Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years as a dye and later in traditional medicines for its medicinal properties. Over the centuries, turmeric has become one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes especially in Indian dishes. Although typically used in its dried, powdered form, turmeric also is used fresh, like ginger. Today, turmeric capsules and teas are highly promoted health supplement. And following are its benefits.
1. Turmeric fights inflammation
One of the active compounds in turmeric is curcumin, that helps maintain healthy inflammation responses. Curcumin actually has the ability to heal multiple areas and levels in the inflammatory pathway. Numerous studies have found link between turmeric consumption and decrease of inflammation especially in arthritis. It relieves inflamed, swollen joints.
2. Turmeric promotes heart health
Turmeric is an anti-coagulant. It prevents blood clot. In other words, it improves the lining of blood vessels that would finally enhance the blood circulation. Heart attack and stroke are consequences of obstruction in blood flow.
3. Turmeric aids digestion
Turmeric improves digestion by helping the stomach withstand digestive acids by increasing the gastric wall mucus. Warm and bitter nature of turmeric helps reduce bloating and eliminating excessive gas in the digestive system. It also prevents constipation, ulcers, bleeding in the bowels.
4. Turmeric brightens skin
Antioxidants in turmeric help fight the signs of aging like wrinkles and pigmentation by curbing the growth of free radicals. It also brightens skin and rejuvenates dull skin. It prevents pimple-causing bacteria and reduces the oil secretion. Turmeric can be applied topically to give a glowing skin.
5. Turmeric regulates mood
Hormone imbalance, genetic changes, difficult life situations and other medical problems lead to damage in brain neurons known as neurodegeneration causing mood swings, depression, and other mental disorders. Recent studies have revealed that curcumin has the ability to promote neurogenesis by generating new cells in the brain. This means, turmeric improves the brain’s health such as depression. Turmeric has also shown to improve memory.
6. Turmeric balances blood sugar
Turmeric increases insulin sensitivity, improves insulin function and protects beta cells which produce insulin that lead to lower the blood sugar level. It also reduces insulin resistance by helping insulin get into cells. In other words, turmeric helps prevent diabetes and reduce diabetes-related complications.
7. Turmeric detoxifies the body
Liver is the most important organs for detoxification. When the liver is supported through the use of turmeric, it can also help to detoxify the blood, reduce inflammation, and prevent internal blood clotting. When the liver is properly cleansed, it also secrets bile which can help break down fats which store more toxins.
8. Turmeric boosts the immune system
Turmeric’s high antioxidant concentration helps strengthen the body’s immune system. Strengthened immunity leads to better resistance against various bacteria and viruses. Simple example of it, but not limited to, is its ability to prevent common cold.