The Raw Turmeric : A Part from the Book Chapter : Turmeric: The Ultimate Health Elixir for a Balanced Life

  • Anything in pure and raw form is always preferred due to its high nutritional properties and health benefits.
  • In this form the powerful ingredient curcumin is not lost but is intact in it and hence delivers most of its benefit.
  • You can grate it over your food or cut it into slices or pieces.
  • Topping can be done over salads or wraps.
  • The raw turmeric adds a unique flavour to the cuisine.
  • In 1 teaspoon of fresh or ground turmeric, there is approx. 200 mg of curcumin.
  • To get benefit for anti-inflammatory effects the dosage can be increased up to 1000 mg.
  • The powder form is not as pure as raw Turmeric.
  • It is the easiest form to use.
  • Curcumin content is lost in the processing but there is still curcumin present, which is better than having no curcumin.
  • It works well as a condiment and cosmetic products.
  • It is widely used in making curries as it imparts a rich flavour to the food and acts as a preservative.
  • From ancient times the powder form is also used in face masks for skin treatments.
  • It is powerful in the treatment of acne, scars and reducing pore size.

Author(s) Details:

Bandana Chatterjee

Allahabad University, India


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Recent Global Research Developments in Turmeric’s Effects on Skin Health

A systematic review of clinical evidence [1] explored the use of both topical and ingested turmeric/curcumin for skin health. Here are the key findings:

Skin Conditions Studied:

  • The studies examined various skin conditions, including acne, alopecia, atopic dermatitis, facial photoaging, oral lichen planus, pruritus, psoriasis, radiodermatitis, and vitiligo.

Positive Effects:

  • Ingestion: Some studies reported statistically significant improvement in skin disease severity with ingested turmeric/curcumin.
  • Topical Application: Other studies found benefits from topical turmeric/curcumin products.

Early Evidence:

  • Overall, there is early evidence that turmeric/curcumin products (both oral and topical) may provide therapeutic benefits for skin health.
  • However, it’s important to note that currently published studies are limited, and further research is needed to better evaluate efficacy and mechanisms involved.

References

  1. Vaughn AR, Branum A, Sivamani RK. Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence. Phytother Res. 2016 Aug;30(8):1243-64. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5640. Epub 2016 May 23. PMID: 27213821.

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