Peppery, warm and bitter flavor Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. It is long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. It helps in a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.
Journal of the American Chemical Society mentions that turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcuma longa, also known as turmeric, is effective in the treatment of various types of cancer, including breast and ovarian cancer, which has risen 30 percent among women in the last one decade, says a study conducted.
Turmeric has nearly 20 molecules with antibiotic property, 14 molecules with cancer preventive potential, 12 with anti-tumour effect, says the study. "At least 12 molecules in it have anti-cancer effect while 10 of them have anti-oxidant features. Overall, turmeric is known for it's antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant property. It is known to be a good digestive substance," said the study.
According to the study, turmeric contains curcuminoids which are the main component found to be effective in cancer treatment. "Curcumin, the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, has been intensely studied as a cancer protective agent. Its potential has been tapped in head and neck cancers, breast, lung, gastro-intestinal cancer, ovarian cancer, melanoma, neurological cancers, sarcoma, leukemias and lymphoma," said the study.