is the curcuminoids that give turmeric its many medicinal qualities. Curcuminoids are very powerful antioxidant pigments, which also have anti-inflammatory properties.

The most abundant curcuminoid in turmeric is curcumin, which represents about 90% of these compounds.

In addition to these curcuminoids, turmeric is an excellent source of minerals, especially iron and manganese.

As for vitamins, turmeric is very rich in vitamin B6, and is an interesting source of vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin B3.

Benefits and virtues

Turmeric's therapeutic properties are numerous and recognized. This super spice is at the same time regenerating, stimulating, antioxidant, fluidizing and protective. It is indicated to treat several disorders / diseases.

Turmeric for digestive disorders

Curcumin acts at all digestive levels thanks to its antibacterial and immunostimulant properties. At the stomach level, curcumin inhibits the proliferation of an ulcer-causing bacteria called helicobacter pilori. Therefore, it relieves gastric pain, swelling and burping.

In the liver, turmeric promotes drainage of waste by stimulating bile secretion. Its antioxidant effect also protects liver cells from toxic agents (alcohol, drugs, chemotherapy, viruses, etc.).

Finally, at the intestinal level, the daily intake of turmeric clearly improves the irritable bowel and colon syndrome.

Dermatological problems

Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, turmeric is a precious ally for problem skin. It can be used externally to treat acne problems, combined with coconut milk and honey.

As a poultice, turmeric is an effective treatment for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, mycosis, ulcers or muscle problems such as sprains and other joint pains.


Turmeric acts at various levels to regulate blood cholesterol levels. First, it slows the intestinal absorption of cholesterol. Then, in a second step, it stimulates bile secretions that contribute to the dissolution of dietary cholesterol.

Finally, curcumin increases the metabolism of cholesterol, particularly LDL cholesterol, which is considered to be a bad cholesterol, by promoting its absorption into the cells of the liver so that it is transformed there.

Turmeric's role in cancer prevention

In the countries with the highest consumption of turmeric, the incidence of certain cancers (prostate, breast, colon, lung) is much lower than the world average. This finding has led science to study turmeric's effects on cancer prevention for several years.

One of these, published in 2008 in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, shows that in animals, turmeric reduces the risk of leukemia, lymphoma, cancer of the colon, esophagus, stomach, liver, skin and breast.

However, turmeric is not only preventive, since a daily treatment of 8 g of turmeric, combined or not with chemotherapy, would allow to stop the proliferation of tumor cells in the pancreas and colon.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes and hypercholesterolemia are two closely related pathologies, as diabetes leads to obesity and disorders of fat metabolism.

A study published in 2009 in the medical journal Diabetes Care compared two groups of people predisposed to diabetes: one group received a treatment with curcumin and the other a treatment with placebo.

The results are compelling since none of the people in the curcumin-treated group developed diabetes, while 16% of those treated with placebo did.

By identifying people at risk at an early stage, curcumin proves to be a very effective (and very economical) preventive treatment for type 2 diabetes.


Turmeric can be used in several ways:

  • In powder form, the usual doses are 1.5 g to 3 g of powder.
  • Infusion, 1 to 2 g of dry rhizome powder infused in 15 cl of boiling water, to be drunk once or twice a day.
  • Mother Tincture, the recommended amounts are about 10 ml per day.
  • In the standardized curcuminoid extract, 400 mg three times a day is recommended to treat inflammation.
  • In capsules: generally dosed with 2 g of curcuma standardized to 95% curcumoids as for our liposomal curcuma. We recommend one capsule per day for a cure of at least 3 weeks.

Side effects and contraindications

The rare side effects seen are dry mouth, diarrhea and nausea.

Due to its anticoagulant and hypoglycemic properties, turmeric can amplify the effects of certain drugs with the same effects.

Care should also be taken in case of treatment with radiotherapy or anti-tumor antibiotics, the consumption of turmeric on the days of treatment, as well as on the two days following and preceding the treatment, is contraindicated.

Turmeric is contraindicated in cases of blocked bile ducts. Finally, turmeric-based dietary supplements are not recommended during pregnancy.

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