Turmeric, also known as curcuma longa, and is a very common herb. Often referred to as ‘Queen of the Spices’, its main characteristics are a pepper like aroma, sharp taste, and golden color. People across the globe use this herb in their cooking. However, turmeric benefits go beyond the kitchen table.
Turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, and anti inflammatory properties.
It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
Due to all of these factors, turmeric is often used to treat a wide variety of health problems. Let’s take a closer look at the many wonderful benefits of this extremely versatile herb.
Improving Your Health With Turmeric Benefits
Relieves Arthritis Pain
The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric are great for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, turmeric’s antioxidant property destroys free radicals in the body that damage body cells. It has been found that those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who consume turmeric on a regular basis experience much relief from the moderate to mild joint pains as well as joint inflammation.
Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Brain inflammation is suspected to be one of the leading causes of cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric supports overall brain health by aiding in the removal of plaque build-up in the brain and improving the flow of oxygen. This can also prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Many key components in turmeric stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile, which then improves digestion and reduces symptoms of bloating and gas. Also, turmeric is helpful in treating most forms of inflammatory bowel disease including ulcerative colitis. However, it is important to know that people suffering from any kind of bladder disease should not take turmeric as a dietary supplement as it may worsen the condition. It is best to consume turmeric in raw form when suffering from a digestive problem.
Research has shown that simply using turmeric as a food seasoning can reduce serum cholesterol levels. It is a known fact that cholesterol can lead to other serious health problems. Maintaining a proper cholesterol level can prevent many cardiovascular diseases.
Helps Control Diabetes
Turmeric can also be used to help control diabetes by helping to moderate insulin levels. It also improves glucose control and increases the effect of medications used to treat diabetes. Another significant benefit is turmeric’s effectiveness in helping reduce insulin resistance, which may prevent the onset of Type-2 diabetes, However, when combined with strong medications, turmeric can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It is best to consult a healthcare professional before taking turmeric capsules.
Helps Prevent Cancer
Turmeric can help prevent prostate cancer, stop the growth of existing prostate cancer and even destroy cancer cells. It is believed that the active components in turmeric makes it one of the best protectors against radiation-induced tumors. It also has a preventive effect against tumor cells such as T-cell leukemia, colon carcinomas, and breast carcinomas.
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be used as an effective disinfectant. If you have a cut or burn, you can sprinkle turmeric powder on the affected area to speed up the healing process. Turmeric also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Greatly Improves Your Immune System
Turmeric contains a substance called lipopolysaccharide, which helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system. A strong immune system lessens the chance of suffering from colds, the flu, and coughs. If you do get a cold, a cough, or the flu you can feel better sooner by mixing one teaspoon of turmeric powder in 4-6 ounces of warm milk and drinking it once daily.
Check out my other home remedy articles that also contain great information on turmeric:
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Disclaimer: It is best to consult with your physician for proper dosages concerning any turmeric remedy and it’s possible reaction to any and all medications you may be taking. The above information is for informational purposes ONLY and is not meant to replace any medical advice or treatment you are receiving OR may receive from your physician. If you are pregnant or nursing, always consult your physician before starting any and all home remedies.
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