Ann Ruthenburg Health
HELLO there readers, I hope you all had a great week. Yes, we are way into winter now.
Do not be fooled by the sun during the day, the cold nights tell us that this is definitely winter. Stay home, eat healthy, exercise and take your vitamins.
This week I will be answering questions from women who ask whether tumeric powder can help them lose weight?
I decided to then give you the full benefits of tumeric and not just its weight loss properties. Here we go — I hope you find it beneficial. Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry.
It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavour or colour curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-coloured chemical called curcumin, which is often used to colour foods and cosmetics (I have spoken about turmeric as a face cosmetic before).
So to answer the ladies about using tumeric as a weight loss product, it can be used yes, but there are more effective spices to use such as cayenne pepper which burns the fact. Tumeric benefits are more powerful in the following;
Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, haemorrhage, diarrhoea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, and fatigue. Amazing right? Well that’s not all there are more uses for our daily or common ailments such as;
For headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, itchy skin, recovery after surgery, and cancers. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, swelling in the middle layer of the eye (anterior uveitis), diabetes, water retention, worms, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation, and kidney problems.
Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, sprains and swellings, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, acne, inflammatory skin conditions and skin sores, soreness inside of the mouth, infected wounds, and gum disease.
Now I must warn you, that not all turmeric works the same. Yes the most original tumeric is found in authentic Indian/Asian shops.
The bottled tumeric is sometimes mixed with other compounds or chemicals, which will dilute the potency of tumeric. Don’t confuse turmeric with Javanese turmeric root (Curcuma zedoaria).
The best way in my opinion to take tumeric or any herb, is to take it as a beverage one teaspoon of tumeric in a tea cup, add water and honey or sugar to taste, or drink it as it is. One or two cups a day is fine until the problem clears or healing occurs. Remember my rule of 14 days to see clear results and 21 to 31 days to be sure.
Tumeric has side effects and these are as follows:
Turmeric usually does not cause significant side effects; however, some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhoea. Pregnancy and breast-feeding. During pregnancy and while breast-feeding, turmeric is likely safe when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food. However, turmeric is likely unsafe when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts during pregnancy.
It might promote a menstrual period or stimulate the uterus, putting the pregnancy at risk. Do not take medicinal amounts of turmeric if you are pregnant. There is not enough information to rate the safety of medicinal amounts of turmeric during breast-feeding. It is best not to use it.
Gallbladder problems: Turmeric can make gallbladder problems worse. Do not use turmeric if you have gallstones or a bile duct obstruction. Bleeding problems: Taking turmeric might slow blood clotting. This might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.
Diabetes: Curcumin, a chemical in turmeric, might decrease blood sugar in people with diabetes. Use with caution in people with diabetes as it might make blood sugar too low. A stomach disorder called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Turmeric can cause stomach upset in some people. It might make stomach problems such as GERD worse. Do not take turmeric if it worsens symptoms of GERD.
Hormone-sensitive condition such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin, which might act like the hormone estrogen. In theory, turmeric might make hormone-sensitive conditions worse.
However, some research shows that turmeric reduces the effects of estrogen in some hormone-sensitive cancer cells. Therefore, turmeric might have beneficial effects on hormone-sensitive conditions. Until more is known, use cautiously if you have a condition that might be made worse by exposure to hormones.
Infertility: Turmeric might lower testosterone levels and decrease sperm movement when taken by mouth in men. This might reduce fertility. Turmeric should be used cautiously by people trying to have a baby.
Iron deficiency: Taking high amounts of turmeric might prevent the absorption of iron. Turmeric should be used with caution in people with iron deficiency.
Surgery: Turmeric might slow blood clotting. It might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using turmeric at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.
That is it from me folks this week. I hope this helped someone. Until next week, God bless!