Turmeric has always been a quintessential spice for my meals, from curries to lentils and marinates. Apart from being a popular spice for cooking, turmeric has many medicinal benefits too and there are numerous studies validating its healing properties.
The botanical name for turmeric is Curcuma longa and is part of the ginger family. Curcumin is the main component found in turmeric that is responsible for its medicinal benefits and properties.
Here we take a look at several of its benefits:
1. It’s anti-inflammatory.
Curcumin has anti-inflammatory qualities and is believed to reduce certain enzymes in the body known to trigger inflammation. This make it effective for fighting heart disease, osteoarthritis pain, and other health problems related to inflammation. Traditionally, turmeric has been used in India to aid in the treatment of stomach ulcers and in reducing inflammation in people with arthritis and colitis.
2. It suppresses fat.
According to research conducted by Tufts University, curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, may help to suppress body fat growth and reduce weight gain, and might provide a boost for metabolism.
3. Prevents cancer.
Recent studies show turmeric is a powerful adversary to cancer. Curcumin helps prevent several forms of cancer including breast, lung, stomach, liver anc colon. Curcumin shows a marked ability to inhibit cancer cell growth, boost antioxidant levels and the immune system, and kill cancer cells.
4. Reduces blood sugar.
Various research studies have shown that adding the spice in your diet may be helpful in decreasing blood sugar and other complications of diabetes.
5. Protects and detoxifies the liver.
Curcumin’s ability to reduce inflammation is being studied for its potential in protecting against liver injury and the build up of toxins in the liver. Experimental research suggests that the spice seems to delay the liver damage that eventually causes cirrhosis. detoxifies the liver.
6. It helps keep you young.
Turmeric is one of the highest antioxidant-containing spices on the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) scale which measures the amount and activity of antioxidants in foods. In Asia, turmeric is often used as a beauty treatment to tighten skin and reduce inflammation. It also said to improve skin tone, lighten skin discolorations, reduce fine lines, smaller pores and prevents wrinkles.
7. Slows the progression of Alzheimer’s.
It has been suggested that turmeric may be able to prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. This may be facilitated by the fact that it can break down the levels of plaque surrounding the brain, thereby increasing the amounts of oxygen that are able to reach it.
8. It has antidepressant effects.
A study from leading universities in China revealed that a compound found in turmeric has antidepressant properties. Turmeric seems to be able to treat the symptoms of depressive disorders naturally and effectively without any side effects.
9. A great addition to you first-aid kit.
Turmeric features antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, so it can be used in the treatment of wounds. It aid in the restructuring of skin, so it might prevent scarring after injuries.
Its time to start adding this wonderful spice to our meals more often!