We sell fresh Australian grown turmeric. Located just out of Darwin NT, the tropical weather which includes monsoons and a dry season provide the perfect growing environment for turmeric. Most of the worlds turmeric comes from India which has an almost identical climate, temperature and seasons as we do in Northern Australia.
The Health Benefits of Fresh Turmeric
The benefits of fresh turmeric are enormous. I could go on forever about the health benefits of consuming fresh turmeric. I say ‘fresh’ because I am skeptical of how the commercial ground turmeric spice is processed and believe that there may be no nutritional and medicinal properties left in this type of ground turmeric. As this website is about Gut Health I will not go on about all the other wonderful benefits of turmeric.
Turmeric for Digestive Health
Turmeric is highly beneficial for the affect it has on the digestive system. Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine consider turmeric to be a digestive bitter and a calmative.
Turmeric is often recommended for continual digestive weakness and/or congestion. If you feel tired after consuming meals or experience gas and bloating, turmeric may help.
The anti-inflammatory benefits of Turmeric are very well known, however it is also an anti-inflammatory to the mucous membranes, which coat the lungs, throat, stomach and intestines. It does so by reducing the congestion and inflammation from idle mucous membranes.
People with the conditions like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), colitis, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, post-giardia or post salmonella could benefit from regular use of turmeric.
As a follow up treatment of antibiotics treatments, in addition to pro-biotics, turmeric helps to improve the intestinal flora and act as an anti-bacterial.
Turmeric for Liver Health
The liver is considered part of the digestive system and turmeric is highly treasured for the influence it has on the liver.
Turmeric is a cholagogue which is an action that has the specific effect of stimulating the flow of bile from the liver. This improves the body’s ability to digest fats.
Turmeric has similar liver protecting compounds that artichoke leaves and milk thistle (silymarin) contain.
It is said to be useful to treat liver conditions such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and jaundice as it can shrink engorged hepatic ducts. As a potent detoxifier, Turmeric could also benefit skin conditions including: eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Medicinal and biological properties of turmeric
A document titled ‘Post Harvest Operations’ from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations states the following:
“Turmeric and isolated compounds from turmeric have demonstrated a remarkable variety of beneficial pharmacological activities. These include antioxidant, antiarthritic, antimutagenic, antitumor, anti-tumor promotion, antithrombotic, antivenom by neutralizing the hemorrhagic effect of the venom in mice, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, nematocidal, , choleretic and antihepatotoxic activities. Low incidence of Alzheimers disease in regions where turmeric is extensively used in cuisine and as an herbal remedy suggests that it may protect against this disease since areas of high consumption such as those in India have very low Alzheimers incidence.Further, a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimers has shown favorable response to curcumin therapy. Little or no toxicity is reported for humans receiving large (8 g/day18) therapeutic doses of curcumin, an important major component of turmeric. Rather than exhibiting dose dependent toxicity, rodent experiments have shown that administration of the major metabolite of curcumin from early in life can extend median life span by 11%.30 The record of use of turmeric in Indian traditional ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years supports its possible therapeutic efficacy and its likely low toxicity.
All these findings about turmeric biological activities make it a good candidate for development of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, or food ingredients with functional properties”.