7 PROVEN HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC
“I have 99 problems and turmeric solved like 86 of them!”
A spice quietly existing in a corner of your kitchen, turmeric is a power house of health benefits. Turmeric has been a part of our culture since the ancient times and for good reason. This yellow root comes with a plethora of benefits, some of which we’ve put together for you:
THE MANY BENEFITS OF TURMERIC
- Lowers The Risk Of Heart Diseases
Turmeric contains curcumin which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong antioxidant. Chronic inflammation makes the body susceptible to heart diseases. Regular consumption of turmeric in the appropriate quantities can lower the risk of heart diseases.
- Keeps Blood Sugar In Control
Turmeric helps keep the blood-sugar level in check and is therefore good for people with type-1 or type-2 diabetes. It lowers the blood-sugar level and fights insulin resistance.
- Relief In Joint Pain
The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric are also known to work their magic on relieving joint pain. It can help in relieving the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. A study conducted with people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/jmf.2016.3705 published in the Journal of Medicinal Food says participants who were given a regular dose of curcumin reported significant improvement in their pain and inflammation.
- A Boon In Hair Fall Treatment
The anti-microbial properties of turmeric help fight dandruff and maintain a healthy scalp, thus combating hair loss and promoting hair re-growth.
- Strengthen The Immune System
Since ages turmeric has been believed to have medicinal properties that help ward off common cold, cough and other ailments. Turmeric is believed to increase the immunity-boosting proteins in our body, thus making our body stronger to fight diseases.
- Helps In Regulating The Mood
If you need any more reasons to believe in the goodness of turmeric, it also helps in regulating the mood and is useful in depression treatment. A study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23832433 found that curcumin can be used as an effective and safe modality in the treatment of patients with Major Depressive Disorder.
- A Blessing In Skin Ailments
As seen earlier, curcumin in turmeric helps in reducing inflammation and oxidation, thus helping wounds to heal faster. Thus it can help in ailments like eczema skin disease. The anti-bacterial properties of turmeric can also help in killing the bacteria responsible for the itching and redness and other eczema symptoms.
Apart from these, turmeric is also believed to be effective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, headaches, migraines, cancer, burns and in maintaining cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health. Being a natural detox agent, turmeric also boosts liver health.
There are 3 forms in which turmeric can be consumed:
Turmeric Root: Fresh organic turmeric root is great for consumption. It can be eaten raw or added to fresh pressed juice.
Ground Turmeric: An inevitable part of most Indian dishes, ground turmeric can be added to vegetables and meal preparations in order to be consumed.
Turmeric Supplements: Not a very popular mode but a very much available mode of consuming turmeric is through turmeric supplements. It however should be consumed with precaution after consulting your doctor.
Turmeric is also part of the homeopathic system of medicine. Homeopathic medicines are made from natural ingredients and are free from side-effects. Homeopathic medicines with turmeric are used to treat many digestive disorders.
There is no reason why this golden root should not be part of your daily diet. Try including a pinch of turmeric in your daily intake and I am sure ek chutki haldi ki keemat aap samajh jayege!