Turmeric: Proven Health Benefits, Uses, and Side effects

You may have heard of turmeric, a spice with many virtues and properties. A spice that is good for you because it purifies, flushes and aids digestion.  But let’s take a closer look at its benefits!

Turmeric: the spice with a thousand benefits

Known scientifically as Curcuma Longa, this spice is widely used in many countries among which India is the largest user. As mentioned in the opening this spice is rich in properties: it is depurative, anti-inflammatory, digestive, antidepressant, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, a source of longevity and helps control blood pressure. Because of its antioxidant action, turmeric is considered an anti-cancer spice as well as a powerful ally for those with diabetes, that is, it has a great ability to control blood sugar as well as improve lipid metabolism.

Turmeric: can it also be consumed during pregnancy?

Scientifically, there is no evidence of side effects, so unless medical advice to the contrary, green light to use this super spice even during pregnancy. The benefits it can bring to pregnant women are many and among them we find:

  • Aid in combating nausea
  • Ally in relieving pain
  • A digestive aid
  • A natural aid against inflammation, especially when combined with ginger

In addition to this, turmeric should also be consumed, always after the doctor’s green light, during breastfeeding because:

  • It helps reduce the risk of mastitis, as it reduces inflammation
  • It improves brain function and dopamine production thus proving to be an excellent antidepressant
  • It is recommended to increase breast milk production
  • Promotes digestion and improves blood circulation

Contraindications to the use of turmeric in pregnancy

A recent scientific study by the University of Maryland Medical Center claimed that excessive use of turmeric has no effect on the health of the new-born. The only note mentioned is that turmeric may cause a slight, but not significant, weight loss. In any case, it is best not to overdo turmeric consumption and to consult with your doctor to avoid gastric disorders and heartburn.

How to consume turmeric:

You can use turmeric by adding it to salads or as a spice in the preparation of tomato sauce for pasta or gnocchi. You can make a warm herbal tea or a refreshing drink by also adding a piece of ginger. Or consume it in the morning by adding some to milk for breakfast.

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