by CURHEALTH | 9 September 2021
Turmeric is one of the nature's most powerful healers. Turmeric spice and its active ingredient curcumin can reduce inflammation, among the other health benefits.
Go to any Indian kitchen and turmeric is sure to be present in the spice armament. It is hard to argue with turmeric's powers, do you know why? Turmeric’s healing properties and easy availability have made it in everyday Indian dishes for the health curious.
Turmeric is widely used as a food coloring and gives Indian curry its distinctive flavour. It also has been traditionally used as a dye, a spice, and as a powerful natural immunity booster in both Indian and Chinese medicine. In the Indian Ayurveda system of herbal medicine, turmeric is known for strengthening and warming to the whole body.1
Curcumin is a pigment found in turmeric that not only gives it it’s characteristic bright hue, but also has a range of health benefits. These health properties include antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. Curcumin, contained in turmeric, is also attributed to have potential anti-cancer, antidiabetic, anti-allergic, and neuroprotective effects. Because of these wide-ranging properties, turmeric has been used in a variety of medical applications throughout the history.
Turmeric is more than just a bright, flavourful spice; it’s also loaded with potential health benefits. Here are several ways turmeric and curcumin may benefit your health:
Has a positive Carminative effect: Turmeric helps with digestion. It is used in traditional medicine to improve digestion,reduce gas and bloating. It is also known to help improving liver functions.
Helps with Menstrual Cramping: Turmeric extract or bitters twice daily for two weeks prior to expected menstruation works wonders for women who experience monthly menstrual cramps. Turmeric is antispabaseodic to baseooth muscles, so it reduces digestive and menstrual cramping.
Helps to reduce Infection: In alternative and herbal medicine, turmeric is used to treat conjunctivitis, chicken pox and urinary disorders. Topical application of turmeric may also help to prevent spread of skin infection.
Exerts positive Cardioprotective effect: Curcumin may be helpful curbing the blockage of arteries that may cause a heart-attack or stroke. Turmeric makes cholesterol levels low and inhibits the oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol).
Helps with Depression: Curcumin if added to standard care, might help to improve depressive and mood disorder symptoms in people with depression.
Helps manage Diabetes: Curcumin may also help prevent type 2 diabetes by improving insulin resistance, reducing inflammation,lowering high blood sugar, and reducing high cholesterol.
Arthritis pain: Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory, pain relieving and antiarthritic properties, that might help in arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Helps with Alzheimer’s: Curcumin as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action can improve the cognitive functions and slow down the risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Probable Anti-Cancer effects: Curcumin is also a powerful antioxidant and can help to damage the cancers cells. Several studies support that the frequent use of turmeric has been linked to lower rates of breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer. It can also reduce the side effect of chemotherapy.
Supports Skin Health: Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant-rich property makes it effective for treating skin conditions including: eczema, psoriasis and acne. The best part is that curcumin leads to no toxic effects. No wonder it helps you get rid of hacking cough.
Blend it up.Turmeric is a wonderful addition to baseoothies, adding a depth of flavor and warmth while delivering all its amazing health benefits. Try this Creamy Pista baseoothie today.
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Immunity, can’t be built overnight, but a healthy diet and lifestyle is the key for it. Including super ingredients like curcumin can help in this immunity journey and keep you healthy, come rain or shine.
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