Turmeric, which is labeled as ‘King of all Spices’, is a culinary spice, and is one of nature’s healing wonder. It is a member of the ginger family and its active ingredient ‘curcumin’ has amazing healing properties.
Amazing health benefits of turmeric
Turmeric has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, anti-tumor, anti-allergic, antiseptic and anticarcinogenic properties; and thus it protects the body from any type of infection.
Turmeric is loaded with nutrients such as dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K sodium, calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper and iron. It has zero cholesterol and zero fat and has very low calories. Turmeric has a powerful medicinal compound called curcumin, which has various health benefits.
- Prevents cancer
Studies show that curcumin in turmeric plays an important role in preventing and treating cancer. It has the ability to differentiate cancer cells and kill them with disturbing the non-cancerous cells and prevents the regrowth of cancer stem cells. It stops the growth of blood vessels in tumor. Turmeric also reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
- Fights diabetes risk
The active compound curcumin in turmeric has the potential to prevent diabetes and control the blood sugar level in Type II diabetic patients. Curcumin lowers glucose level and insulin resistance. Curcumin prevents inflammation in the pancreas which can develop into diabetes.
- Protects the heart and prevents heart diseases
Turmeric has the potential to improve heart health. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties protect the heart against cardiac inflammation. Formation of plague in the arteries or atherosclerosis prevents flow of blood to the heart and causes heart attacks. The buildup of plague can also lead to blood clots, which can also cause heart diseases. Research proves that turmeric can reduce plague and clots, playing an important role in preventing coronary heart diseases. The inflammatory effect of turmeric prevents atrial arrhythmias and ventricular arrhythmias.
- Fights high blood pressure
Including turmeric in your food can lower blood pressure. Turmeric’s compound curcumin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation is one cause for blood pressure and turmeric potentially reduces inflammation, thus lowering the risk of high bloods pressure. Turmeric dilates the arteries ensuring smooth flow of blood and reducing the risk of high blood pressure.
- Lowers cholesterol
Studies show that curcumin in turmeric can reduce cholesterol level. Curcumin lowers the triglyceride levels in the body, and also lowers the LDL or bad cholesterol to anything between one-half to one-third level in people who consume turmeric. Studies also show that curcumin has the potential to increase the good cholesterol or HDL. Curcumin also prevents the clogging of arteries by reducing the total serum cholesterol level.
- Is a neuroprotective agent
Curcumin compound in turmeric improves brain health. It increases neural stem cell growth in the brain and also improved brain’s self repair and also improved alertness and contentedness.
- Promotes weight loss
Curcumin has the power to burn fat and reduce weight. It increases the production of bile by the gallbladder, which breaks down the fat in the stomach, thus causing loss of weight. Consuming turmeric everyday can help you with your weight management goals.
- Skin care spice
Antiseptic and antibacterial properties in turmeric fights pimple and acne. Turmeric reduces wrinkles and signs of aging and also prevents facial hair growth. It has the potential to remove dead cells and sooth the skin, making it glow.
- Healthy hair
Turmeric promotes hair growth and is an effective treatment for scalp diseases such as dermatitis and eczema. It prevents dandruff. It improves the circulation of blood in the scalp, preventing hair loss and providing nutrition to the hair follicles.
- Better eyesight
Curcumin has antioxidant properties that fight free radicals and prevent eye problems like glaucoma and macular degeneration. Turmeric degreases oxidation of the lens, thus preventing cataract.
- Heals arthritis
Curcumin in turmeric has properties to heal rheumatoid arthritis. It alleviates the symptoms of arthritis and reduces inflammation and pains associated with arthritis. It relieves joint stiffness and swelling and improves walking.
- Boosts immune system
Turmeric has the power to boost the immune system. Curcumin improves cell health and increases its resistance to various types of infections and chronic diseases. It activates the compound Cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide that identifies and destroys bacteria’s.
- Prevents stroke
Turmeric is helpful in preventing and treating strokes. It prevents clogging of the arteries making the blood flow easily to the brain, preventing stroke. It also helps to regenerate the brain cells after suffering from stroke.
- Treats stomach problems
Turmeric has medicinal properties to treat various stomach problems such as stomach pain, diarrhea, and stomach blotting and intestinal gas. It destroys bacteria’s and viruses that cause infection. It is also an excellent remedy for gastrointestinal problems, soothing gastric inflammation and ulcers.
- Halts bronchitis
Turmeric prevents respiratory disorders and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin prevent bronchitis. It improves blocked airways associated with bronchitis.
- Treats cough and cold
Turmeric is rich in curcumin which is an effective home remedy for cough and cold. Its antiviral and antiseptic properties help in treating viral infections such as cough and cold
- Treats depression
Studies show that curcumin compound in turmeric is very effective in treating depressive disorders by enhancing anti-depressant properties. Curcumin increases the level of serotonin, a neurotransmitter which regulates the mood and the level of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls emotional responses.
- Aids digestion
Adding turmeric to your food is very beneficial for indigestion and can be used to treat digestive disorders. It stimulates gastric juice production in case of indigestion. It increases the release of bile, by the gallbladder which plays an important role in digestion.
- Heals wounds
Turmeric has antiseptic properties and can be used as an ointment to heal wounds, cuts, cysts, boils and bruises. It also reduces swelling and pain due to sprains. Turmeric can be made to paste by mixing with water and applied on the skin on the infected area. Turmeric can be applied for relief from insect bites, itching and ringworm.
- Prevents liver problems
Curcumin in turmeric has the potential to prevent liver damage because it has anti-inflammatory properties. Excessive alcohol can cause liver damage and curcumin is effective in preventing ALD (alcohol Liver Damage)
- Prevents kidney problems
Studies show that the curcumin is effective in effective urinary disorders. The antioxidant and antibacterial properties of curcumin eliminate free radicals and prevent any infection or damage to the kidney and also eliminate bacteria’s that cause urinary tract infection. Turmeric can also be used to treat thick and dense and foul smelling urine and discharges.
- Aids detoxification
Including turmeric in your daily diet is an effective way to cleanse your body, because it aids in detoxification and elimination of toxins from the body.
- Benefits female reproductive system
Turmeric has the power to normalize menstruation, decrease pain during periods, prevent menstrual cramps, prevent vaginal discharges and also prevent uterus cancer.