Turmeric is an integral part of Indian and other cuisines of Asian countries. It is not just an ingredient used for cooking but it is also used in the herbal medicine. It has more than 300 antioxidants and other healthy nutrients in turmeric juice that are beneficial for the health.
Together with turmeric powder which can be found on the market, turmeric juice which is raw can be used to feel its various health benefits. The University of Maryland recommends dosage of ½ to 1½ teaspoons (1 to 3 grams) turmeric powder daily.
Also, the turmeric root is used in the preparation of herbal remedies. Raw, fresh turmeric looks like ginger with brown outer skin and the color of the flesh is deep orange. Turmeric root has a peppery, slightly bitter flavor.
The turmeric root can be bought fresh at stores for healthy food. The extraction of the juice is simple.
- A couple of pieces of turmeric root which is fresh should be thoroughly washed in running water and then should be peeled.
- The turmeric roots should be grind-ed in your juicer to get the juice.
- The juice pulp should be collected and should be run a couple more times.
Store the juice in the fridge up to 3 days. The fresh turmeric juice can be used in soups, smoothies, turmeric milk or for cooking the meals that are your favorite.
The turmeric juice can be also extracted by blending turmeric fresh roots together with a glass of water. After that the mixture should be strained. The fresh turmeric root can be also grated and the juice can be strained by using fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
Here is a refreshing, healthy drink recipe using turmeric juice.
- Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of turmeric juice which is fresh and put it in a jug.
- Put the juice of 1 to 2 lemons, depending on your taste.
- Optionally, add a little ginger juice.
- Add 2 tablespoons of raw honey.
- Add 2 cups of cold water and mix the ingredients thoroughly.
Consume the drink with ice. Store the rest of the juice in the fridge for a few days. You can get a richer taste of this healthy drink if you add coriander leaves or fresh mint.
Turmeric juice is generally safe for most people. However, some may experience stomach upset. When taken in excess, it may also cause stomach ulcers.
Moreover, turmeric may not be suitable for people suffering from gallstones and biliary tract obstruction. It also act as a blood thinner.
Below are some of the benefits for the health of the turmeric juice.
1. Reduces the Pain of Arthritis
Turmeric has a substance named curcumin that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This substance even has better effect than some drugs like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). That is due to its inhibition on multiple pathways that are pro-inflammatory. Unlike curcumin, most of the NSAIDs are related to various side effects.
In addition, turmeric juice is helpful for reducing inflammation and pain, which are the symptoms of osteoarthritis, arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric juice can also slow down the progression of the mentioned diseases.
2. Helps in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease
Turmeric juice can be used to prevent or delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, by which the memory is lost gradually. Inflammation is one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s disease.
The anti-inflammatory property of raw turmeric reduces the brain inflammation by blocking the pathway of the COX-2 enzyme that leads to neural inflammation.
In addition, drinking turmeric juice regularly is improving the oxygen’s flow to the brain. This process can also slow or prevent the progression of the disease.
3. Prevents Cancer
Raw turmeric juice is a potential treatment against cancer. The curcumin in turmeric is helpful for getting rid of the free radicals and reducing the damage of the cell membranes as well as DNA, and in that why it is reducing the risk of cancer.
Turmeric can be helpful for preventing or treating different types of cancer, including prostate, breast, lung, liver, oral, skin and colon cancer. You can enjoy the protective anticancer benefits of curcumin by adding a little bit of turmeric juice which is raw to water and drinking it every morning on an empty stomach.
4. Helps with Problems with Digestion
If you suffer from indigestion problem, turmeric juice is very successful home treatment. Turmeric is stimulating the bile releasing of the gallbladder, which is aiding the digestion and reducing the symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation and heartburn. In addition, turmeric juice is improving digestion by increasing the metabolic rate of the body.
Turmeric may also relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis. Consume raw turmeric in small pieces or drink some turmeric juice mixed with water every day to prevent the problems with digestion.
5. Promotes Heart Health
Turmeric juice also helps keep your heart functioning properly. Curcumin is helpful for lowering the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL known as ‘bad’ cholesterol). The proper maintenance of the level of cholesterol can prevent many cardiovascular diseases. It also reduces the risk of strokes.
Turmeric juice also is controlling the buildup and formation of arterial plaque and that is crucial in the prevention from atherosclerosis. It is also helpful in preventing platelet clumping that contributes to clot formation.
6. Regulates Blood Sugar
Another health benefit of turmeric juice is that it helps regulate blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Turmeric is helpful for maintaining the proper function of the pancreas. This is helpful for regulating and balancing the levels of insulin and preventing the resistance of insulin.
It also increases the effectiveness of medications used to treat diabetes. To control your blood sugar, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric juice and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper powder to a cup of water and drink it once daily.
7. Heals Wounds
You can also use undiluted turmeric juice or the paste of raw turmeric to speed up healing of minor wounds and cuts. Turmeric has natural antibacterial and antiseptic agents that can be helpful for healing small wounds and preventing infection.
Its anti-inflammatory action relieves inflammation and pain. It also helps in the formation of new cells of the skin to close a wound.
For stopping the bleeding that has occurred from a wound, try applying some turmeric juice. For promoting the ongoing treatment of healing, start applying turmeric fresh paste on the area that is affected a few times every day.
8. Keeps Skin Healthy
Turmeric juice contains antioxidants that help keep your skin healthy. It helps in the treatment of acne, eczema, psoriasis and uneven skin pigmentation. For treating pimples and clearing acne scars, start applying turmeric juice, a drop of it, on the area that is affected before bed time. The next morning, rinse it off with water.
To enhance complexion, add turmeric juice to your regular weekly face pack. Turmeric juice can stain your skin, but after washing the area with a cleanser and lukewarm water, the stain will come off easily.