Antifungals, Foods

Antifungal benefits of Turmeric

TurmericIt is often surprising just how many amazing natural wonders are to found in your kitchen, Turmeric being one of them. Recognised as a bright yellow spice, Turmeric or Curcuma Longa is the stem of rhizomatous herbaceous plant of ginger family. Other than flavouring /colouring food, turmeric is used extensively for its healing properties.

Turmeric and its medicinal properties

Curcumin, an active substance in turmeric is enriched with anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antioxidant and anticancer properties. Not only does is it packed with health benefits but it is also bursting with flavour, slightly bitter and peppery  with  a mustard like smell. For more than 2500 years, Turmeric has been used in India. Earlier, it was used as a dye, but later on, people started using it as a spice to colour and add flavour to Indian, Thai or Persian recipes.

Known for its antioxidants, an antifungal and anti-inflammatory property, Curcumin is nature’s gift to humanity. Even scientists have now confirmed its medicinal benefits for treating a number of health conditions including upset stomach, viral infections, scabies, uveitis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and HIV. Here, we will focus on the antifungal properties of turmeric that proves to be very effective in treating fungal infections like Candida Albicans in the digestive system.

Candida and Turmeric

Candida infection is an overgrowth of yeast in the intestines leading to leaky guts. Candida Albicans can cause indigestion, bloating, gas and chronic disease. Candida infection is diagnosed via blood tests and stool samples. Use of conventional medicine like Nystatin can effectively treat Candida but many people are now turning away from powerful medicins that may have side effects in favour of natural remedies. Turmeric has been found to have beneficial effects in controlling Candida can comes with health benefits rather than side effects.

Turmeric, also known as Curcumin, has been shown in recent studies to inhibit Candida growth. Not only this, Linus Pauling Institute’s recent research has unveiled curative value of turmeric to treat colorectal cancers.

A research team in Brazil has proved the effectiveness of turmeric against 23 aliments caused by fungi in the body  including Candida Albicans. This team brought to light the fact that turmeric can successfully inhibit the overgrowth of Candida at low concentration. This fact holds true to many other fungal strains.

When testing Curcumin with the use of human cells, researchers observed that Curcumin was able to slow down the adhesion to human cheek cells or BEC of each type of Candida studied. In fact, turmeric or Curcumin proved to be more powerful than antifungal fluconazole. In simple words, Curcumin as a substance in turmeric was more helpful in preventing Candida to attach to human cells than Diflucan.

Another study discovered the way ascorbic acid, a type of vitamin C, affects the antifungal properties of turmeric. While ascorbic acid alone has no major antifungal properties, the researchers have found that ascorbic acid can make antifungal properties of Curcumin more powerful. Above all, the Curcumin is a sought-after option to treat Candida overgrowth and is five to ten times more effective against fungal infections when used with ascorbic acid. To be more precise, patients with Candida Albicans may consider using any vitamin C supplement to make Curcumin work more efficiently against fungal infections like Candida.

Try to incorporate turmeric into your cooking regularly. Even better, try adding in vegetables that are high in vitamin C to boost the effectiveness of the Curcumin. Foods high in vitamin C include: Broccoli, Potatoes, Peas, Peppers, Spinach and other greens.

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