Turmeric and its benefits, zoom on this health spice!

Discover all the information on turmeric, this superfood health and well-being!

  Turmeric, the super health food!

curcuma longa

Turmeric, is a perennial, rhizomatous of the family of Zingiberaceae.

Usually of size between 50cm and 1 meter, it has large green leaves up to 50cm long.

Needing a high level of sunshine and fertile soil, turmeric is easily cultivated in territories such as India and Asia where it is native.

The term "rhizomatous" means that the plant has one or more rhizomes, a particular stem or root (such as bamboo for example).

Some rhizomes are well known and lead to foods that we consume directly and more or less daily, such as asparagus in France for example.

Some rhizomes also turn into tubers, like the well-known potato.

Less known on our territory, we find cassava and ginger.

To come back to Turmeric , it is from its rhizomes that the spice is extracted that we all know.

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 Culture of turmeric : 

Turmeric comes from a long selection to the point that the existence of wild turmeric is no longer really verifiable because of the various modifications within its DNA.

The first traces of use of Curcuma are found in India in the fourth century, where it was used to cure some heart diseases, still today it is considered "sacred".

Subsequently, its use seems to appear rather during the seventh century in China.

Its use only appears during the seventeenth century in Europe, following its importation in order to use it for its ability to tint the textile, in addition to its beneficial effects on health.

fabrication tapa

For the anecdote " Hina-Tea ", in French Polynesia, the god Rao (god of debauchery), was associated with the culture of turmeric , and was invoked in planting period to bring good luck in the future harvest. Turmeric was used primarily to dye tapas (Tahitian fabrics).  

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Today, Turmeric and its benefits are recognized worldwide for its effects on digestion, and is imported / exported on all continents (nevertheless India remains the most important producer and consumer).

  Recognition turmeric benefits: 

In India and China, it is mainly used for its antioxidant and digestive abilities.

In Europe, it is also used in medicine, to help treat various gastric and inflammatory disorders.

These different effects and benefits would be due to the presence of what has been described as " curcumin ", having a high antioxidant level.

 Like most plants, spices and foods, turmeric is still subject today (and increasingly) to many studies to more accurately determine its effects on the human body and his behavior in the face of certain diseases.

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First of all, it should be noted that turmeric is said to be "unstable", which means that its effects and reactions may vary according to certain factors, which makes studies more difficult, however > turmeric is one of the most promising foods and a lot of experiments have already been done on humans, especially those with cancer, for the most serious diseases.

However, it is already designated as "medicofood", word game between food and medicine.

As such, the WHO (World Health Organization) designates it as a "clinically justified" food. 

  Beneficial effects of turmeric : 

Research on turmeric focuses on its effects against cancers.

According to Wikipedia, in India where turmeric is highly consumed, cancers are reported to be much less present (up to nine times less for colon cancers).

Many physicians and physician associations (such as the American Cancer Society) are very serious about this issue, with turmeric having a strong potential for achieving convincing results.

Its component, curcumin , blocks (in proportions to be quantified) the proliferation of cancer cells, it also promotes the production of enzymes, which would promote the elimination of the disease (studies run for three months and use a little less than 10 grams of turmeric consumed daily, and are used in addition to chemotherapy).

Nevertheless the doses used for these studies are much higher than the doses present in the teas, and the infusion also reduces the contribution, which thus favors the benefits less "intense" than for the fight against the cancer.

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For a lower dose (about 1-2 grams per day), it would still have similar effects to ibuprofen, especially against diseases related to joints such as osteoarthritis.

Among the benefits "more common" and infusion, it is primarily put forward the anti-inflammatory effect, and mainly in the intestines, and therefore digestion as highlighted by the European Medicines Agency. 

 Turmeric and economy : 

India dominates the global market of turmeric , and for good reason, it is used for many applications.

We find it in medicine, in spice for cooking, but also in cosmetics!

India would therefore produce about 2 million tonnes of turmeric a year, of which only 10% would be exported.

For the last ten years or so, worldwide demand for turmeric has been increasing by around 10% per year, with an increased interest in the United States in particular, where, according to wikipedia, it is the most popular plant. in food supplements.

With the development of certain practices such as Ayurvedic medicine (Indian medicine), and the general craze for soft medicine and plants, turmeric has so many bright days in front of him, especially with the various studies highlighting his virtues over the years!

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You can taste this turmeric , which is mixed with pomegranate and mint in our Mintea Tea, directly on our shop!

You can also discover other "super foods" like the acai berry on our dedicated article !