A strong anti-oxidant.
In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric was prescribed for treatment of many conditions, including poor vision, rheumatic pains, and coughs, and to increase milk production. Native peoples of the Pacific sprinkled the dust on their shoulders during ceremonial dances and used it for numerous medical problems ranging from constipation to skin diseases. Turmeric was used for numerous intestinal infections and ailments in Southeast Asia.
The active constituent is known as curcumin. It has been shown to have a wide range of therapeutic actions. First, it protects against free radical damage because it is a strong antioxidant.
2 Second, it reduces inflammation by lowering histamine levels and possibly by increasing production of natural cortisone by the adrenal glands.
3 Third, it protects the liver from a number of toxic compounds
.4 Fourth, it has been shown to reduce platelets from clumping together, which in turn improves circulation and may help protect against atherosclerosis.
5 There are also test-tube and animal studies showing a cancer-preventing action of curcumin. In one of these studies, curcumin effectively inhibited metastasis (uncontrolled spread) of melanoma (skin cancer) cells.
6 This may be due to its antioxidant activity in the body. Curcumin inhibits HIV in test tubes, though human trials are needed to determine if it has any usefulness for treating humans with this condition.
What else should I know?
INGREDIENTS FOR Solgar Turmeric Root Extract:
Each Solgar SFP Turmeric Root Extract vegetable capsule provides:
• Standardised Turmeric Root Extract (285mg [95%] curcuminoids)300mg,
• Raw Turmeric Root Powder 150mg,
• PhytO2X (powdered blend of beta-carotene prep. and ascorbic acid).
• PhytO2X is a special blend of natural antioxidants, the purpose of which is to maintain the freshness of the ingredients.
For adults take 1 to 2 vegecaps per day, prefrerably at meal time.
Used in the recommended amounts, turmeric is generally safe. It has been used in large quantities as a condiment with no adverse reactions. Some herbal books recommend not taking high amounts of turmeric during pregnancy as it may cause uterine contractions and people with gallstones or obstruction of bile passages should consult their healthcare practitioner before using turmeric.
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