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The benefits of turmeric and how it can help with fertility too!

Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)

Indian cuisine varies by region for a number of reasons, such as cultural and religious differences, depending on the ruler of a particular area (the Portuguese, the Mughals and the British)

For example, rice is popular in southern India, fish and coconut in Kerala, chilli in Rajasthan, wheat in punjab etc. Landscape and climate also play a huge part too

There are however certain spices and ingredients that seem to be used in most areas of India and these include garlic, cumin, ginger, turmeric and black pepper. We are going to explore some of the health benefits associated with many of the main spices, herbs and ingredients in a number of upcoming articles. Here we start with the wonderful spice T’urmeric!

Turmeric is also known as Indian saffron or the golden spice and it comes from the curcuma longa plant. The turmeric root, or rhizome, grows underground and looks similar to ginger.

India is the largest producer of turmeric and has been since ancient times and consumes nearly 80% of the world’s turmeric!

Turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes for more than 4000 years, especially in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of natural healing. In Ayurvedic practices, healers have used this herb to treat wounds and infections, respiratory conditions, alleviate gas, improve digestion and relieve arthritis, just to name a few.

So, what makes this golden spice so powerful?

Curcumin — the bioactive compound in turmeric.

Turmeric has been found in numerous studies to provide a whole host of health benefits

Such as in heart health, reducing PMS, skin health, reducing depression and reducing the symptoms of arthritis to name a few.

When it comes to fertility, one of the most important properties of turmeric is its ability to reduce inflammation. The curcumin compounds found in Turmeric give it natural anti-inflammatory properties and have been shown to inhibit pro-inflammatory enzymes.

Excess inflammation is known to be the root cause of a variety of imbalances in the body

Several reproductive disorders are accompanied by chronic inflammation, which can significantly reduce your ability to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy. Some of which are:

  • poor sperm and egg quality
  • uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts
  • endometriosis
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • pelvic inflammatory disease
  • early menopause (premature ovarian failure)
  • poor sperm and egg quality

As well as including a little turmeric in your diet why not help reduce inflammation by including some of the following foods in your diet too

Berries, dark leafy greens, blueberries, pineapple, celery, beetroot, cruciferous vegetables, wild salmon and oily fish, coconut oil, fermented vegetables and probiotic foods.

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