Many alternative health experts have learned that turmeric has health benefits. But do you know what benefits you can get by drinking turmeric water everyday? One of the turmeric benefits for stomach health. A compound that a major concern is curcumin. It is a substance that makes yellow in turmeric. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. According to observations, curcumin is also effective as an anticancer agent.
What is curcumin?
Curcumin is one of the compounds isolated from the Curcuma plant and gives yellow in the turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) Curcumin is widely used as spices and coloring in foods as well as coloring the textiles. Traditionally curcumin is also used for treatment of various diseases such as anorexia, cough, diabetes, hepatitis, rheumatism and sinusitis.
Curcumin is present in various genera Curcuma in relatively small amounts. In turmeric plants about 3-4% consisting of curcumin I 94%, curcumin II 6% and curcumin III 0.3%. Curcumin is a secondary metabolite compound, and chemically belongs to the phenolic group. Curcumin was isolated by Vogel and Pellettier in 1818 but was found in a crystalline form by Daube in 1870. The synthesis of curcumin was first performed by Milobedzka in 1910. Curcumin has the molecular formula C21H20O6 with a molecular weight of 368.37. Curcumin is insoluble in water but soluble in chloroform, dichloromethane, methanol, ethanol, ethyl acetate, dimethyl sulphoxide and acetone.
Benefits of turmeric for the stomach and the digestive
Turmeric has long been known to treat the gastrointestinal system of our body. Turmeric helps our stomach to keep the level of acidity, which many expressed can endanger health. Here are some benefits of turmeric for the stomach and the digestive system:
Overcome digestive problem
Research studies have shown that turmeric helps the release of bile, which is believed to help digest food. Turmeric is known to do this by stimulating the gallbladder. Bile plays a role to absorb fat and vitamins in the small intestine. The use of turmeric to overcome the digestion problem has been approved by the Research Commission in Germany.
Prevent gas deposits
Turmeric soothe the upper digestive system by getting rid of the gas. Turmeric is also known to help improve intestinal absorption. Colitis is one of chronic gastrointestinal disorders that often recur and is difficult to recover completely. Colitis can cause abdominal pain and characterized by the presence of blood in the stool. The study of turmeric for stomach problems done to patients with ulcerative colitis has found that patients who drink turmeric have a lower recurrence rate.
Because beneficial for digestion as described above, turmeric will keep up digestive health. Turmeric also promotes peristaltic movement of the colon, so the food movement to be smooth. Thus we will be far from constipation.
The food we eat has the potential to cause damage to the digestive system. Every day we eat foods that have corrosive properties and harm the stomach wall and intestines. Turmeric will help reduce the effect by increasing mucus in the stomach wall by acting as a protective layer.
Turmeric consuming to support health
Take a few pieces of fresh turmeric that has been cleaned. Grate turmeric, then add a glass of boiled water, and strain it. Before drinking, add 1 tablespoon of raw pure honey and lime to add flavor. If there is no honey, you can replace it with sweet sugar. Drink one glass every morning, 2-3 times a week.
Things to note, yellow bulbs are safe for consumption, provided it is not excessive every day. Pregnant and lactating mothers should avoid taking turmeric supplements. Before taking turmeric supplements, you should consult your obstetrician.