herbal compendium, Medicine Chest

Turmeric: Curcuma longa

Turmeric has become one of the most ubiquitious herbal medicines, and it’s no wonder why. Almost weekly there are new scientific studies being published about the benefits that turmeric and its active compounds can provide.

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  •  Anti-atherogenic
  • Anti-inflammatory (COX-1 inhibitor)
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-platelet
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Choleretic
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Hypolipidaemic

Consituents

  • Curcuminoids: curcumin

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Curcumin is predominantly used as an anti-inflammatory agent, particularly for different types of arthritis and psoriasis. However the anti-inflammatory benefits are exhibited in a large range of systems in the body, including the musculo-skeletal, digestive, nervous and integumentary (skin) systems.

It also displays many hepatic and digestive benefits, useful for reducing cholesterol, protecting against cholesterol oxidation and supporting liver health.

Reproductive health can also benefit from turmeric compounds.

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